From The Vault: Whitney Houston Soars With ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ At #SuperBowl 1991 [30th Anniversary]

Published: Sunday 7th Feb 2021 by Joe

From The Vault is back this week with yet another stellar Super Bowl moment.

Today, we journey back 30 years to the day Whitney Houston belted ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the 1991 game and unleashed what would become for many singers the blueprint for how the US National Anthem should be tackled.

With the US and Iraq at war for the months preceding the festivities, the prospect of hearing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ resonate through a packed stadium was always going to be emotional for many an American. And Houston more than delivered on that note with a heartfelt, intense, and vibrant rendition of the famed anthem.

In just over two minutes, she managed to inspire optimism and togetherness thanks to her inimitable vocal prowess, striking stage presence, and that luminous smile.

Often imitated yet never duplicated, her version of this song is considered the absolute gold standard, with almost every vocalist since building their incarnation of the track around hers… to varying results.

Few will remember that the Buffalo Bills were up against the New York Giants on that fateful day. Yet, three decades on, the whole world is still raving about this game-changing performance. As such, we’d be inclined to say that the true winner was Whitney.

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

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  1. Jeans February 7, 2021

    SIMPLY BRILLIANT! She will never be topped! I get chills every single time I watch this!

  2. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) February 7, 2021

    Should’ve known better… get off that crack…. Crackney weedney Houston💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿

    • What Would Whitney Do February 7, 2021

      Whitney Houston was NOT on weed or cocaine when she sung this live…. Whitney also died from accidental drowning .fell asleep in tub b****

    • Fancy BISH 💎 February 7, 2021

      Marilyn, you CRACK me up, get it crack me up LOLOLOLOL like Crackney Weedny Houston.

  3. Theelusive1 February 7, 2021

    Greatest Soul Vocalist of all time. That tone. That power. In a league of her own.

    • Pat February 7, 2021

      Vocalist period

  4. 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(💫Perfectly Splendid✨) February 7, 2021

    Incomparable. The absolute diamond standard 💎💎💙💙

  5. OVO February 7, 2021

    The best rendition EVER! The standard. No one could ever compare to Whitney’s vocal genius. The real vocal Bible

  6. Nomeena February 7, 2021

    This was featured in the Whitney docu-movie I watched on Amazon a few weeks ago. She didn’t even do a single rehearsal for it, how we see it was the very first take. Truly amazing.

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