Four-time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming kept the national anthem classy before Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. She was backed up by members of the United States armed forces and kept her no-frills version simple and to the point. It wasn't the most memorable "Star Spangled Banner" rendition we can remember, but it did the trick.
In our minds, no one can touch Whitney Houston's now 23-year-old version of the national anthem, which she performed at Tampa Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XXV on Jan. 27, 1991. Check it out below.
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