Last night, the bizarre ritual of loading a simple football game with world-stopping import and millions of dollars worth of advertising occurred, a little something we like to call the Super Bowl.  The Giants won, Madonna rose from the grave and danced, M.I.A. flipped off the world and cursed, and the New England Patriots went home empty handed once again.  And, before all that happened and went down, the ceremonies began, as they always do, with the National Anthem.  Performed by former American Idol contestant Kelly Clarkson, and unlike the bloodcurdling recent version by Steven Tyler, this National Anthem went off without a hitch.

What did you think of that?  Not bad, right?

Before the performance, Clarkson spoke to fans on WhoSay, stating that she had “just finished rehearsing the anthem in Indy … wow, I’m actually really nervous about singing at the Super Bowl ha!”  She also stated that she would be keeping her fingers crossed: “Here’s hoping I nail it and don’t screw it up!”

If you’ll recall, last year featured a version of the National Anthem by Christina Aguilera that was an absolute train wreck.

After the performance, Clarkson wrote:

“Guess what ….I’ve never been more nervous in my life than singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl tonight ….wow that was almost not fun I was so nervous! Fun night overall though! Thank you everybody for all of the nice things you’re saying about my performance! I really appreciate it :)

So, for once, the National Anthem went off without a hitch and didn’t induce any cringes.  Not bad.

What do you think of Clarkson’s performance?

Source:  CBS News