By Lukas Weese, Special to Yahoo Sports | Before Super Bowl XXV kicked off in front of 73,813 people on Jan. 27, 1991, Whitney Houston sang one of the most memorable renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This is the story of how Houston’s performance came together amid Super Bowl hype 30 years ago in Tampa, Florida, as told by those who were part of the production, select players and coaches and those who witnessed it as football fans.
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Ricky Minor: It wasn’t about the arrangement. It was about giving Whitney the space where she could soar. Something that she could spring on and really fit into and be able to really sing from a deeper place than, “This is another gig.”
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Remembering Whitney Houston’s National Anthem
Watch For A Limited Time Only: “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason looks back at Whitney Houston’s now-famous rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXV, how the performance came together and why the NFL tried to make last-minute changes. Available online only through February 5, 2021. Air Date: Feb 3, 2021
Video of Whitney performing the Star Spangled Banner