Carrie Underwood – National Anthem – Superbowl 2010

Carrie Underwood sang the National Anthem, a ‘capella, live–NO lip syncing–before today’s Superbowl game. I am officially impressed. The last note was a little wobbly, but still–awesome job, Carrie.

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I do believe that performers have lip synced the National Anthem to a backing track nearly every year since 1993.

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166 Comments

  1. I thought she was great, and it seemed like he sang it live, which would be a first at the Super Bowl in years!

  2. Hate to be the first to comment. I love Carrie, but that was really bad. She had a mic, why did she shout it?

    ETA: I see I wasn’t first and my opinion so far isn’t the popular one. Sorry, folks. It didn’t sound good to me.

  3. Thanks for posting! Everyone I know here, including me missed it! How freaking early did they show this?!

  4. Yessss! How hilarious after all the talk about how it’s a necessity to tape it so nothing will go wrong, etc., etc., and then Carrie sings it LIVE. Because she can.

  5. Hate to be the first to comment. I love Carrie, but that was really bad. She had a mic, why did she shout it?

    If you think that was shouting, you should hear Diana DeGarmo’s version from NASCAR a few years ago. THAT was shouting! This was pushing a bit but the anthem isn’t exactly a soft song either :)

  6. She had a mic, why did she shout it?

    I don’t know about shouting, but the last note was kinda off, wasn’t it? She still did a great job doing it live though.

  7. Sorry guys. I can appreciate the difficulty of singing live at the SB, but that was not good. Sure, Carrie sang it loud and confidently went for the high notes, but there was alot of flat notes there and the ending was off.

  8. TwigLA

    Hate to be the first to comment. I love Carrie, but that was really bad. She had a mic, why did she shout it?

    Good question! I have no idea!!! Eeep!

  9. terps
    02/07/2010 at 6:42 pm
    No music AND live… that is how it is done

    Exactly! Thank you Ms. Underwood!!

  10. Ditto amiroamor…..that last note was really awful. The roar of the crowd kind of hid it, but I heard it!!!,,,,very flat.

  11. I don’t know about shouting, but the last note was kinda off, wasn’t it?

    Yes, the last note was a bit wobbly. That’s how you can tell it was live.

  12. She tried good for her, took guts. I know I couldnt do it. some notes were a little off, at the end, but hey she aint no Taylor Swift. Should have had TS do it LOL. Good Job Carrie.

  13. The last note was off a little but she probably couldn’t hear herself over the crowd. I think she did a great job. Perfect? No. But things don’t have to be perfect to be great. I admire her for singing it live.

  14. When was the last time the SB was sung live at the Superbowl? Need to do a little research on that.

  15. If you check out Twitter, it’s pretty clear that alot of folks did not consider that a great performance and definitely heard alot of flat notes, especially the last one. In the long run, I don’t think it will hurt Carrie, but, at least for me, its important to acknowledge what your ears are hearing.

  16. this was the official ”suck it” to taylor swift’s label chief, in re to his swipe at idol alums, lolol… gotta give carrie some props for going out there and doing the na straight up, no chaser, no autotune and no lip synching… bigger stars than she have fallen back on it, so i admire her courage in giving us another performance in what’s becoming an idol alum lock at major sporting events… ya done good carrie :)

  17. A for the live performance, F for the outfit and shoes…..carrie, if u chose that yourself u need a stylist, if ur stylis picked it out fire him/her

  18. She should have lip synced to yesterday’s sound check. That sounded really good. Today was not Carrie’s best effort. Sometimes pride cometh before the fall. And, on a shallow note, she looked horrible (which is unusual for Carrie)…the hair, the outfit, the really bad shoes, even the make-up was a bit off. Just not a good effort for Carrie.

    Now Latifah looked ravishing and sounded pretty good and sang live also….but you could tell that she had feedback and distortion problems since the ear piece was yanked first thing. It’s just not a great venue for live singing and that isn’t anything against any performer..just sayin.

  19. I don’t think it will hurt Carrie, but, at least for me, its important to acknowledge what your ears are hearing.

    I know what my ears were hearing, and the last note was off, but I think for the most part, she was fine.

    I kinda prefer a real version of the SSB, warts and all over some sanitized pre-recorded deal.

  20. Now Latifah looked ravishing and sounded pretty good

    I thought Latifah sounded like ass. She probably should have considered lip syncing.

  21. Eh I thought she looked great. Especially the shoes. But I’m a guy, what do I know. LOL

  22. Latifah was really really nervous. Her hands and voice were shaking. I was suprised bc she has sung live at the oscars and on lots of other shows before large audiences. But good for her for doing it live

  23. Wow, you guys are a pretty tough crowd LOL. I thought Carrie did a wonderful performance. Yes, I heard the not-so-great bit at the very end, but it wasn’t horrible to me. It also didn’t mar the rest of her performance for me, either.

  24. I give Carrie credit for taking on the SSB live. I thought that it was OK, but IMO, there were too many pitchy notes for it to be a good performance, especially the last note was quite off.

  25. I definitely give her kudos for singing this live w/o backing track. I stand and applaud simply for that.

    She did seem to struggle all of the way through though.

    Why have they generally used a backing track for the Super Bowl, but not for the championship games? Is it because it’s the big game and stress of singing for this?

    I also thought Queen Latifahs’s voice sounded a little weak, surprisingly to me, though she did a very nice job!

    ETA: I just want to clarify that I was surprised by QL’s weak voice, not that she did a nice job.

  26. When was the last time the SB was sung live at the Superbowl? Need to do a little research on that.

    could it be billy joel mj… found this little tidbit in this article… more at the link…

    Best Super Bowl National Anthem Performers
    Rick Limpert
    Published January 07, 2010

    Performing the national anthem is an honor, no matter where it is done. Performing the national anthem at an event like the Super Bowl would be the one of the highlights of any performer’s life.

    Performing The Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl has come a long way since the universities of Arizona and Michigan’s bands did the honor at the first Super Bowl. Now this job is given to seasoned artists, American Idols or pop bands who will not only do a decent rendition of this hard to perform song but will bring interest to the start of the big game.

    I would like to rate my top five Super Bowl national anthem performers. Future performers sure have a lot to live up to.

