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Whitney Houston's Super Bowl National Anthem is Still Strong 31 Years Later

Whitney Houston gave an unforgettable performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in 1991 ahead of Super Bowl XXV. It was a moment that became ingrained in the public's consciousness. America looks back on that moment, 31 years after her tragic death and 10 years ago.

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Whitney Houston's Super Bowl National Anthem is Still Strong 31 Years Later

Houston, who was just 27 years old at the time, wore a simple white track suit and walked out onto Tampa Stadium to belt out the national anthem.

This performance opened one of the most watched events of the year with almost 80 million people watching the game and experiencing her voice and her delivery.


Houston's career was at an important turning point when Houston made the appearance. Houston already had several No. The singer was already a household name with multiple No.

She had not yet appeared on screen or released the song that would become her most recognizable and bestselling song. "I Will Always Love You" was written by Dolly Parton. It was released on the soundtrack of her 1992 film, the Bodyguard.

Houston's rendition of the national anthem was released in a single and reached the Top 20 on Billboard charts. It is often found on retrospective lists that list the greatest live performances. Houston donated the proceeds to the Red Cross.

Houston's strong delivery and powerful vocals are a standard for Super Bowl performances.

This year, the 31st anniversary Houston's performance will mark Super Bowl  The national anthem will be , performed by the celebrated country singer Mickey Guyton.

ET spoke to Guyton about the possibility. "I believe that everyone would love to perform at Super Bowl at one point or another. She said that she had never considered it a possibility. "I just loved watching the national anthem. At every basketball game, I sang the national song at my high school. It is a song I am familiar with, but it was not possible for me to sing. Now that we are here, I am completely overwhelmed and grateful.

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