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Reba McEntire's national anthem at the Super Bowl made us miss Whitney Houston on the 12th anniversary of her death

Reba McEntire's national anthem at the Super Bowl made us miss Whitney Houston on the 12th anniversary of her death

Chuck Arnold

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There are many times when I – like many others around the world – miss Whitney Houston.

Every time I hear someone on American Idol or The Voice try the impossible by singing one of her songs.

Every time I hear “I wanna Dance With Somebody” In a bar or club and watching generations of women and men – gay and straight alike – singing and singing at the top of their lungs.

And all the Grammys since I was there in Los Angeles that weekend when she shockingly passed away — at the age of 48 — the day before music's biggest night on February 11, 2012.

But I probably miss Houston more than ever when someone steps up to the microphone to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. Because no one has ever owned the national anthem and transformed it the way Whitney did when she sang it on February 12, 1991.

On Sunday night — before the Kansas City Chiefs took on the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas — it was Reba McEntire who had the daunting task of measuring up to Houston's monumental memory on the 12th anniversary of her death.

American singer Reba McEntire performs the national anthem during pre-game ceremonies at the start of Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on February 11, 2024. The NFL's annual championship game American football between the AFC champion and the NFC champion and has been held every year since 1967.
Reba McEntire performs the national anthem during pre-game ceremonies at the start of Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, February 11, 2024. John J. Mapanglo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

And while the 68-year-old country star did an adequate job — more wholesome than special — there was nothing transcendent about the day when you'd hope there might be some heavenly inspiration from Houston herself.

In fact, there have been others — from Luther Vandross (1997) and Mariah Carey (2002) to Beyoncé (2004) and Lady Gaga (2016) — who have made Houstonians prouder since 1991.

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But today, of all days, we wanted more than what Reba had to offer.

Whitney Houston sings the national anthem before the New York Giants' game against the Buffalo Bills before Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991 in Tampa, Florida.
Whitney Houston sings the national anthem before the New York Giants' game against the Buffalo Bills before Super Bowl XXV at Tampa Stadium on January 27, 1991 in Tampa, Florida. Getty Images

At least it was better than Post Malone, whose “America the Beautiful” might have made Houston roll in her grave. Let's just say the guy isn't about to win any singing competitions.

But “Rise Up” singer Andra Day — though she doesn't have any of the vaunted vocal power of Whitney's heyday (who does?) — channeled some of the gospel and jazz vibes of Houston's national anthem for the ages when she sang “Lift Every Voice” and Sing. “

On this night – in memory of the greatest voice of all time – that should be enough.

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