    5. Billy Joel – Billy Joel has sung the national anthem twice, at Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XLI. No lip syncing here. Joel sang both times live and didn’t miss a note. He has his own style, and it works for national anthems in New York or anywhere. A true performer and a pro.

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2553893/best_super_bowl_national_anthem_performers.html

  27. I thought she sounded great and looked great. They say that with people used to autotune that we expect everyone to sing perfectly – but “real” singers might hit an off note – but they are real and that is the beauty of it.

  28. So proud Carrie sang it live, as it should be sung.
    Yes, the last note went flat—was wondering if there was a jumbotron that showed her the same shots we saw at home. Almost sounded like she got choked up at the end, and I wonder if she saw the shot of the player wiping his eyes. Would’ve gotten me, too, if I’d been the singer. All in all, very good, and she looked thrilled to be there.

  29. Listening to mj’s video, it’s a bit better than on my TV. My TV is new, but speakers can vary in quality. The off notes are still there, and it’s still shouty to me.

    BUT, I give Carrie major props for doing it live. She said she was nervous when she heard how many people would be there and watching at home. It’s not going to hurt her career in the least.

    I didn’t like the shoes either, but the shoes weren’t singing.

  30. Carrie did pretty good, she was off key 2 times from what I heard.
    I have to give her credit tho for singing live in a big time event when most singers have lip synced

  31. I thought both Latifah and Carrie were off at times, but I would much rather hear them that way than pre-recorded. I give them both an A+
    for effort.

  32. I missed it on the t.v., but from the video I think Carrie did a great job. She looked really pretty too.

  33. Carrie definitely mucked the last note but overall I thought she controlled her voice really well and did a good job letting the lyrics drive her delivery. Normally when she’s nervous her bottom notes go but that wasn’t the case today. The highest notes could have been fuller but they were still plenty full.

    It’s not her best anthem but it’s a solid A-/B+ for me and I’m REALLY glad Carrie did it live. I didn’t love the jumpsuit but I’m not big on all white in general. I liked it better on rewatching.

  34. ITA! My husband adores Carrie and even he agreed that it was a bit painful, especially towards the end. I will now take on Paula’s role and admit that she did look beautiful.

  35. I agree with those who thought it wasn’t her finest moment. I appreciate the fact that she sang it live, but it just sounded strained and a bit shouty. Even my boyfriend who was in the other room walked in and said that it was not good. Don’t get me wrong I think Carrie has a great voice, but IMO I think there’s a reason why lots of singers prerecord it.

  36. Carrie was good even though not perfect and I believe she deserved the honor of singing the song and I am glad she was asked to do it.

  37. LOL, I love people saying it should be prerecorded, but then bitch about autotuning all the time and Tswift not singing well at the grammys.

  38. not good…..just “shouty” overall. Screechy on the high notes and flat at the end. IMHO

  39. Not a Carrie fan so hearing all the dissing I was expecting it to be sucktastic. But surprisingly it was pretty good. Sure there was that bumpy note toward the end and you could tell she was rushing it and trying to keep her breath support at the same time. Also without the usual bombastic orchestra tack it made this rendition seem lackluster in comparison.

    But otherwise I would not call this a fail. Not even close. It was just more of a hey good job there. Very respectable showing. And it was live so that just earns kudos IMO.

  40. LOL, I love people saying it should be prerecorded, but then bitch about autotuning all the time and Tswift not singing well at the grammys

    I think it is ballsy that Carrie chose to sing it live but having been to enough football games in my life I know that their is a big trade off to do so. Sound swirls and reverberates in those stadiums and a singer can’t hear themselves live….they are hearing themselves with a slight delay. Not the case at an accoustically controlled environment like the grammys were. Carrie made her choice…and for 95% of the peeps watching they could have cared less if it was sung live or recorded. They are more interested in the guys in blue and white or gold and black. Carrie was just a blip on their radar.

  41. Also from a technical standpoint Carrie was belting, not shouting. Shouting would’ve revealed some strain because she would’ve been throaty. But her notes were very well supported. I’d guess the choice to belt was motivated by being in the huge stadium. Arguable choice for TV, right choice for the venue. I didn’t mind it personally.

  42. Good for Carrie for singing it live. The NA is very difficult to sing at the best of times, trying to do so at the SB makes it that much more difficult. Yes, it was a little off, but I’d rather that than a lip-synched performance.

    Wasn’t digging Carrie’s outfit — too much white. It looked like a jumpsuit, although I guess it wasn’t?

  43. I thought she sounded fine. Other than the last note, I didn’t hear much to complain about. YMMV.

  44. Further, whether you liked it or not, this was Carrie’s moment and I think she did just fine.

    ita….

  45. Reminder:

    Let’s keep the discussion focused on Carrie please.

    I’m going to open this thread back up in a moment.

    The next fan who attempts to hijack this thread will be put in moderation.

  46. Carrie worst fears were she would forget the words or not hit the last note. I think she sort of talked herself into not hitting the last note like I know she can. Just a observation. Remember she killed it at the Grammy’s I this one performance does not make me like her less as Adam AMA performance didn’t either. The both will most likely get it right the next time they have to sing live. Honestly both their averages to me seem to be well into the 90% on singling live.

  47. The superbowl is also a suitable subject, if you want to chat about the game, commercials etc.

  48. I thought Carrie sounded fine. So she had a bum note…big deal. Now her stylist should be fired after selecting that outfit. That was just awful. I’m not a Carrie fan, but I would much rather have watched her sing the halftime show than the Who. They are sounding like crap. Without the lights it would be nothing.

    Thanks MJ for stopping the thread for a few. Hate it when others are brought into the topic for no damn reason. Unnecessary bashing.

  49. Sorry MJ! The Who look so old right now….but it is cool that they are still up there doing what they love.

  50. I was hoping she would sing it live without music and she sounded real and heartfelt, except for that last note (but I think she fixed it right at the end). I like the anthem sung straight up without a lot of extra notes so she did right by me.

    Did not care for her outfit, but then I’m not a big fan of her fashion sense.

    I’m enjoying all these playoff anthems by the idols – thanks, NFL!

