Idina Menzel Sings National Anthem at Super Bowl without Messing Up

Brian Snyder/Reuters
Brian Snyder/Reuters

We love Idina Menzel. We love her despite the fact that she seems to choke at every live performance. But at Sunday’s Super Bowl, finally, she did just fine.

Breathe easy, everyone. She did it. Idina Menzel sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and while her bizarrely arranged a cappella version was nowhere near the A+ version we’re used to from belting divas at the game, our friend did just fine. Finally.

If you’re a fan of Idina Menzel, the announcement that the ghost of Adele Dazeem would be performing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl—an honor previously given to iconic divas including Whitney Houston, Beyonce, and Christina Aguilera—was thrilling. It was also incredibly stressful.

Because there is nothing more anxiety-inducing than Idina Menzel giving a nationally televised live performance. She is one helluva performer. A Tony-winning Broadway superstar. A global sensation responsible for “Let It Go” playing on loop in all of our heads, all of the time. She also has a history of really miffing it during high-profile performances. Girl has a tendency to choke.

As is her way, Menzel looked like she had to WORK for every single note during Sunday’s version of the National Anthem. The arrangement she chose did, at times, veer towards Maya-Rudolph-on-SNL nonsensical territory, and she was, at times, flatter than a football in New England. (Did I nail that #sports reference? Forgive me if I didn’t.)

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Source: The Daily Beast | Kevin Fallon

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