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Kelly Clarkson VS Reba McEntire: Whose National Anthem Rocked Harder

Junie Sihlangu
May 17, 2019
12:56 P.M.

The US national anthem has been sung by many different people over the years at different events. In 2012, Kelly Clarkson had the honor at the Super Bowl while in 1974; Reba McEntire sang it at the National Finals Rodeo.

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On February 5, 2012, "American Idol" and “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson was chosen to sing the national anthem at the NFL championship game in Indianapolis. At the time, the Grammy Award winner kept things simple and event dressed modestly.

She respectfully sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and kept her vocals neat and clean. For her rendition of the national anthem, she was backed by a children's choir.

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The singer had clearly practiced beforehand and managed to not forget any of the lyrics. She also honored the anthem by not adding any excessive vocals.

After her performance TV commentators couldn’t find fault with her performance and praised it claiming it was “rousing.” The previous year’s Super Bowl anthem performance was done by Christina Aguilera who omitted some words in her rendition.

Years before in 1974, another country singer had the pleasure of singing the national anthem in front of thousands of people. Reba McEntire sang the anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.

That performance helped launch her successful and long-lasting entertainment career. Country artist Red Steagall was so impressed by her version of the anthem that he helped her land her first recording contract.

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Steagall had also had a chance to perform there. On December 14, 2017, McEntire revealed that she had another opportunity to sing the anthem again at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

She kept her rendition simple just like Clarkson but wore a cowboy hat with her outfit. In 1997 at the World Series Game 3, the country singer sang the anthem again but this time it was clear she had more experience and had grown as a musician.

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Both Clarkson and McEntire sang from the heart, but which one did you like? Other stars who also had the chance to perform the anthem at the Big Game included Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, and many more.

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