  51. Oh yay, time to be hyper critical, and even better since I’m not a Carrie fan at all. I thought there were several bad notes throughout….thought she inhaled helium before hand, think she did fine holding the note, helium and all. ummm, oh yeah…thought she looked like a complete ditz at the end, thinking the crowd was gonna go wild or were all focused on her. Reality was that it was all about the fly over…..

    I can’t be all negative – she is gorgeous. Wish she would have chosen a little more festive outfit…red white and blue or somethin’. I notice Queen L had a little red/blue eye shadow action…

    There. Now go out there and make millions Carrie!!!

    (the who is in the background at this second….i’m having pot smoking flash backs.)

  52. I thought she sounded great except that last note, and props to her for having the guts to sing live.

  53. Oh and just to be a tad superficial yeah did not like the outfit on her either. Carries usually scores a touchdown when it comes to her appearance and this was not one of her better outfits In fact the only one I never liked but her beauty even in this still shines through. Again still love her singing and love her. (Well as much as a fan can love someone they really don’t know except what is presented to me in the public eye but from that love her) :-)

  54. Yay for superbael commercials… these are the best… all the Doritos have being funny and The Coca Cola + The Simpson its was funny…

  55. Carrie had a lot of bum notes. She didn’t sing well at all. Too pitchy, shouty and she made the SSB incredibly borinnnng.

  56. Hey, that was a pretty cool half-time show, too! The lights were amazing, I thought.

  57. I’m not even going to touch the Who and the half-time performance. Somethings are just better kept in our memories then drug out to be retreaded 40 years later….It made me feel old and tired listening to them try and come up with the old vibe. It made me miss the old Disney shows…..Janet Jackson really did kill Superbowl halftimes.

  58. Good for her for doing it live and a capella. I haven’t yet heard it, but just on principle, good for her!

    Don’t like the outfit though. It’s kind of weird and you know an outfit is unflattering when it takes some like size 2 skinny-mini like Carrie and makes her look hippy and like she has a tum. Plus the silver weirdness of the shirt and the chains? Yeah, not feeling it.

    Also Scott Fujita is my MVP for what he’s said off the field. You rock Scott! Though I’m sure the Saints will lose. Which sucks, as I hate Peyton Manning and the Colts. First the Yankees, now the Colts. It’s been a while of teams I don’t like winning the national titles. feh.

  59. Thought Carrie sounded fine for the most part. I could hear where she went off a little toward the very end, but otherwise didn’t pick up many issues. It wasn’t quite as strong as the soundcheck version I heard at another site earlier in the day, but that’s a whole other situation. And hers was much much better than some other versions I’ve heard.

    Good for Carrie for tackling it live, also.

  60. Carrie did fine judging by the crowd I was with. She sounded live but that’s the trick, isn’t it? The outfit was awful.

  61. I thought Carrie did a great job (except the last note). Much better than some others that have sang the SSB lately and a hundred times better than Taylor Swift sing HER OWN SONGS! Her Elvis outfit distracted me though. Ugh! I agree! fire her new stylists. Yep, I agree some things are better left in our memories regarding the Who. I felt sorry for them! Thanks Janet!

  62. Yes…the Elvis ensemble she was sporting did nothing for her. Must be using Kelly Clarkson’s stylist. LOL!

  63. Also Scott Fujita is my MVP for what he’s said off the field. You rock Scott!

    I know! Reading about him clinched my rooting for the saints!

  64. I do agree I am not in love with Carrie’s recent all white outfit kick. I don’t think all white looks good on anyone.

  65. It is weird for people to say they give props for her singing live. Ummmm.she is a singer!!! I know people lipsynch but it seems weird to congratulate a “singer” for NOT lipsinging!

  66. Will hear her perf in a moment. Just to comment on the outfit… it’s great except for the silver metallic top… geez it’s a football game!

  67. It is weird for people to say they give props for her singing live. Ummmm.she is a singer!!! I know people lipsynch but it seems weird to congratulate a “singer” for NOT lipsinging!

    The point is that it has been lipsynched for 17 years now, and Carrie broke that trend, and that is what is impressive.

  68. The first thing my hubby said when he was her was she’s wearing an Elvis outfit. I thought she was fine doing the NA.

    I like the Who just fine however they need to get some current acts. It’s been the geezer watch the last few years.

  69. I do agree I am not in love with Carrie’s recent all white outfit kick. I don’t think all white looks good on anyone.

    I know! what’s up with her and the all white crap? But I do disagree, I think some people can look good in white. Even some blondes. But the outfit and styling have to be impeccable. This outfit so was not. Same for that hair. Oy to the vey.

  70. LOL. Oh, Carrie, you embarrassed me to my mom. The moment I heard the first note of SSB on TV, I ran to tell her that you’re from AI and that SuperBowls always have (that’s an exaggeration) AI’ers sing the SSB because they were really good singers…pitch-perfect and all that. Oopsie..I guess, I picked the wrong time to brag. Anyway, I actually like the outfit, very modern. She looked chic, confident, and sort-of fierce. Finally, I didn’t see the Barbie (maybe, a little bit) or the “Dolly-without the-boobs” looks for the first time, considering that I don’t follow her often. Overall, the rendition is ok –using AI standard.
    On the other, if Adam’s gonna sing the SSB at the SuperBowl, he better be as good as Diva Plavalaguna to earn an A from me.

  71. It is weird for people to say they give props for her singing live. Ummmm.she is a singer!!! I know people lipsynch but it seems weird to congratulate a “singer” for NOT lipsinging!

    The point is that it has been lipsynched for 17 years now, and Carrie broke that trend, and that is what is impressive.

    I’m not the original poster, but I think the point is that we’re all complimenting someone on doing something that maybe all of them should be doing. So that Carrie’s performance of singing live isn’t so ‘brave,’ and ‘unusual.’ Maybe they’re saying ‘hey, wouldn’t it be nice if it was the norm, and not some freak event.’ Which is a fair comment/idea to have.

  72. It is kind of sad that we have all become so accustomed to autotune and performances that are lip-synched, that we can’t appreciate a live performance, missed notes and all. I would much rather a singer give it their best without any artifice than pretend to be singing in an attempt at perfection. If I want perfection, I’ll buy a studio CD. I thought Carrie did a great job and I give her major props for trying something so daunting as to sing the NA live in that circus atmosphere.

