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Our 5 Fave National Anthem Performances This Year

Whitney... Marvin Gaye... Everybody knows the classic anthem performances. Why not ring in the 4th of July with these jaw-dropping "Star-Spangled Banner" renditions from the past year

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31: Beyonce performs the National Anthem at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conferen
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    From sea to shining sea it's generally accepted that Whitney Houston's 1991 performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV is the best performance of our nation's anthem.

    That hasn't stopped some of today's big-voiced divas from delivering jaw-dropping, chill-inducing renditions of the national anthem.

    Over the past 12 months since our last Independence Day singers like Beyoncé and Demi Lovato gave us a few more reasons to be proud to be an American! Check out our five favorite national anthem performances from the past year.

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    Amber Riley

    Who: Amber Riley

    When: September 4, 2012

    Where: Oh, no big deal - Glee star Amber Riley only opened the 2012 Democratic National Convention, held in Charlotte, North Carolina. While we clearly can't say this performance is why President Obama won his second term in the White House, it definitely didn't hurt!

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    Demi Lovato

    Who: Demi Lovato

    When: October 28, 2012

    Where: Just a month after her X Factor debut, Lovato opened Game 4 of the 2012 World Series at Detroit's Comerica Park. The San Francisco Giants won the 2012 title against the Detroit Tigers, but all we can remember is Demi shutting it down with that performance of the national anthem. 

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    Who: Beyoncé

    When: January 31, 2013

    Where: After allegedly lip syncing the anthem at President Obama's second inauguration ceremony earlier that month Bey set the record straight belting out an acapella rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at an NFL Super Bowl press conference. The star went on to perform an amazing set at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show just a few days later.

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    Jessica Sanchez

    Who: Jessica Sanchez

    When: April 1, 2013

    Where: After finishing second on American Idol in 2012 (to winner Phillip Phillips), Sanchez went on land a major record deal and a recurring role on Fox's Glee. Just one stop first, The White House. Sanchez was invited to sing the national anthem (while standing inches away from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama!) at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

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    Lady Gaga

    Who: Lady Gaga

    When: June 28, 2013

    Where: As if the U.S. Supreme Court knocking down the Defense of Marriage Act wasn't the best way to open New York City's LGBT Pride weekend, Lady Gaga came out of hiding (hip surgery kept her laying low most of '13) to help kick off NYCs annual Pride celebration. After a moving speech and passionate acapella performance of "The Star Spangled Banner," Gaga is back!

    Feeling extra proud to be an American this 4th of July? Check out Katy Perry's Most Patriotic Outfits, or just check out our gallery of 30 Patriotic Performers decked out in Americana from head to toe!

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