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 thought Kelly did an amazing job! She didn’t change it up too much and just really nailed it!! Loved it!!

    Comment by Lee Ann – February 5, 2012 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • <3 me some Kelly… thought she did *extremely* well. She sang our nation's song beautifully, with a respect and classiness that's often lacking in today's pop stars. Proud to be a fan of Kelly. Way to go, KC!

    Comment by T – February 5, 2012 06:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SHE WAS NOT LIP SYNCING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Annabelle – February 5, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thank you!!! She has never lip synced in her career so why start now… ppl are just being haters

      Comment by Michelle – February 5, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I wouldn’t bet even small change that Madonna wasn’t lip syncing, though.

        Comment by Billy – February 5, 2012 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I won’t even pretend to know how difficult it is to sing in a loud statium during the Super Bowl while factoring in echos and all that fun stuff, but I would think it would be easier to sing the National Anthem live than to put on the giant 12 minute half-time production with live singing. I think Madonna mixed it up depending on if it was a “dance number” or “vocal number”…i.e. pretty sure she sang “Like a Prayer”.
          And yes, Kelly was phenomenal!

          Comment by Mike – February 6, 2012 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brilliant. She didn’t add too much melisma or runs or any of that crap. She just sang it, and she sang it well.

    Comment by Kenny – February 5, 2012 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, she’s no Whitney Houston, but frankly, who is?

    Comment by Evan – February 5, 2012 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well Simon Cowell put her in the same league as Whitney when she was on Idol and the man knows his stuff. :)

      Comment by cg – February 5, 2012 08:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, technically, Whitney isn’t even Whitney anymore either. :-)

      Comment by Mike – February 6, 2012 07:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Haha- I almost thought about saying that very thing. :)
        But I mean that it’ll be hard to ever top Whitney’s version of the song and the circumstances surrounding that performance.

        Comment by Evan – February 6, 2012 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Whitney has beautiful tone, Kelly’s is even nicer. I give it to Kelly. Wonderful performance last night. Loved the childrens choir and the drummers as well.

          Comment by shelly – February 6, 2012 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So good. Second only to Whitney, which is the gold standard.

    Comment by KSM – February 5, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly is my favorite artist!!! She is so amazing! And she proved to the world tonight why! She sang the song beautifully and it is by far the best I have heard at the Super Bowl in a VERY LONG TIME!!!

    Comment by Michelle – February 5, 2012 09:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The obese bigot stunk. She is vile.

    Comment by Yelly clarkson – February 5, 2012 10:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m constantly amazed how, when given the opportunity to communicate and participate in a greater whole, humanity chooses to respond… – John

      Comment by John Grose – February 6, 2012 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 1. Kelly is not obese, far from it. She looked great last night.
      2. She is not a bigot, that is not who Kelly is.
      3. She did not stink, she rocked it, getting praises from everyone.
      4. She is not vile
      5. Going by your name Kelly does not yell. When she “yells” it’s called power and range.
      6. You don’t know what real raw talent is.

      Comment by musicfan – February 6, 2012 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • TROLL

      Comment by REGIS – February 6, 2012 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Clarkson and Super Bowl producers, for just singing the damn song. It is beautiful and inspiring in its own right – we don’t need people adding their own “special touch” to it. That’s where artists start to screw up. You want to knock our socks off? Just sing the damn song. – John

    Comment by John Grose – February 6, 2012 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can we, just once, have someone sing that beautiful song without ruining it with a bunch of “runs”, or whatever they are called?

    Comment by John – February 6, 2012 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, we can. You just heard it last night. She didn’t do a “BUNCH” of runs. She may have slipped a couple in but they weren’t obnoxious and didn’t detract from the song. (I’m right with you on people who butcher the anthem with the obnoxious runs. Kelly’s didn’t even compare to that.) She performed a very classy and beautiful rendition of our country’s anthem.

      Comment by Mike – February 6, 2012 07:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly was amazing! As usual she is a class act – totally respectful and spot on!!!!

    Comment by Trista – February 6, 2012 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Beautifully done. In the last several years, Kelly and another Idol powerhouse, Jordin Sparks, gave the anthem its due – respectful, powerful, and most importantly, recognizable!

    Comment by Becky – February 6, 2012 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly is such a great singer. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since Idol. She did a great job with the anthem, it’s just too bad her new album is a giant BORE and is nowhere near the quality of her previous albums.

    Comment by Mikael – February 6, 2012 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What a beautiful rendition of the NA. I love Kelly.
      Her new album is by far her best! GO BUY IT PEOPLE!

      Comment by shelly – February 6, 2012 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Perfection.
    THAT’S the way to get the National Anthem done.
    That girl can sang circles around many who’ve tried. Love Kelly; great job.

    Comment by Amy – February 6, 2012 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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