    However, her outfit was not her best. Very odd ensemble.

  73. I think I’m the only one that liked Carrie’s outfit. I mean I wouldn’t wear it to the mall, but it seemed pretty good for a performance. At least she looked good in it. I definitely agree with those of you who weren’t loving the shoes.

  74. It is weird for people to say they give props for her singing live. Ummmm.she is a singer!!! I know people lipsynch but it seems weird to congratulate a “singer” for NOT lipsinging!

    in the ever increasing autotuned, manufactured, lip synched world of the britney’s, the swift’s and some in the hip hop/rap world, a la lil wayne and t-pain et al, those like carrie who show their skill and mettle at pulling off a live performance like this are becoming the exception rather than the rule… autotune and lip synching have given new connotations to the term ”singer”, and i will give props to and kudos for anyone willing to put their live voices out there in front of millions, flat notes, a few bum notes and all… carrie, unlike swift and these other studio generated wonders, has a verifiable record of being able to sing well live and in studio, so if she has what many are calling an off night vocally here, so what… it’s part of the deal with a live vocal, and i hope to never become desensitized and accepting of the lowered standards that pass for good singing these days… my personal test for fave singers will remain the ability to sing consistently well live, as well as in the studio… old skool rules, lol

  75. (Well as much as a fan can love someone they really don’t know except what is presented to me in the public eye but from that love her)

    I know exactly what you mean, I say that about my favorites all the time. We are not deluded that they love us back, so I think we’re ok. ;)

    I have to say, I don’t know whether to give kudos to Carrie more for having the guts to sing the NA live at the Super Bowl, or for wearing a shiny belty thing in a horizontal line across her hips. Lots of big risks going on here! ;) I think she looked beautiful though, she always does.

  76. There’s no excuse for bum notes during a live performance of NA. The fact that Carrie can sing and doesn’t need autotune should also mean that she can sing this song w/o fault. It just goes to show Carrie is not a perfect singer as some of her fans claim and there are better singers than her.

  77. or for wearing a shiny belty thing in a horizontal line across her hips.

    That’s not a belt, that’s her shirt. It’s a longer shirt, with a tight bottom part, with a shorter jacket over it. You can see it’s the same fabric as under her jacket in some pics above. And you can see in the main picture of this point, that it’s kind of riding up a bit, thus by adding a slight roll of fabric to a woman who doesn’t have a roll there otherwise. Which is why I think it’s an unflattering outfit.

  78. There’s no excuse for bum notes during a live performance of NA. The fact that Carrie can sing and doesn’t need autotune should also mean that she can sing this song w/o fault. It just goes to show Carrie is not a perfect singer as some of her fans claim.

    This isn’t in some theater or even in some arena, no one is singing the national anthem perfectly in an open air stadium at the super bowl with fireworks exploding overhead and the inability to hear yourself.

  79. love Carrie but it was only an ok performance for me. Something was a bit forced in that performance like something meant to impress but I was not impressed.

  80. Truthiness, I looked at the photo again and see that you’re correct. It looked like some kind of a sash at first glance. With the short jacket, it creates the same effect, and I agree it’s not the most flattering look. Any horizontal line across a wide part of the body is generally a very bad idea, unless someone is very tall and thin.

  81. This isn’t in some theater or even in some arena, no one is singing the national anthem perfectly in an open air stadium at the super bowl with fireworks exploding overhead and the inability to hear yourself.

    I disagree that no one could do it better. I dunno, I’m gonna say Marian Anderson could do it. I was watching a YouTube of her doing God Bless America at the Lincoln Memorial the other day, (again, it’s a very moving performance) so totally theoritically and we’ll never be able to prove it, but I’m going to posit that yes, Marian Anderson could have sung the SSB and not biffed the notes Carrie did. Yes, even with live fireworks, not hearing herself whatever. Marian wouldn’t have known about the hearing yourself. Now can I prove it? Well of course not, because no two events are exactly the same. Plus the whole Marian being long dead, n’ crap.

    But no, I don’t think Carrie Underwood is the pinnacle of singing, so that if SHE couldn’t do it in those circumstances, no one else could. I think any number of people could have done a better job in the same place/time. My just random pick for right now, Marian Anderson, could have. Just for one, just off the top of my head.

  82. There’s no excuse for bum notes during a live performance of NA. The fact that Carrie can sing and doesn’t need autotune should also mean that she can sing this song w/o fault. It just goes to show Carrie is not a perfect singer as some of her fans claim.

    as long as she and we remain human beings, there is a very high probability that there will be a few mistakes made along the way, lots of shortcomings and failures – even great singers hitting a bum note here or there in a performance of the na – one of the toughest songs any singer will tell you there is to sing – whether singing live or recording it… many fans delusionally think their faves are perfect, and/or invented it and good singing, lol, so her fans are no anomalies for thinking this… was it perfect – no. it wasn’t nearly as bad as some have made it out to be either… there lies the beauty of the live vocal for me over the lip synch and autotune… i don’t expect perfection when i hear a singer live, i want to hear the natural textures and shades and rawness and natural emotion in the vocal… makes it more real, and honest and pure for me, but that’s just my preference.

  83. I disagree that no one could do it better.

    I wasn’t saying no one could have done it better….I certainly don’t think Carrie is the best singer out there, I just think in those conditions no one is going to sing pitch perfectly. I am sure Marian Anderson sang better at the Lincoln Memorial than she would in that stadium.

  84. I totally agree with Mtlfan. It sounded forced to me. Like she tried too hard to impress everyone, I don’t know. I generally love all her performances and never heard a bad note from her, but this was just ok. It didn’t impress me. It sounded like she was shouting at times.

  85. thought she looked like a complete ditz at the end, thinking the crowd was gonna go wild or were all focused on her. Reality was that it was all about the fly over…..

    Carrie was looking up at the fly over and it’s pretty clear she was beaming with relief and enjoying the flyover above. One thing about Carrie that even some of her fans wish she would change is she hasn’t learned to take applause well and backs away from it instead of taking in the moment.

  86. Interesting new bar to set for giving a singer kudos just for singing live. And yes, I understand the Super Bowl history of pre-recorded singers. I would argue that the bar has been set so low by autotuned singers, both in the studio and ‘live’, that singers who just make it through a song without electronic adjustment are acclaimed.

