Kelly Clarkson's National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVI: How Did She Do?

Things might get a little awkward on the set of The Voice come Monday morning — especially if Kelly Clarkson bumps into Christina Aguilera at the craft services table.

Clarkson — inaugural American Idol champ, current pop superstar, and recently announced adviser to Voice judge Blake Shelton — just finished killing it delivering the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Voice mentor Aguilera, meanwhile, pretty much murdered “The Star Spangled Banner” (and not in a good way) with a botched lyric and a histrionic delivery a year ago (at Super Bowl XLV).

But hey…let’s not dwell on the tawdry past. (Xtina, after all, gave us “Beautiful,” “Dirrty,” “Ain’t No Other Man,” and Beverly McClellan — all of which we are thankful for.)

Clarkson, dressed in a simple black boat-neck dress (and rocking some dark and stylish bangs), proved a sublime choice to deliver the National Anthem at the start of the New York Giants-New England Patriots showdown. Backed by a chorus of adorable grade-schoolers, Clarkson showed blessed restraint, took just a few interesting liberties with the melody, and delivered a performance that was heartfelt, respectful, and chock full of power. (Wish they’d shown just a little more of her, though, no?)

What did you think of Clarkson’s “Star Spangled Banner”? Take our poll below, share your thoughts in the comments, and stay tuned to TVLine.com all night long for coverage of Super Bowl ads, halftime show, and more!



Comments (108)

  • I’ve been watching the Super Bowl for the last 5 years or so here in the UK, and Kelly was by far the best anthem singer I’ve seen!

    Comment by Liam – February 5, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WHOA EVERYONE!! Kelly Clarkson DID flub Our National Anthem….she sang:whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous SIGHT–WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!! The word she flubbed was “sight”, when she SHOULD have sung PERILOUS FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEBODY should have listened a little closer, as I did,and checked out the exact wording at at least have it on a tele-prompter!! I am ashamed that these Americans can’t get the words to our freedom-anthem, that they should be chosen to sing it in PUBLIC!!!

      Comment by Mary Beth Makoski – February 5, 2012 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No she didn’t. She sings perilous fight. You heard wrong. Go to YouTube and listen again. She got the lyrics correct.

        Comment by RMB – February 5, 2012 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Sorry Xtina. You’re wrong.

          Comment by vincentdante – February 6, 2012 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I don’t know what you are smoking but Kelly did NOT flub the anthem. She snag it perfectly, sang the right words.

        Comment by cg – February 5, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • sang not sang I mean.

          Comment by cg – February 5, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Crap, sang not snag. (embarrassed) :)

            Comment by cg – February 5, 2012 08:25 PM PDT  
      • To be fair to Mary Beth, there is one YouTube post that clearly has Kelly singing “through the perilous SIGHT”…but on closer listening you can hear it’s really background hiss cranked up in volume. Don’t know if it’s intentional by the person that posted it or just a coincidence.
        The other seven (!!!) versions I listened to on YouTube had better sound and Kelly DID sing “perilous FIGHT”.

        Comment by Billy – February 6, 2012 02:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It is quite common, that f- and s-sounds become indistinguishable after compression, processing and transmission.

        Comment by danielcw – February 7, 2012 07:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly KILLED it.

    Comment by Erin – February 5, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ummmm, she was lip synching. very very badly.

      Comment by jen – February 5, 2012 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Until a couple of years ago, every Superbowl performance was lip synced. With all the dumb flack singers have been getting recently, why would it surprise anyone that singers go back to lip syncing performances? The children’s choir track was obviously pre-recorded. Also, the cameras were minimizing the amount of Kelly’s screen time. If it was lip synced, it was well done. If you saw a large delay, you must have a bad set-top box or TV.

        Comment by RM – February 5, 2012 04:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • No she wasn’t.

        Comment by CJ – February 5, 2012 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Definitely not lip synced. Kelly just tweeted that she was nervous and has mentioned all week about being nervous. If it was pre-record I doubt she would have been nervous.

        Comment by cg – February 5, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ummmm, she wasn’t lip synching. You need to watch it again.

        Comment by maggie – February 5, 2012 10:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • UNTRUE! She sang it live. The choir sang it live and the drummers drummed it live.

