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13 Most Over-The-Top Diva Renditions Of The National Anthem
MTV ^ | 07/04/2014 | by John Walker

Posted on 07/04/2014 7:21:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

With today being the Fourth of July and all, I feel it’s my civic duty to unite us, if but for a short time, with the one act of blind patriotism we can all get behind: counting down the most over-the-top, overwhelming renditions of the national anthem, as performed by Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, and the rest of your favorite divas of pop music. (In no particular order, of course, so please don’t tweet me death threats. Thanks!)

To clarify, by national anthem I mean “The Star-Spangled Banner” only. (As in, the actual, official national anthem.) That means that neither Aretha Franklin singing “My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee” at the 2009 presidential inauguration nor the bejeweled-bow hat she wore at said inauguration are on the list. Pour out a vial of eagle tears in mourning, and move past it. Your country needs you. Please rise.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: diva; nationalanthem
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1 posted on 07/04/2014 7:21:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Christina Aguilera at the 2011 Super Bowl.

Absolutely the WORST.
(Not counting Rosanne Barr, but she doesn’t count.)


2 posted on 07/04/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SeekAndFind

That woman from “Heart” sure butchered it at the last Super Bowl.


3 posted on 07/04/2014 7:25:21 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t Margaret Cho slaughter the anthem once?


4 posted on 07/04/2014 7:25:31 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: left that other site

This is one of the BEST male renditions of the national anthem IMHO.

JOSH GROBAN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYzcB_6BCVs


5 posted on 07/04/2014 7:28:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I think I’ve heard a Whitney Houston version that is actually very good, but it’s definitely not that one. And the outfit she’s wearing ...


6 posted on 07/04/2014 7:31:49 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: SeekAndFind

A great A capella solo version of the anthem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoBX-Lty_BE

And a great GROUP a capella:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCmk88S2sdQ


7 posted on 07/04/2014 7:33:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Dude's got some pipes.

Still the best female rendition IMHO

8 posted on 07/04/2014 7:35:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind
Best I've ever heard:
Donna Summer at Fenway Park - World Series (1997?)
I was shocked.
9 posted on 07/04/2014 7:38:20 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: SeekAndFind

You might enjoy this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg-3Ll2UPcQ


10 posted on 07/04/2014 7:39:01 AM PDT by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

Sandi Patty is well known for her wide vocal range and expressive flexibility which has led music critics to dub her “The Voice”.

As for Whitney Houston’s rendition, that was one the best ever ( before she met Bobby Brown ). What a tragic life.


11 posted on 07/04/2014 7:41:28 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I really like Deanna Durbin's version.
12 posted on 07/04/2014 7:42:23 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SeekAndFind

Whitney Houston the best. Very sad she got hooked on drugs.


13 posted on 07/04/2014 7:45:48 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: left that other site

Agree.


14 posted on 07/04/2014 7:46:14 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: SeekAndFind

He has a nice voice, but I don’t care for the tempo or the phrasing. (JMHO)

Last Friday, I coached an 8 year old girl to do the Anthem at her swim meet. In the One-Hour time I had to get her ready, we explored the history of the song, the melody, the timing, the phrasing, and recorded a piano accompaniment on her iphone. She plugged the phone into the sound system, and her dad recorded her performance. It was traditional, unadorned , and flawless.

The trick is to understand what the song means, and that it is NOT just an opportunity to show off one’s vocal prowess (or lack thereof! :-) )

That being said, the preponderance of female performers who embellish the song in the “Soul” style bear absolutely NO connection to the meaning of the song and hint of a political agenda behind the choices of the producers of these events!


15 posted on 07/04/2014 7:47:03 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Psalm 73
RE: Best I've ever heard: Donna Summer at Fenway Park - World Series (1997?) I was shocked.

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I remember her A CAPELLA version. No background music, just her voice. As one commenter said: She hits and holds the word "free" in "land of the free" for almost 7 seconds during the fly-over- what an amazing voice...

For those who want to hear her rendition: Here's The LINK
16 posted on 07/04/2014 7:47:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Topping the Whitney Houston version will probably not happen in our lifetimes. It was magnificent.


17 posted on 07/04/2014 7:48:45 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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To: Psalm 73

Donna Summer (A gal from my old neighborhood who made it!) RIP, GF.


18 posted on 07/04/2014 7:48:47 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: freekitty

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PItHw8a7MIQ";

Cactus Cuties 4th of July on the 700 club.

Whitney? Beyonce? Phashawwwwww


19 posted on 07/04/2014 7:51:14 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Once a politician has determined to do anything to keep his seat, he no longer deserves it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No.


20 posted on 07/04/2014 7:52:48 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He’s great.


21 posted on 07/04/2014 7:53:01 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s another lovely acapella version”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2gOEDU0Jkc


22 posted on 07/04/2014 7:53:38 AM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: SeekAndFind

The famous “La Fway” rendition of the National anthem by Beyonce for Obama’s inauguration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI1kq6CA_38


23 posted on 07/04/2014 7:53:58 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s a reference to Job 7:2 in the National Anthem. See if you can find it.


24 posted on 07/04/2014 7:55:04 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: SeekAndFind

Agreed. Josh nails it.