    Well, I’m not going there. If anything, I would think AI viewers know the difference between merely hitting most of the notes and putting on a convincing performance. Sometimes I think the fandom created by the AI franchise, makes folks too defensive about AI alumni, as though its somehow unfaithful to listen to them with a critical ear, as if doing so would be sloughing off one’s job on Team AI. I understand the tough conditions that make it incredibly difficult to put on a great performance at the SB which is why they probably went to pre-recorded songs in the first place. But, I think we still need to have that standard of excellence.

    As performers, AI alumni will be as fallible as any other singer, with good days and not-so-good days. I would consider this a not-so-good day for Carrie, not bad, but not good.

  87. as long as she and we remain human beings, there is a very high probability that there will be a few mistakes made along the way, lots of shortcomings and failures – even great singers hitting a bum note here or there in a performance of the na – one of the toughest songs any singer will tell you there is to sing – whether singing live or recording it… many fans delusionally think their faves are perfect, and/or invented it and good singing, lol, so her fans are no anomalies for thinking this… was it perfect – no. it wasn’t nearly as bad as some have made it out to be either… there lies the beauty of the live vocal for me over the lip synch and autotune… i don’t expect perfection when i hear a singer live, i want to hear the natural textures and shades and rawness and natural emotion in the vocal… makes it more real, and honest and pure for me, but that’s just my preference.

    Great post!

  88. I give Carrie kudos for singing it live, but the outfit was terrible. It didn’t fit well at all, and the shoes didn’t go with that type of outfit.

  89. i’m just a casual carrie fan, and have no problem cutting her lotsa slack tonight because i know her record – she will dust herself off, and just come at it stronger and better her next performance… it’s what winners, in life, tend to do… like everyone, she’s gonna have those days when the game is going to be off… if i thought it was an unrecoverable error, misstep, whatever, then maybe i’d be inclined to analyze/overanalyze her performance to the nth degree, but she did well enough to keep her crown, hahah…

  90. Sometimes I think the fandom created by the AI franchise, makes folks too defensive about AI alumni, as though its somehow unfaithful to listen to them with a critical ear, as if doing so would be sloughing off one’s job on Team AI.

    Well I am not a Carrie fan. I don’t own a single song or cd. But I still think Carrie did a great job. Obviously not perfect, but very nice.

  91. As I mentioned on the other thread, I thought Roger Daltry was going to rip out his throat. I felt bad for the Who. Some singers…Billy Joel, Elton John seem to get better with age. Some just get hoarse.

    Oops…Eli Manning….game over. (or is it Payton Manning?)

  92. Okay I listened to it, I thought she did a pretty damn good job, considering that she did it live and a capella. She started losing it a bit towards the end, in terms of notes, from about 2:19 on, she had a few bum ones, and that last was shaky.

    But still I thought she did a good job overall.

    I wasn’t saying no one could have done it better….I certainly don’t think Carrie is the best singer out there, I just think in those conditions no one is going to sing pitch perfectly.

    Well you said no one was going to do better in those circumstances, I disagree, I think others could. And yes, even sing with perfect pitch throughout in those circumstances. Heck, not as if Carrie herself didn’t go a fairly good job through most of the song with that, but she biffed parts. There are singers who even today, wouldn’t have biffed those notes. It’s not THAT big a deal. I don’t find the not hearing yourself to be such a big deal, people in opera and theatre have done it for years, and with more challenging songs than the SSB. And yes, even in open concerts, and no, the fireworks going off way far away for one part, isn’t such a big deal.

    I am all for giving Carrie credit for doing a pretty good job, and especially after years of people faking it, or having backing tracks. But it was not a perfect performance and yeah, others could have done better. So what? Carrie did a pretty good performance this time.

    All while wearing a really bad outfit and with stupid hair.

    I mean we aren’t talking Taylor Swift levels of crappy vocals. She did a pretty damn good job for most of the song, and with a fairly challenging song, and in a fairly challenging way, a capella. So yeah, props to Carrie.

  93. I think the Saints are going to win this. I am so excited I cant stand it.

  94. As I mentioned on the other thread, I thought Roger Daltry was going to rip out his throat. I felt bad for the Who. Some singers…Billy Joel, Elton John seem to get better with age. Some just get hoarse.

    I know. I was watching with my 6 year old son and he did not like the show. He was like “yikes!”. I tried to explain to him that The Who was really great back in the day, but they are getting older. Kinda sad. But the crowd gave them love. And I’m sure they had a blast!

  95. i don’t expect perfection when i hear a singer live, i want to hear the natural textures and shades and rawness and natural emotion in the vocal… makes it more real, and honest and pure for me, but that’s just my preference.

    I don’t expect perfection either but some singers can actually sing the National Anthem with emotion etc. without shouting or being pitchy. Case in point Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson. I felt nothing when Carrie sang btw it felt too mechanical but that’s my opinion. I thought she did a lot better job with her last Superbowl NA.

  96. Sometimes I think the fandom created by the AI franchise, makes folks too defensive about AI alumni, as though its somehow unfaithful to listen to them with a critical ear, as if doing so would be sloughing off one’s job on Team AI.

    There are folks who disagree with you. That’s all. No big agenda at work here, in my opinion.

  97. I think the Saints are going to win this. I am so excited I cant stand it.

    Hooray for Saints fans. I’m not really on either side because Colts beat the Jets and Saints beat the Vikings. (I like Jets and Vikings). So may the best team win!

  98. I admire Carrie for singing it live. No, it wasn’t perfect, especially the last note, but it’s the small imperfections here & there in live performances that make them authentic, believable and enjoyable for me. Overall, it was very nice and certainly no trainwreck by any measure.

    Thought the outfit was fine, she looked beautiful.

    ETA: I loved The Who!

  99. iluvai…..yes the crowd was singing along with every song which was nice…

    And Latifah…she ripped out that ear piece near the beginning of the song. What is it with those damn things?

    Congrats to New Orleans although I really didn’t care much. One of the Colts players was from my hometown but so what.

    The e-trade commericials are the BEST!!

