Poll: Favorite Super Bowl National Anthem

Jennifer Hudson

You know you’ve made it when you get asked to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Some of music’s biggest voices, including Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, and Beyoncé, have had the honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of millions.

Who could forget Whitney Houston’s stirring rendition in 1991 during the Gulf War or Jennifer Hudson’s resilient performance last year after the tragic loss of her family members?

With another Super Bowl upon us, relive some of the highlights throughout the years and tell us which performance blew you away.

Diana Ross in 1982

Whitney Houston in 1991

Luther Vandross in 1997

Mariah Carey in 2002

Beyoncé in 2004

Jordin Sparks in 2008

Jennifer Hudson in 2009


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90 Comments

  1. sugar rush

    Do we even need to ask this question everyone and their mother knows Whitney had the best version, it even became a single for goodness sake.

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  2. Jamie Fierce

    1.) Whitney Houston

    2.) Beyonce

    4.) Luther Vandross

    5.) Mariah Carey

    6.) J- HUD

    7.) Jordin Sparks

    But my vote goes to BEYONCE!:-) Lets go #SAINTS

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  3. mrstackhouse

    I love the Majority of those but Beyonce’s was my favorite she killed it that year and Whitney Houston came in a a close second because her’s is Classic! JHud and Jordon Sparks were Ok but it sounded to Traditional like they didn’t put a Stand out Spin on it.Even though this is for the Super Bowl my other Favorite National Anthems are Marvin Gaye and Destiny’s Child.

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  4. mrstackhouse

    Beyonce’s National Anthem is Incredible she doesnt get enough credit for that. Whitney’s is a Classic but my vote goes to Beyonce!

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  5. jwalksonwater

    Beyonce
    faith Hill
    Whitney

    = top 3

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  6. sugar rush

    I dont understand all this talk about Beyonce’s version when Jhud’s version was miles better than Bey’s…

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  7. jwalksonwater

    if screaming and hollering is what you prefer.. than that’s cute for you

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  8. sugar rush

    ^^ Like Beyonce doesn’t scream and holler?? c’mon now..

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  9. Dawo

    WHITNEY is THE BEST :) Nobody cant do it better like WHITNEY :)

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  10. Dawo

    p.s. NOBODY can sing like WHITNEY

    forget beyonce

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  11. Dawo

    Beyonce did a great Job,but shes far away from WHITNEY.lol

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  12. Gyannistar

    Just the fact that I know that Whitney Lip-synched her version, makes me prefer Beyoncé’s live showing more. Plus the way she sung it was amazing. And I’m not even a fan of hers. Cuz I can’t stand her kiddy-bop music. But occasionally she gets me with songs like ‘Halo’ and this live showing.

    Peace out!

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  13. Jake

    I like how Mariah is subtle and sweet and then girl brings it home in the end. And that high note?!?! Wow, def Mariah.

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  14. *(SHEzADIVaBUTiMtHATbITCh)*

    @Gyannistar it is apparent that you know nothing like the rest of these clowns on here…..

    Whitney and Diana are the only ones who sang live…The founder of the Super Bowl made that very clear and you can google bing yahoo that….

    So in terms of an actual singer…….

    WHITNEY HAS THAT ON LOCK….THATS ALL YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IS WHITNEYS PERFORMANCE……

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  15. Pablo

    mariah!

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  16. KingMo

    Beyonce’s version is the ONLY one that gave me chills…she was amazing. Not a fan of J-Hud’s hollering and Whitney is my #2.

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  17. brandon

    yeah some of these ppl who respond to these things kill me because there so ignorant…I’m a lil scared that we have ppl in the world who think like this…Theres nothing wrong with an opinion, but when u try n state it like it’s a fact, n really believe yourself thas scarey!…Anyway my vote is for whitney, self explanatory…I mean listen.

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  18. En Vogue & Mariah

    I love MCs performance way back in 1990 and the 2002 one. En Vogue also kills with their performances. For anyone who cares…Deborah Cox & Tamia have done excellent renditions of the Canadian national anthem as well!

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  19. mal

    BEYONCE SLAYED THIS ANTHEM!

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  20. Carl

    Beyonce actually gave me chills but I LOVED Whitney’s more!