I also like these guys, Madison Rising...

http://www.madisonrising.com/

Their version is on the page.


25 posted on 07/04/2014 7:57:25 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: freekitty

I remember the 2011 Super Bowl with particular clarity, as i was visiting a student’s home for a Super Bowl Party. As soon as I saw that it was acapella, I KNEW that Aguilera was going to be in trouble, as the musicianship required to stay in key for the entire song in such a huge venue (PA System delays and echos, etc) was something she did not posses. Compounded by her frequent unnecessary forays into melisma and embellishments, she kept landing flat after every silly “run” and kept dismounting into a new key. The runs also destroyed the continuity of the song, and affected the phrasing. She ended up at least a half step lower than she started, as she kept getting lost.

We stood there with our jaws dropped, and when she was finished I blurted out:

“If she were MY voice student, I would have slapped her upside her head for that!”


26 posted on 07/04/2014 8:02:58 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: All
This is the COMPLETE Star Spangled Banner as written by Francis Scott Key...

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

27 posted on 07/04/2014 8:04:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: huldah1776

These guys are POWERFUL!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 07/04/2014 8:06:32 AM PDT by JW1949
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To: Fiji Hill

RE: There’s a reference to Job 7:2 in the National Anthem.

“No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:”


29 posted on 07/04/2014 8:08:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: left that other site

I was thinking it was Whoopie Goldberg who was the worst but maybe you are right about Rosanne.


30 posted on 07/04/2014 8:08:29 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: huldah1776

I also like these guys, Madison Rising...

http://www.madisonrising.com/

Their version is on the page.

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For those who haven’t seen the movie, Madison Rising’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” was included on the soundtrack for Dinesh D’Souza’s 2014 documentary film America: Imagine the World Without Her.


31 posted on 07/04/2014 8:11:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: JW1949

For those who haven’t seen the movie, Madison Rising’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner” was included on the soundtrack for Dinesh D’Souza’s 2014 documentary film ‘America: Imagine the World Without Her.’


32 posted on 07/04/2014 8:11:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

THAT was awesome! Thanks for posting.


33 posted on 07/04/2014 8:16:03 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

Roseanne Barr was the worst I have ever heard.


34 posted on 07/04/2014 8:17:03 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Got my vote.

Outstanding.


35 posted on 07/04/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: SeekAndFind

You got it!


36 posted on 07/04/2014 8:19:00 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: left that other site

I agree. I don’t know the ends and outs of singing, however, being that I was very bad, I have heard most singers today are scale singers which isn’t really singing?


37 posted on 07/04/2014 8:19:45 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I have seen them and they are really great. I just think Whitney is one of the best. Beyonce, not so much.


38 posted on 07/04/2014 8:20:52 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: martin_fierro

Absolutely agree. What a loss.

Ten years prior to 9/11/2001 and the world, in spite of the Persian Gulf, was much more rosy. Sure miss that time.


39 posted on 07/04/2014 8:20:57 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

This is my personal favorite version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQYIHQvhIk0


40 posted on 07/04/2014 8:21:36 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: huldah1776

Wow, that’s great, too. Different, but great!


41 posted on 07/04/2014 8:24:58 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a musical note. It represents one pitch sung for a short time. Do not sing it at a dozen different pitches for a couple of seconds.

42 posted on 07/04/2014 8:26:04 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: Fresh Wind

LOL What’s wrong with you bringing her up on this Independence Day? Madison, Jefferson, Washington, et al would be rolling over in their graves.

Not really that bad, though.


43 posted on 07/04/2014 8:28:13 AM PDT by madison10
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To: SeekAndFind
I have to give a big shout out to my fellow “Baltimoron”, and an all around good guy; Mike Rowe’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xhSBniwGbM&list=RD1xhSBniwGbMf

And then there is this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_liGLyYSnH0

LOL!

Yes, the inspirational poem that Francis Scot Key wrote as he was observing the defense of Fort McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812, was later put to the tune of an old English drinking song…

44 posted on 07/04/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Fresh Wind

LOL What’s wrong with you bringing her up on this Independence Day? Madison, Jefferson, Washington, et al would be rolling over in their graves.

Not really that bad, though.


45 posted on 07/04/2014 8:32:20 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Ditter

I can’t even imagine whoopie doing it. It is just too heinous to even contemplate! :-/


46 posted on 07/04/2014 8:35:36 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ditto on Groban. An awesome talent. And tho Celine Dion`s is close Whitney Houston`s anthem is powerful and spine chillling not onlly for her voice but the setting in which she did it.


47 posted on 07/04/2014 8:35:48 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: left that other site
It was one or the other of those clowns and it was meant to be an insult. I can not imagine why that person was asked to sing but she agreed to it and then sang our National Anthem to deliberately insult our country.
48 posted on 07/04/2014 8:42:05 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: martin_fierro
There should be a law that controls the presentation of the Star spangled Banner.It is our right to have it presented with the dignity it deserves.
49 posted on 07/04/2014 8:45:11 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: SeekAndFind

thanks for posting the link. I love that Donna Summer didn’t make the performance about her. She respected the song and it’s meaning.

I miss her.


50 posted on 07/04/2014 8:49:32 AM PDT by Nevadan
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