  100. Yay for the Saints! Their first ever SB appearance and they win!

    And for Scott and for Katrina…I’m all for the Saints wininng! YAY!!!!

    Bonus, Peyton Manning and the Colts losing. Ha! Maybe they should have gone for that perfect season after all, :P

  101. girlygirl….Drew Brees’s son is a doll!

    QVC is already selling autograph photo of Drew Brees $299.00!

  102. Ok, that settles it…pre recorded SSB’s for all SB’s from now on!

    Does Sean Payton look like Ben Stiller’s long lost older brother (at least
    with the hat on) or is it just me?

  103. I’m late to this discussion and this may have been mentioned already but was Carrie’s singing this song acapella her way of getting back at Taylor Swift’s people for dissing AI singers? just askin’, just a thought. I love carrie and have seen her twice in concert. she did a great job and looked gorgeous as always.

  104. QVC is already selling autograph photo of Drew Brees $299.00!

    Ha ha! Cray Cray fans exist outside of Idol! :)

  105. I liked Carrie’s outfit and thought she sounded pretty good. Drew Brees son is just adorable makes me miss when my sons were that little.

  106. Just watched Carrie Underwood. I thought she did well. She was sharp on the last note, like everyone has said. (She was also slightly flat on “gave” but corrected very quickly.) Personally, I also think she would have done better if she’d sang the entire song one-half tone lower–“red glare” and “free” were okay, but she was really reaching for them.

    All that said, I respect her about 1000 times more than any singer who has lip synched to a self-track. I see the temptation to lip synch–when there’s 30 million (or whatever) watching you, you want to guarantee perfection–but I also think it’s a ridiculous sham to pretend to sing, rather than really sing, when you present yourself before a live audience and put your mouth in front of a microphone.

  107. There’s no excuse for bum notes during a live performance of NA. The fact that Carrie can sing and doesn’t need autotune should also mean that she can sing this song w/o fault. It just goes to show Carrie is not a perfect singer as some of her fans claim and there are better singers than her.

    She is a VERY good singer. And there’s an excellent excuse–she couldn’t hear very well, especially at the end when the whole place erupts with the excitement of the game.

  108. I’m really glad that the NOS won, and on their first trip to the Super Bowl! Such a great thing for the city of NO as well.

  109. I’m late to this discussion and this may have been mentioned already but was Carrie’s singing this song acapella her way of getting back at Taylor Swift’s people for dissing AI singers? just askin’, just a thought.

    My opinion only but I don’t think so. I just don’t think Carrie’s going to make decisions about a performance that is allegedly going to be watched by 140 million people (that’s what they say, probably an exaggeration) at an event that she’s probably watched since she was a little girl based on a dig by somebody else’s label head.

    Here are some reviews. They range from solid to very positive.
    NOLA.com
    MTV
    Michael Slezak at EW
    Wall Street Journal
    Sun-Sentinel
    Yahoo
    USA Today
    Zap2It

    Speaking as a fan I’d have loved if Carrie’d given the kind of epic, all-time SSB performance that I know she’s capable of, but I don’t think that happened tonight. I still think she did a very good job though, there were some things about her performance that I loved, and I’m happy for her.

    Commiserations to Colts fans – your boys played a great season. Congrats to Saints fans!

  110. Not bad, but not really good either. I was wincing at some parts. I couldn’t really relax and enjoy, because I kept feeling that she was on the edge of messing up a note. It was wobbly and a bit shouty. But I will give her props for singing live–that’s something, for the Super Bowl. And for the SSB in general.

  111. Did Jennifer Hudson lip-synch when she sang the SSB?

    Yes. Rickey Minor confirmed it to the Associated Press. Here’s one of the articles about it: ABC News

    They did so at the request of Rickey Minor, the pregame show producer. Minor told The Associated Press that he insisted Hudson and Hill, who sang “America the Beautiful” before the anthem, use the tracks the National Football League requires them to submit a week before the game.

    “That’s the right way to do it,” said Minor, who has produced numerous Super Bowl pregame performances and is the music director for “American Idol.” “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”

  112. Thanks Windmills:

    I loved JHuds performance– it almost drove me to tears. At the time, I thought it was live. Oh well. I wonder why she didn’t sing it live. She has such a great voice. I guess you explained it.

  113. Yes. Rickey Minor confirmed it to the Associated Press. Here’s one of the articles about it: ABC News

    They did so at the request of Rickey Minor, the pregame show producer. Minor told The Associated Press that he insisted Hudson and Hill, who sang “America the Beautiful” before the anthem, use the tracks the National Football League requires them to submit a week before the game.

    “That’s the right way to do it,” said Minor, who has produced numerous Super Bowl pregame performances and is the music director for “American Idol.” “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”

    Thx for digging that quote up. You know, if I were a performer, I don’t know what I’d do with direction like that from the producer. On one hand, the producer knows what will sound best in the circumstance; on the other, that producer doesn’t have to stand there and pretend to be singing or say “thank you” a thousand times when people congratulate you on your performance that you know you lip synched.

    Hard situation. Carrie Underwood probably fought some pressure to fake it. Couldn’t respect her more.

  114. I think Carrie did an okay job as well. Much credit to her for doing it acapella.

    Anyway, sure Carrie was pretty pitchy, but I would LOVE to see Taylor Swift sing it, just because it would suck sooo badly (no offense, just being truthful). She was probably up for consideration, too, but they/she knew it couldn’t be pulled off without some major criticism. I mean, look what happened at the Grammys. So, for that reason, I think Carrie was okay.

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  115. Oh my gosh! I thought Carrie did just great! You know, I think unless you really, really butcher the song (Roseanne) or do something particularly magnificent with it (Whitney), no one cares all that much. Except Idol fans.

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  116. I thought Carrie did fine.

    And kudos to her for resisting lip synching!

  117. I applaud Carrie for singing LIVE. yes, that last note did get away from her, but other than that, and her choice of outfit, she did good.

    Queen Latifah, was bad. The Who was worse.

  118. I thought she did a good job. It was emotional and felt real. And a huge kudos to Carrie for having the courage to do it live. I hope whoever is chosen next year follows suit. I would rather hear some nerves from a true live performance than have everything perfect and fake.

