Super Howl: Who Should Sing the Anthem?

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First, in defense of Madonna as halftime show performer, the erstwhile Material Girl has just that—oodles of material—to work with. And yet she has been passed off as a “karaoke singer” (et tu, Gene Simmons?) and an over-the-hill, washed-up pop diva. Smacks of ageism, if you ask me. (And you didn’t.)

Peter Hartlaub, pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chroniclegets it right: “While we often hear a call for younger/more relevant acts playing during the Super Bowl, I’ve never felt that way. I look at the halftime show performance as a lifetime achievement thing—a chance to honor a band or artist that has stood the test of time, and still can knock out a strong live performance.” Madonna is every bit as deserving in that respect as, say, U2 or Prince.

Even before that, there is a Star Spangled Banner to be sung. Believe it or not, there’s a campaign underway to “recruit” acclaimed gospel singer (and central Indiana native) Sandi Patty to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVI. What’s more, nearly 7,000 people have “liked” its Facebook page.

She certainly wouldn’t be worse than one Christina Aguilera’s epic anthem flub last year. Patty has sung the tune a multitude of times to date, before presidents and plebeians alike. Just witness this robust sound on a 1986 Peter Jennings newscast, or her 1997 redux performance.

Still, the national anthem requires a vocalist who is uber-talented, current, and widely known. Think of the omnipresent Beyoncé—she wailed through the tune in her hometown of Houston—or Jennifer Hudson on the heels of her Oscar-snagging turn in Dreamgirls. Indiana’s own John Mellencamp: not so timely. Sadly, the same goes for Patty.

In related news, Aguilera reportedly wants a redo on the anthem at the Super Bowl. Or is, you know, coolly “open” to the idea.

Who do you think should belt it out to start the big night?

 

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  1. UnknownU_1805

    December 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Florence Henderson, of course.

  2. ROSIEC

    December 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

    It’s a no brainer! SANDI PATTY, of course. She can truly sing it like no other, huge Colts fan, raised her family in IN, and what do you mean, not enough people know her???

    1. JScott

      December 12, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      I’m not sure Sandi Patty’s prominence is at the national level where it once was. There’s also the matter of the NFL, and especially the TV network, wanting a performer who is decidedly “current.”

  3. JeffM_2940

    December 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Most definitely Ms. Sandi Patty! She sings it like no other!!! and really, Florence Henderson? please! yuk.

  4. JoseR

    December 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I pick Sandi Patty… She really sing… From Indiana and with that powerful voice…. Is going to be a WOW…. Sandi Patty is the perfect match…

  5. Stefano L

    December 11, 2011 at 4:43 am

    My top 5

    1. Sandi Patty
    2. Sandi Patty
    3. Sandi Patty
    4. Sandi Patty and maybe
    5. Sandi Patty

    She can sing… o yes.

  6. Stefano L

    December 11, 2011 at 4:52 am

    BTW, she’s the most award christian female artist in the History, with 5 GRAMMYS, 4 BILLBOARDS AWARD, 40 DOVE AWARD, INDIANA LIVING LEGEND AWARD, CHRISTIAN HALL OF FAME… SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR 4 PRESIDENTS, SING IN NBA GAMES, NFL GAMES… SHE SING BROADWAY, OPERA, INSPIRATIONAL, POPS…. SHE HAVE AN AMAZING RESUME… WHAT ELSE? Nothing to proof… She can rock!!!

  7. JScott

    December 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    To be sure, Sandi Patty’s award-winning history plays to her advantage here.

    I say all of this as a music lover who took in his first concert at a Sandi Patty show, at Ball State’s Emens Auditorium. (Does it matter that I was asleep on the floor at age 5?)

    Funny side note: I actually sold a suit to Ms. Patty and her husband in 2005 at one of Indy’s Banana Republic stores.