Star Spangled Blander

After a decade of women performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, 2017 saw all-American country singer Luke Bryan belt out the Star Spangled Banner. It was well-received, hailed as a return to tradition, but was it actually? We scratched the surface – and found something unusual about it…

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The ‘Ga Spangled Banner

Lady Gaga won great acclaim for her rendition of the American national anthem at Super Bowl 50 – but it’s no real wonder. A closer analysis of her performance shows that she was heavily inspired by a number of artists who sang it before. Was it a fitting tribute? Or a sneaky case of selective theft?

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Oh, Say Can You Sing…?

Being chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon an American pop star. It is also one of the highest pressured. So, to help Idina Menzel on February 1st, we’ve analysed some of the more memorable performances of The Star Spangled Banner from the last 25 years.

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