  119. Hey Carrie, Minnie Mouse called and she wants her shoes back before Valentines Day.

    Okay, that had me “chuckling”. Is that a word??? Whatever… funny post.

  120. Carrie did fine. She looked beautiful. Who chose “The Who”? Look how many fantastic performers America has? Come on!!! That person ought to be drawn and quartered. Hope the Oscars has good entertainment. Getting bored with the same performers sometimes. Congrats Saints and the great city of New Orleans!!! All the celebs came out in droves!! The local CBS channel here in Miami is naming all that were there. Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Brad Pitt,etc etc. lots of them.

  121. SparklesATL, I really hope you’re joking, because I still don’t get it. Are you serious about the “Who dat? and Hoosiers?” I’d still like those committee members drawn and quartered. Pete Townshend from The Who was interviewed on the local station tonight and said he was disappointed that the crowd didn’t sing along. That’s why he loves British soccer games because the fans sing along. Yeah, right, 50 year old songs we’re supposed to know from a group I didn’t think still existed.:(

  122. I love Carrie as a person even though I don’t like country music and I know she is a great person but I didn’t too much care for this performance. To me she really started a little shaky and sang it a little too fast for me. I don’t want to compare this with Jennifer’s cause they are very different singers but I just didn’t get the emotional charge from Carrie’s performance as I did with Jennifer. I literally got chills and started tearing up when she sang it and for Carrie I didn’t really feel much. Of course no this was not a train wreak cause Carrie is a lovely singer but I just wish I could have felt a little more emotion from it.

  123. I’d still like those committee members drawn and quartered. Pete Townshend from The Who was interviewed on the local station tonight and said he was disappointed that the crowd didn’t sing along. That’s why he loves British soccer games because the fans sing along. Yeah, right, 50 year old songs we’re supposed to know from a group I didn’t think still existed.:(

    WHAT??? You’re kidding, right? Please tell me you’re kidding.

  124. She was fabulous. She almost mucked up a lyric, but she covered well. Can’t blame the girl for being nervous. Live=brave. Awesome job, Carrie.

  125. At the end of the SSB, Carrie looked so happy that it was over, you knew she had been very nervous. :) At least she did it live unlike some people we know of. :) Americans are very easygoing about lipsynching. Not so much in other countries. You remember what happened with Brittney Spears in Australia. Two years ago I was overseas at a huge outdoor music festival and a very famous former Motown singer (diva) was lipsynching and even had the large tv screens around the field turned off (I assume so that people wouldn’t see her lipsynching) and after her 3rd song, the crowd got really hostile and booed her right off the stage. Security had to get her out of there fast. :) So even if Carrie wasn’t perfect, she did well.

  126. I hate the lip synching in general, but SSB isn’t a regular musical performance, IMO. It’s not about the singer or their interpretation or feelings. It ought to be just a reference point to make it easier for ordinary people to sing it, if they are so moved. If not that, then it needs to be spectacularly moving. It’s worse than pointless for it to be a mediochre attempt at a grand gesture: the big-deal notes pull people out of their own song, and the bum notes keep people from being awe inspired. This is one place where making sure of the presentation is justified. To keep it honest: get a great recording and then just play it without the artist standing there. But I’m sure both egos and fanishness wouldn’t like that. If they “finger-synch” Yo-yo Ma et al at the innaugeration (and they did), then anything is game.

  127. “Pete Townshend is still a guitar god at 65.

    I do admit this, because I do like electric guitars, (love Slash and Orianthi) but I felt they were a bit dated and underwhelming being in Miami with all the glitz and celeb stuff this weekend and with such a futuristic stage setting. Just didn’t seem to fit, imho. However one song they sang had been remade to be released as a single to benefit Haiti, so I guess that’s good. Some group is trying to get Metallica or Pearl Jam considered for next year’s SB halftime show.

  128. “That’s the right way to do it,” said Minor, who has produced numerous Super Bowl pregame performances and is the music director for “American Idol.” “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”

    This really makes little sense to me. What kind of “variables” is he talking about? Geez, Minor is the musical director on a show where singers go live every week. J-Hud certainly had proven her ability to go live with no devastating “glitches.” What’s he so worried about? In fact, lip-synching itself can lead to devastating glitches — Ashlee Simpson on SNL being a prime example!

  129. carrie might have looked like a white hot mess, but she sang the hell out of that anthem. such a beautiful voice. i was pleasantly surprised by the halftime show, i actually enjoyed myself.

  130. Wow, Carrie has balls of steel. She wasn’t technically perfect, but she sounded great, and she pulled it off. I loved that she sang it straight, a capella, and LIVE. Love her.

  131. “SparklesATL

    “I definitely agree with those of you who weren’t loving the shoes.”

    “Hey Carrie, Minnie Mouse called and she wants her shoes back before Valentines Day.”

    Disneyworld is not too far up the road from the stadium. Minnie can have them back by morning. Maybe y’all would prefer Cinderella’s glass slippers, minus one? Did Snow White have nice shoes? I must really need some sleep. It’s been fun. G’night.

  132. Reminder:

    Once again: Please keep this thread focused on Carrie Underwood and the Superbowl.

    I edited out one more attempt to hijack the thread.

  133. Great performance..a bit wobbly but still pretty good. Awesome that she did it live!

  134. People can try to down Jennifer and the other artists who may or may not have performed live BUT that doesn’t change the fact that Carrie’s performance was mediocore. Carrie didn’t sound good at all to me..

  135. My first reaction to Carrie’s NA – “Wow, she sounds tense.” Those nerves affect the vocal chords and I could tell. She kind of shouted through it, but I have to say it’s got to be daunting to sing live, acapella in front 100,000 live fans and millions watching on TV. Considering that, she did okay.

    I love Queen Latifah but that was not a good performance.

    Pete Townshend from The Who was interviewed on the local station tonight and said he was disappointed that the crowd didn’t sing along. That’s why he loves British soccer games because the fans sing along. Yeah, right, 50 year old songs we’re supposed to know from a group I didn’t think still existed.:(

    Funny thing about this… we had a bunch of teenagers over for our Super Bowl party. They were singing along. I was actually surprised that they knew those old songs by The Who but I think a couple of the guys are wannabe rockers so they would. I thought the old guys looked and sounded pretty good considering they’re all geriatric at this point. The years haven’t been so kind to some of their peers. Still, what is it about British rock bands at the essentially American event? They couldn’t find any American musical icons to sing this year?