        Comment by jacob – February 6, 2012 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • The choir did NOT sing it live. The children had no microphones. It was actually over 100 children that pre-recorded it weeks before, and only 46 were carefully chosen to stand behind her. The 46 did sing, but no one could hear them. Wish the 100 would get more credit for their participation, but them again the choir was not even introduced. Very poor.

          Comment by indy mom – February 7, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She doesnt lip sync, even she has said she doesnt

        Comment by Jon Dillon – January 3, 2013 08:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fantastic. It wasn’t indulgent and she sang the hell out of it.

    Comment by Jason – February 5, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Classy. Beautiful. LOVE HER SO MUCH.

    Comment by Matthew – February 5, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way to go Kelly! I actually cheered.

    Comment by Pam – February 5, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She killed it awesome love her.

    Comment by Deborah – February 5, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly was absolutely fantastic!

    Comment by Kristina – February 5, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Absolutely loved it!! Kelly did an incredible job. Once of the best performances of the anthem I have ever heard.

    Comment by Ellen – February 5, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She did awesome!!!!

    Comment by Jenny – February 5, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She sang the anthem in UNDER one minute and 36 seconds, so I’m a happy man. #propbet

    Comment by Darth Pablo – February 5, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hi
      Just wondering, what was the time? We have some home spun interst and can’t find an official time?
      Many thanks and enjoy the game!
      M

      Comment by Maura – February 5, 2012 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • official was 93 seconds

        Comment by Michelle – February 5, 2012 09:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My girl nailed it

    Comment by brian – February 5, 2012 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was fantastic! Wonderful to finally have someone do it justice.

    Comment by Bobbi – February 5, 2012 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SUPERB!

    Comment by Kyron – February 5, 2012 03:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • loved it and have always loved her

    Comment by Derek – February 5, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing. That’s all.

    Comment by mzbet – February 5, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i thought she did great!!

    Comment by kbaum31 – February 5, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly did fantastic!

    Comment by Carrie – February 5, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly killed it! It was absolutely amazing! And she looked stunning! She was a perfect choice!

    Comment by brittany – February 5, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She did a beautiful job, made it about the anthem and not about her. As it should be. I love her voice and her attitude.

    Comment by Kristen – February 5, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly did a great job. Goes to show you the best singers come from Idol!

    Comment by Rainbowgal4 – February 5, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh my god, I almost choked up my Diet-Coke.

      Comment by jennrae – February 5, 2012 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh my god, I just read the most pointless comment ever posted. (this comment is sponsored by Pepsi)

        Comment by Mike – February 6, 2012 07:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Perfect. Beautiful. Flawless. I wanted her to keep singing forever.

    Comment by brandy – February 5, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nice job Kelly!

    Comment by Rebecca – February 5, 2012 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope Steven Tyler was watching cause he sucked too. Kelly can sing anything and sound good. Love her! Thought she looked great too!

    Comment by GS – February 5, 2012 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve heard Kelly Clarkson sing the National Anthem a few times before and she always, ALWAYS, nails it. This time was no different, as she sang it beautifully with her powerful voice. She looked beautiful as well, bringing class back to the Super Bowl. Well done Kelly. Now if only they’d get HER to do the half-time show next year…

    Comment by Silvana – February 5, 2012 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Flawwless, it proves two things
    1 Kelly knows the anthem well enough not to try something different thus giving it the respect and style it should be sung with
    2 Whybwe voted for her in the first place oh so many years ago.

    Comment by Paul – February 5, 2012 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She did an amazing job! I’ve heard her sing it before, but this was an even better performance! Way to go Kelly!!! :)

    Comment by Robin – February 5, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thought Kelly sounded great. However the children’s choir annoyed me. They distracted me from Kelly.

    Comment by jamie – February 5, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with you. I didn’t like the children’s choir or the drums that were down there on the field with her. The acoustics were so bad that it was hard to hear her at times.

      Comment by elr – February 6, 2012 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WOW!!!! Kelly killed it!!!!! I’ve been a huge fan of hers since idol and as corny as it sounds, I’m proud to be a fan!

    Comment by Kate – February 5, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent. She was classy, stayed on key, and remembered the words. One of the best in recent years.