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  21. Jeremy

    Beyonce has the most annoying vibrato and can’t hold a steady note for longer than .5 seconds. She needs a vocal coach badly!!! Mariah, Whitney, and Jennifer and by far the best!!!

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  22. rockwitu

    LMAO!!! WHITNEY FIRST, THEN JENNIFER HUDSON and for the record they allllll lip synch.

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  23. Drey2R4U

    Jennifer’s I will have to go with. Her’s is definitely one of the most memorable ones. I barely even remembers Beyonce’s version being as thats the same year when Janet performed at the half time show and Janet trumped Beyonce that year and nobody barely remember her performing the thing. Beyonce was good but J-Hud brought me to tears and sent shivers down my spine. Whitney is actually my number 2

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  24. stacey

    I see there are alot of kids visiting the site. Who in there right mind voted beyonce higher than Whitney. *sigh* at the state of music today.

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  25. KNUCK

    I’m tellin u stacey… This poll is as inflated as Beyonce’s stans.. no way in hell..

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  26. Dionna

    Mariah Carey’s is my favorite. That woman can SANG.

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  27. musakfool87

    LMAO @ all you beyonce stans!! Beyonce is better than Whitney? Remove your head from your ass! B is good but Whitney is one of the G.O.A.T.

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  28. Mike

    MARIAH CAREY of course!

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  29. Love Love 187

    You see this is why i dont take the bey stans seriously..

    c’mon on now in all honesty you know Whitney’s version was better but yet you still voted for beyonce.

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  30. MAL

    YALL NEED TO STOP PLAYIN….YALL ALL KNOW JENNIFER HUDSON KILT EVERYBODY…LITERALLY….ALL THEM HIGH NOTES SHE HIT…YALL TRIPPIN FARREAL!!!!!!!

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  31. Justin Lafontaine

    WHITNEY HANDS DOWN I DIDNT EVEN KNOW BEY DID THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, BUT EVERYBODY REMEBERS WHITNEY, MY GUESS IS THAT THEY HAD LIL KIDS VOTING ON THIS ISH

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  32. mark

    Mariah’s version is the only one that stands out for me. Hers is the most specials rendition and she is just soo amazing. Beyonce second to her

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  33. James

    BEYONCE’S WAS THE BEST NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  34. Blasian

    BEYONCE WAS THE BEST! BEYONCE DIDN’T PRE-RECORD HERS LIKE OTHERS. I LOVE WHITNEY’S TOO

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  35. Blasian

    AND MIGHT I ADD BEYONCE LOOKS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DOING IT.

    BEYONCE IS THE BEST SHE SUNG IT LIVE. YOU CAN TELL SHE SUNG IT LIVE LISTEN TO HER BREATHING

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  36. ron.e

    MARIAH! IT WAS ORIGINAL AND CAPTIVATING!

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  37. shellychelle

    TEAM BEYONCE!!! LET’S GO SAINTS! WHO DAT?

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  38. Eric

    People really need to stop living in the past and voting for people only because they are legends and because they “can’t be beaten by today’s trash.” Beyonce’s was by far the most beautiful, the most technically perfect, and the most powerful. She does NOT need a singing coach lol. I love Whitney but who ever said up there that hers was live was lying to make a point. Beyonce’s was live.

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  39. Love Love 187

    Shellechelle

    Girl, go sit down the COLTS are taking this!!!

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  40. shellychelle

    @love love 187 bish don’t play with me lol them SAINTS is whoppin the colts ass! who dat?

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  41. Love Love 187

    Shellychelle

    Lmao!!!

    You about to find out about the Colts tonight!!

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  42. licari

    MARIAH CAREY !

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  43. drtash

    OF COURSE WHITNEY’S THE BEST SINGER OF THEM ALL BUT….
    Whitney’s was a classic, BUT I heard it was lipped, so for that I’ll have to go with Beyonce’s version. I’m not a fan of Jhud’s hollering either. Belting is great but when you overdo it, it becomes annoying. Liked Mariah’s version but didn’t love it. After that not sure.

