This Day in Black History: Jan. 27, 1991

Whitney Houston lip syncs the national anthem before  Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991 in Tampa. The New York  Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills 20 - 19. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Jan. 27, 1991

Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV on Jan. 27, 1991.

Published January 27, 2014

Whitney Houston was in her prime. She already released critically acclaimed albums Whitney Houston and Whitney, won several Grammy Awards for hits “Saving All My Love For You” and her successful albums. But nothing catapulted her career like her Jan. 27, 1991, performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV.

Houston’s poise and control allowed her to hit every note, sending a surge of American pride, which transcended from the stadium to the millions of viewers at home during the heart of the Persian Gulf War. Her performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner” also marked the first time it was broadcast in countries outside of North America and the United Kingdom.

Although the performance was lip-syncing to a recording of the song, the rendition was released as a single due to popular demand and still remains arguably one of the greatest performances of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

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(Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Written by Dominique Zonyéé


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