  136. Carrie Underwood showed Taylor Swift how it is done.

    On another note, I was rooting for the Colts. Colt fan till I die. New Orleans aren’t the only one that have hurricanes. Pensacola, Fl haven’t been right since Hurricane Ivan. Hurricane Katrina happen when I was in the 9th grade, I’m in my first year of college know.

  137. By the way Carrie blogged to say she had a great time yesterday and to thank her fans. She said she listened back to the anthem and she thinks it sounded better in her head. She also said she now understands why people prerecord the anthem. But she ended the blog saying she’ll get em next time.

    Weirdly enough Carrie did NOT say that the lack of technical perfection makes her the best emotional singer and the voice of her generation ;)

    For serious: good for her for having a good attitude about her performance. No excuses either and except for the last note none were needed anyway. I like that she’s one of those artists who’s a proud professional with high standards for herself. The media reviews have been good so I hope she sees them.

  138. AWESOME…GAVE ME GOOSE BUMPS!!! Was it perfect, hell no, but as Adams says “it’s okay…” She nailed it. She has guts that girl and talent to boot. LOVE it that she did it live, proud of her for that and actually…thank you Carrie for that. It’s our Anthem for God’s sake, it shouldn’t be lip synced! Great Job!!!!!!

  139. Empty and shouting for me but always must be live when someone is standing there in front of you. How can anyone accept anything else? Nevertheless, a good statement about her ability to still sound ok and stay relatively on pitch in the wake of the Taylor Swift label bashing American Idol. Autotune is the death of music. It salvages and creates stars out of mediocre singers and sabotages good singers who simply sound real. Then again, today’s entire society is airbrushed in every respect.

  140. Great performance. Vocal perfection? Of course not. Give her props for having the balls to go out there and sing it live and unaccompanied. It’s about f*cking time somebody did that.

  141. This was not a perfect performance but who can sing this song live and sound perfect? An opera singer? I give her kudos for singing live which is the way it should be and she put a lot of passion into her performance which counts for alot.

  142. I really like Carrie’s performance. Her Elvis-type jumpsuit on the other hand, not so much.

  143. I thought Carrie did a fantastic job and looked great. She didn’t look tense to me at all. When her singing ended, it looked to me like she was in such awe to be part of something so spectacular – she loved watching the planes fly overhead.

    Pete Townshend from The Who was interviewed on the local station tonight and said he was disappointed that the crowd didn’t sing along. That’s why he loves British soccer games because the fans sing along. Yeah, right, 50 year old songs we’re supposed to know from a group I didn’t think still existed.:(

    I would like to hear from someone in attendance, because I actually commented to my husband how great it was that the audience was singing along! I could hear it loud and clear, although we do have a pretty good surround sound system in our family room and had the volume pretty high for The Who’s performance. :-) I’m not sure Pete would be able to see or hear the audience with the fire works and light display, on top of the loud music!

    As for how younger folks could know older songs, I think the answer is “Rock Band.” There are many older, classic bands featured on that game, which is extremely popular with pre-teen and teenage kids.

  144. Who chose “The Who”?

    It went with the theme. Saints = “Who dat” and Colts = “Hoosers”

    Nah, I don’t buy that. They had to have booked the Who for the gig long before knowing who would win the AFC and NFC championships.

  145. I think Carrie did really well considering that 106 million people were watching this in the USA alone, according to the ratings that were released today. lol

    She was fearless and sang it live, true, and acapella, the way it was meant to be sung. I also give props to the Queen for going live, though her performance was a bit off.

    Carrie did not give a technically perfect performance, but it was still very strong and powerful. Other then the last note which was sort of flat, she was on key the whole performance. Her rehearsal was a little better, but that was because it wasn’t before 106 million people. lol

    I am so glad that Carrie did not lip sync because Carrie is not used to lip syncing and she might have botched it. Imagine another Ashlee Simpson situation! that could have killed Carrie’s career right there.

    Better to sing live and deliver one flat note, then lip sync and mess that up, killing your career ala Ashlee simpson.

  146. I don’t know why Taylor Swift gets brought into this. She never claimed to be a great vocalist. She wouldn’t attempt to sing the NA because that’s not her forte. She won the grammy for album of the year, not vocalist of the year. Carrie’s got great vocals, Taylor doesn’t. Nobody claims otherwise, and they are different artists. Taylor’s a songwriter who designs her own tours at the tender age of 19, I guess she’s 20 now.

    This past year Taylor had a great cd and a great year, in previous years that honor was Carrie’s and she won everything. They’re both excellent, don’t see why it’s necessary to use them against each other.

  147. I don’t know why Taylor Swift gets brought into this. She never claimed to be a great vocalist. She wouldn’t attempt to sing the NA because that’s not her forte. She won the grammy for album of the year, not vocalist of the year. Carrie’s got great vocals, Taylor doesn’t. Nobody claims otherwise, and they are different artists. Taylor’s a songwriter who designs her own tours at the tender age of 19, I guess she’s 20 now.

    Taylor was brought into this because of Scott Borchetta’s comments about AI singers.

    And actually, Taylor did win a vocal award at Grammys. Country vocal performance.

  148. You guys have to be joking right?

    That performance was awesome. One of the best National Anthems I have heard in a very long time. You guys are saying that last note is “wobbly”?

    What the hell does that even mean? She nails the note.. holds it.. and at the end does vibrato. What is wrong with that?

    Quit being minions of Simon..

  149. Taylor was brought into this because of Scott Borchetta’s comments about AI singers.

    Well okay but that’s a stretch (to me) since it had nothing to do with the National Anthem. But his comments were regrettable and will continue to have backlash, for sure.

    And actually, Taylor did win a vocal award at Grammys. Country vocal performance.

    I’m aware of that, however it wasn’t overall best vocalist and I don’t think it was an issue, people were saying in some places that she didn’t deserve the “record of the year” grammy and that’s where the issue was iirc.

  150. like you could do any better. i bet if you sang it live like that, you can’t hear yourself sing over the crowd and all the drums.

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