'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Singers Set To Sing National Anthem At 2014 Rose Bowl

20 feet from stardomMerry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love, the backup singers who get the spotlight in RADiUS-TWC‘s Oscar documentary 20 Feet From Stardom, will sing the National Anthem at the 100th Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day 2014. The special performance during the Stanford-Michigan State game marks the first time in a century that one of the Rose Bowl participants’ band is not performing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” That’s about the flashiest PR stunt conceivable for this year’s heated Oscar docu race, and shrewd timing – nominations voting ends just a week later on January 8.

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  1. Cool! Also, 2014 marks the bicentenary of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” not only as the national anthem of the United States of America, but also as a poem. Yes, there are other national anthems of the world that are based on poems, including the “Hymn to Liberty,” the national anthem of both Greece and Cyprus.

  2. I predict that it will be the most thrilling rendition of the anthem since Whitney Houston’s…those women can sing!!!

    1. WRONG! In no way can you compare this disasterous rendition of the National Anthem to Whitney Houston’s. If smell could come out of ones television, I would have had to leave the room. Good comment. Pure DISTRUCTION. NO…20 feet from stardom should be called 20 feet in the ditch.

  3. Now I know why they are back-up singers. They were terrible..off key, and why do any singers make the song all about them? Sing the song as it is written!!!

  4. Well, I just had the unfortunate experience of hearing their destruction of the anthem. Stick to background singing please.

  5. If vocal gymnastics and over singing merit accolades, then the National Anthem is doomed. Terrible. If you want to place runs where runs don’t belong, warble and wobble your way through, and make the song sound like you’re all competing for worst rendition ever, the “Twenty Feet From Stardom” wins. That was awful.

  6. Bring back the band. Ladies were off key and I couldn’t recognize the melody. Please sing our National Anthem as it was written – it is a beautiful song.

  7. I just listened to this year’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. I have heard some not so good ones but this was the worse ever. Nobody was in tune and to think this was heard around the world!!! What were you thinking? Hopefully it will be good next year!

  8. Too bad they had to give our National Anthem and blues “touch”.

    If they don’t want to sing it AS WRITTEN they should NOT sing the Anthem! To do so is rude and ignorant.

  9. It was horrible. Totally ruined the whole beginning of the show. They were off key at best. 20 Miles from Stardom is more like it.

  10. Horrible – Horrible – Horrible
    Had to change the channel and wait.
    Doesn’t the Rose Bowl listen to these people before putting them out there?

  11. This is our National Anthem and should be sang with respect. This “performance” was unacceptable!

  12. I couldn’t believe how awful that sounded. My teenage girls and their friend sing the NA sooo much better. You be the judge. Type in Spoken For National Anthem in YouTube to hear them.

  13. It was the most Gawd awful rendition I have EVER heard. Terrible. Worse than Rosesnn Barr. Off key and all those runs…my son thought a goat was being sacrificed.

  14. I usually don’t like performers to sing the Star-Spangled Banner any other way than how it was written, but I thought the ladies from “20 Feet From Stardom” were fantastic! The harmony gave me goosebumps! Wow!

  15. Sing the National the way it was written and intended!!!!
    People think it was intended for their interpretation. tonight’s rendition was embarrassing and the promoters who approved it should be drawn and quartered. These gals couldn’t hold a candle to Whitney Houston. Wing it like it was written. I am totally embarrassed !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Who gave ‘Pop Star’ wannabees the license to murder the National Anthem? They were off key, not even close to the melody (on purpose, I’m sure), no rhythm and about 10 time the number of notes than the song actually has. The National Anthem is supposed to be a time of respect, hands over hearts, and NO CHEERING FROM THE CROWD when some bimbo belts out a note overladen with vibrato. Even though is 3/4 time it was meant to be a march tempo. Stand up and be proud to be an American and quit using the National Anthem as a stage to show off dubious singing and arranging talents!

  17. This was the worst rendition of the Star Spangled Banner I have ever heard, and as I am rather long in the tooth I have heard it sung MANY times. I think the person/persons who were responsible for this group’s appearance at the Rose Bowl should have their names published nationally, so everyone will know how absolutely stupid they are. Before being selected to sing the National Anthem at an important event on national television, they should have to “audition” to make sure they version is suitable.

    A high school glee club would have been far superior to this motley crew!

  18. What a complete abomination of our national anthem! They were so off key they made my ears bleed!

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