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Queen Latifah, Renee Fleming Nail It At Super Bowl

The NFL ensured there would be no mistakes during its pregame entertainment segments long ago when they chose rapper and singer Queen Latifah and the opera star Renee Fleming to ha... More The NFL ensured there would be no mistakes during its pregame entertainment segments long ago when they chose rapper and singer Queen Latifah and the opera star Renee Fleming to handle "America the Beautiful" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" respectively. Both women are accomplished performers and handled the pitfall-ridden material with relative ease in stirring performances that brought cheers from the crowd. Play by play announcer Joe Buck asked "Have you ever heard it sung any better," as fans cheered wildly after Fleming's 2-minute rendition of the national anthem. Latifah, dressed sedately in a knee-length blue parka and a white turtleneck, shared her performance with the New Jersey Youth Chorus, often swirling her voice together with the singers rather than taking a more forceful lead role. Less

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