    Comment by Marcus – February 5, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly sounded GREAT! Loved her version of the Anthem – heartfelt and respectful and beautifully sung. Take THAT Tina!

    Comment by Ghost of Kelly Clarkson – February 5, 2012 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone should sing The National Anthem with a choir! Not only did it sound great, but it kept Kelly Clarkson from adding runs after every word!

    Comment by Leah – February 5, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kelly Clarkson is not so self-indulgent that she would feel the need to add runs after every word with or without the kiddos. She actually respects the song she is singing.

      Comment by Dash – February 5, 2012 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kelly is not BoobsMcghee aka ‘XTINA’, she doesnt need to add runs to sounds amazing.

      Comment by Chris – February 6, 2012 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Beautifully done.

    Comment by Kelley – February 5, 2012 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She nailed it!!!! Perfect choice to sing the anthem. Loove her

    Comment by Kelly – February 5, 2012 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Beautifully done!! She kept it simple and didn’t make a “show” out of it.

    Comment by Jamie – February 5, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing!!! Beautiful, respectful rendition of the National Anthem! Very few can sing live like she does. The children’s choir was a great addition to the performance…they were wonderful!!

    Comment by Debi – February 5, 2012 03:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was fantastic! Best we’ve had in years.

    Comment by Robbbb – February 5, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ms Clarkson never ceases to amaze me with that stunning voice of hers. She looked terrific too. Great job, Kelly!

    Comment by David – February 5, 2012 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FANTASTIC !! As per usual – because that’s just how she rolls ;)

    Comment by angelstorm – February 5, 2012 03:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great job Kelly! Refreshing!!

    Comment by rox – February 5, 2012 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Best ever Super Bowl National Anthem performance! Clarkson is an is an amazing talent.

    Comment by shadow – February 5, 2012 04:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly just replaced Whitney as my fav. Knew she wouldn’t disappoint. This is the issue I have with people dissing AI…they’re pretty much the only artists today who can sing without autotune.

    Comment by Leslie – February 5, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly was AMAZING! And that was the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, directed by Henry Leck. They are amazing. :)

    Comment by Allyson – February 5, 2012 04:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly clarkson has an unbelievably stunning performance tonight and she looked better than ever! Good job

    Comment by Greg sellers – February 5, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Living proof that after all the craziness and fakeness, these competitions are able to find greatness, she still is the champion.

    Comment by raftrap – February 5, 2012 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly was perfection.

    Comment by Theresa – February 5, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fat. Very fat.

    Comment by Beth Ann – February 5, 2012 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • To Beth Ann:
      Classless. Very classless.

      Comment by CAG – February 5, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Troll. Very Troll.

      Comment by virgilsdiner – February 5, 2012 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Beth Ann – Jealous much?

      Comment by Billy – February 5, 2012 11:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If that’s what you focus on when you see people, what does that say about you?

      Comment by Cathy – February 6, 2012 05:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not jealous of that hog at all – I’m stunning, thanks!

      Comment by Beth Ann – February 6, 2012 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • stunned, that would be, stunned

        Comment by ruth anne – February 6, 2012 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, I’m sure your brothers told you that on date night, but that doesn’t make it true. Besides, unlike most people, they probably liked that gaunt, bloated-belly starvation look you got rockin’!

        Comment by Lukos58 – February 6, 2012 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Stupid. Very stupid.

      Comment by Lyndsey – February 6, 2012 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My friend’s daughter was in the choir backing Kelly.

    Comment by Kaiulani – February 5, 2012 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now THAT’S how you sing the anthem!! She gave me chills. She was definitely in it to win it! :)

    Comment by ali427 – February 5, 2012 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yo Dawg, that’s what I’m talkin about!

      Comment by Billy – February 5, 2012 11:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOVE KELLY and her performance, but Faith Hill was a bit better. And what about Whitney Houston? But I LOVE KELLY.
    Half-time=TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!!

    Comment by Grace – February 5, 2012 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She nailed it imo. Not even goona ask what you meant with the craft services table comment, I mean I don’t get stuff like that, what do YOU get out of it? Not everybody looks nor should they look the same, now if I misread you I’m sorry but if I’m correct in my suspicious belief than what I say still stands.

    Comment by Keli – February 5, 2012 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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