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  44. Jeremy

    No one sings at the Super Bowl live!!!! BEYONCE DID NOT SING LIVE!!!! Please speak with someone with a music degree about Beyonce…there is nothing perfect about her voice. Great for dance tracks but that is all!!! What ballad has Beyonce sang that has been a number one hit??? She doesn’t have one!!! There is a reason for that!!! She isn’t a vocalist!!!

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  45. MaZ

    WHITNEY HOUSTON without a doubt! But Beyoncé did it very very well!

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  46. JAAAAMIE

    yes yes yesssssss
    Queen B!

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  47. Anthony

    @Jeremy Beyonce balled-es songs like “Halo” “If I Were A Boy” have reached top 5. and #1 World Wide so fail. Give it a rest already Beyonce’s biggest record “Irreplaceable” isnt even an uptempo dance track

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  48. Blasian

    @Jeremy

    Wrong If I Were a Boy was #1 in 12 countries

    Halo was #1 Top five in 20 countries Halo was also # in Brazil for 20 weeks in a row something US singiners can’t do

    also Halo gave Beyonce her 6th grammy 6 count that 6

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  49. I am Hatian

    Whitney Houston was the best. Close second will be Jennifer Hudson. These two women vocals were just amazing and will be remembered forever.

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  50. philly11

    Whitney Houston! I love the other artist but they don’t even come close. I saw all of them live and Whitneys happened when the country was going through a tough time. The energy was AMAZING!!

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  51. Blasian

    @Jeremy

    Wrong If I Were a Boy was #1 in 12 countries

    Halo was #1 Top five in 20 countries Halo was also #1 in Brazil for 20 weeks in a row something US singers can’t do

    also Halo gave Beyonce her 6th grammy 6 count that 6

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  52. Mia

    I’m going with Beyonce she was the only one that don’t it LIVE! My god and she looks Beautiful doing it!

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  53. I am Hatian

    I still want to see Celine Dione’s rendition tho, that woman can blow.

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  54. ESSE

    MARIAH CAREY!

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  55. Mia

    I’m going with Beyonce she was the only one that done it LIVE! My god and she looks Beautiful doing it!

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  56. Jeremy

    Last time I checked, the Super Bowl and the billboard Hot 100 are in the United States!!! Too bad her ballads didn’t reach #1 here:( I think Whitney and Mariah know how to handle a ballad in every country!! I think Mariah has had the #1 song of the decade for the past two decades!!! Let’s not campare Beyonce to these ladies on the charts…she doesn’t campare!!!

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  57. fi

    Not even worth a discussion!
    Beside the fact that we “europeans” feel very uncomfortable when people sing their national anthem loudly (LOL)
    it is obvious for all eternity that whitney had the best version ever!
    Until the end of superbowl /end of the world/ end of all time!
    Her passion, pure and powerful energy and hopeful interpretation and her beautiful pre-crack smile are the personification of the american dream…

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  58. M!ke

    I think the order is
    1) WHITNEY HOUSTON
    2)who
    3)cares. . .
    Whitney’s version is #1 so nobody else even matters

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  59. Lisa

    Whitney.

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  60. Catie

    Whitney, period.

    Beyonce would have killed it if she sang it today, her voice didn’t seem as strong back in 204.

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  61. Beyonce' Is NOT The Only Hard Working Female Singer

    FANTASIAS WAS GOOD TOO! WHY DIDNT YOU POST HERS!

    WHITNEY
    FANTASIA
    J-HUD
    BEYONCE

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  62. Rap-Up

    ^ Fantasia has not performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

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  63. Bojan

    1. Mariah Carey
    2. Whitney Houston
    3. Jennifer Hudson
    4. Beyonce

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  64. pjayy

    1. Beyoncé
    2. Whitney Houston
    3. Mariah Carey
    4. Jennifer Hudson
    5. Jordin Sparks

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  65. O-Chibi

    MARIAH cAREY OFCOURSE!!!

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  66. Cam

    WHITNEY. THE. END.

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  67. Lance

    Who else gets the SSB to chart on Billboard…Whitney Houston people!!

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  68. bobby d

    gotta go with Mariah. Then whitney.

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  69. Joi

    Ms. Houston killed the SSB and made it her own. In fact, in just about every one of the performances of the females who performed it after her, you can hear her influence. Whitney set the bar super high, and no one has since been able to even come close to her soul stirring rendition.

