‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Showdown: Mary J. Blige vs. Marsha Ambrosius

Mary J. Blige and Marsha Ambrosius

Mary J. Blige showed her stars and stripes on Saturday, performing the National Anthem at the 138th Kentucky Derby. Looking like a Southern belle in a red dress with matching hat and gloves, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul put on a royal performance, winning praise from the 150,000 spectators.

Meanwhile, Marsha Ambrosius had the honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas later in the day. The British songstress got in the ring and flexed her vocal chops while delivering the patriotic anthem, later tweeting, “I do it! Living my dreams!!!”

Which R&B diva knocked it out of the park? Watch and weigh in below.



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35 Comments

  1. J.Cameron

    Mary J. all day!!

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @J.Cameron, Delusional! Mary sounded horrible. Sounds like a stray Cat!

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    f***the haters Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, you guys are some fukin haters i wanna see you do better bitch

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    Ch..... Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, You’re ALWAYS on almost EVERY post hating on SOME…..ONE – You don’t have nothing else better to do? I wanna see you tell the truth to Miss.Gimmick and stop hating on actual talent smh.

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    plus your Time & lvUb Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, you desever to Die in hell because u have A bad taste in your life. now bitch shut the F up be4 u get your ass whoopped

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    Pure Reply:

    @J.Cameron,
    I concur! The Queen got this.

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    Pure Reply:

    @J.Cameron,
    I concur the Queen slayed.

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  2. Polite

    Mary got this, nothin new.

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  3. HEY RAP-UP

    MARY. MARSHA SANG AT MAYWEATHER? OH NO, LMAO KERI WOULD HAVE SANG IT BETTER. LOL

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  4. Jackie Rayne

    Girl you better sang!
    Mary killed it!

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  5. op

    they both did there thing.

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  6. Spanish Harlem

    Marys soulful delivery is unmatched. Truly the Aretha Franklin of our day

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  7. iLOVEMARY

    mary slayed marsha sounded ok but yeah mary sang it better

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  8. MinajRules2012

    Yall sound crazy, Mary sounded like skreeeetchhing CAT!!! She’s horrible. Marsha wins

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    plus your Time & lvUb Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, u sound Dummie as a rock Skreeeetchhing Cat!!! u desever to die die die die die Death

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  9. aj

    mary killed it marsha was ok also

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  10. kj

    Mary.
    but seriously, putting that picture of Mary next to the other girls photo. Mary doesn’t stand a chance. what’s with the hat?

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  11. No Love

    Mary J was amazing !! Marsha was really good.

    It means more coming from an American .. So
    Mary J wins!!

    MinajRules2012 is a loser from the pits in hell.

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  12. Triniti

    I love them both, but I’m gonna have to give this one to Marsha. And what is going on with Mary in that pic lol? The eyeshadow…the hat…Sister Odell, shouldn’t you be doing the morning announcements?

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    Diego Reply:

    @Triniti, hats are a part of the Kentucky derby do ya research hats are a tradition lol

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    Triniti Reply:

    @Diego, Yeah thanks for the common knowledge, but I was making a joke. Bye.

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  13. Princess

    Mary won hands down. She sounded amazing.

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  14. hate revolver

    This is what is wrong with America. How can a British sing an American anthem and that being okay. You think the british people will ever allow an American sing their national anthem. don’t think so.

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  15. miley

    Incomparable in my opinion….these are two totally different types of singers. They both did good in their own right.

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  16. Omari

    Mary but they both did well

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  17. f***the haters

    Marsa and mary both did good but mary wins:-)

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  18. Brooklynn

    Mary did great. Marsha was okay, but I can barely take all the vibrato that she uses. It can be a bit much sometimes. Plus, Mary is an American and the crowd was feeling every word that she sang.

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  19. #RihannaNAVi

    irrelevant

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  20. Faye

    I like both artists and think they have great songs! I actually enjoyed Mary in concert a few times. However, both performances were all over the place. Certain moments of Mary’s performance was ok, but I was nervous for her… (thinking hope she stays on key)… Marsha Ambrosious voice is so pitchy…she really sounds awful during her performance… This was a hot mess, but I think she has her own special style of singing which matches her songs but she should deinfitely stay in her range.

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  21. SoOdd

    Mary Mary Mary

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  22. TheDreamer

    They were both a little pitchy…but Mary wins.

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  23. Hugh

    MARY!

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  25. JuanR

    THE QUEEN! MARY!

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  26. plus your Time & lvUb

    they both sound amazing IN their own way

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