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  70. alsc

    Whitney

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  71. Pablo

    the fact is that Whitneys is pre-recorded

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  72. Mike

    I can’t believe that people like Beyonce’s rendition more than Mariah’s and Whitney’s. It’s absurd! :(

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  73. fact

    Everyone knows it’s just Beyonce-stans going nuts, clearing cookies & cache, and re-voting a million times. It’s ridiculous. Fact is this. Whitney’s rendition is the vocal standard of which others are measured against. She is the only artist who had SSB chart in top 10 BB hot 100 singles charts twice – 1991 and 2001. I’ve heard Whitney’s version is in the Smithsonian Institute and is the only version that is continuously played. Music critics, historians all note the importance and significance of Whitney’s SSB from 1991 Gulf War and 2001 Iraq conflict instilling national fervor in america. It is moronic to assume any other rendition/artist has had similar historical and musical importance.

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  74. dwayne

    WHITNEY ELIZABETH HOUSTON

    She is the standard from which all others are judged. I got tingles when I heard her sing it and even today.

    Her version was a single and got platinum status!
    #Icon

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  75. HumanitySector

    Beyonce CAN’T be better than Whitney Houston. She said herself that Whitney is her idol.

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  76. HumanitySector

    @fact
    I totally agree

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  77. amy

    Carrie was a mess this yr!some notes she hit.some didnt!

    it was hard to watch..

    Bey and whitney-yesssssssss..

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  78. linda

    Whitney shut it down. There isn’t even a contest. Whitney all the way.

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  79. Lisa

    WHITNEY. And for the record, they all lipsynch it. Using that as an excuse to vote for a lesser performance is just stan talk.

    It’s so accepted that Whitney’s is the best that it was damn foolish for Rap-Up to even create a poll like this. All it does it bring out the kids who don’t know better.

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  80. truth-fact-

    Without a shadow – blessing us with clear, crisp, emotional, fresh, inspiring, engaging toneful vocal perfection. THE 1 THE ONLY………..
    Miss WHITNEEEEEEEEEEY HOUSTON

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  81. terri

    It’s NIppy! that is Ms. Whitney Elizabeth Houston without a doubt!!

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  82. norma

    People who voted for this song was not honest. They picked who they liked the best. They did not vote on vocals and ability to deliever. The best and better song was done by Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Huston, and so on. Jhud came and replaced her idol Whitney. Jenny topped what Whitney did back in the 80′s.

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  83. Truth

    You all MUST be kidding…if a crisis should hit RIGHT nowin this country…guess which verison is going to played…SEEN THAT IT HAS BEEN NAMED THE NATONAL STANDARD FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM……………MISS WHITNEY HOUSTON! That rendition willNEVER be matched! NEVER!

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  84. kiki

    Stupid poll….unequivocally, Miss. Whitney Elizabeth Houston a.k.a. Nippy hands down got this on lock. No one and I mean no one will be able to top that rendition. That is the standard.

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  85. I have ears

    It just goes to show the power media has to minipulate everything. It’s tricked the world into believing Bigbumcye and Mscarey can actualy sing. Howleooooo & wolf whistle stink. fact!
    Neone who knows nething about music, knows this is true. It’s Milli vanilli all over again. Only with multi billionares running the show making most of you all look like fools

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  86. candy

    Whitney, Whitney, Whitney

    Undisputed queen of the National Anthem rendition

    Not even a debate

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  87. nuthinbutlove

    I’m not even Americam but Whitney makes me love this tune. Whitney easy

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  88. bernard charl loock

    I’m not a US citizen, but the bar is still sky-high, up until this day…………. when I listen to whitney’s rendition of their anthem, it gives me chills all over!!!!!!!!! You should have made a poll on “WHO SANG IT BEST AFTER WHITNEY HOUSTON’S 1991 RENDITION OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER!”

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  89. Timothy

    Whitney Houston #1

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  90. Day Day

    I would have to go with

    A-1 Whitney Houston
    A-2 Beyonce

    The A stands for AMAZING both ladies did better than the rest. I really wanted for J hud to be up there but she really did scream. Remember we are basing our opinion on the super bowl performances not all other performances.

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