Jennifer Hudson pwned the National Anthem

February 2nd, 2009 // 99 Comments

If I may take off my jokester hat for a minute, as someone who watched the tragedy surrounding Jennifer Hudson pour across my daily tabloid reads I couldn’t help but feel inspired by her performance of the National Anthem last night. I never really pay attention to who’s singing and generally curse them for interrupting my precious beer commercials. (What if they have bikinis in them?!) But this time I listened and felt enriched for it.

The Superficial thanks you, Jennifer Hudson. Don’t stop singing.

Now back to your regularly scheduled chicanery….

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  1. charles

    One of the greatest lip-synching performances of our time. I cried a pre-arranged tear when I heard her sing.

  2. ny*ny

    first hehe

  3. testing

    for sure she kicked ass last night

  4. Rachel

    She really did a fantastic job.

    You go Jennifer Hudson.

  5. Lindsay

    Well done!

  6. Crabby

    Yo Yo Ma and that Jewish guy also faked their performances moments before Obama got sworn in.

    We live in a world of liars.

  7. Crusty

    Exactly.. Faith Hill lip-synched – so did Jennifer Hudson. To be fair, that decision was made by the NFL, not the almost singer.

  8. Jim

    Finally- some positive praises where they are do- lip-sync or not, who cares- she pulled out one amazing performance last night and what a way to get back in to the swing of things.

  9. Jim

    Finally- some positive praises where they are do- lip-sync or not, who cares- she pulled out one amazing performance last night and what a way to get back in to the swing of things.

  10. mayor mcdougal

    8-

    Actually, she pulled out an amazing performance a few days ago. Last night, the audio guy pulled out the amazing performance and hit the *Play* button.

  11. Area Man

    Meh…

    The National Anthem is one of those songs that I like to hear performed straight. There’s no need to add your personal touch to it. It doesn’t need to be all jazzed up, or countried up, or rocked up, or souled up, or gospled up.

    Just sing the notes as written – no extra glitz from the performer is needed – then take a bow and get off the stage.

  12. mimi

    I guess the Fish has too much wax in her ears. You must be kidding? That schmuck sings as well as a hyeana.

  13. Jeff W.

    Meh, what’s the point if you’re just going to lip synch? Why bother to bring her there when they could just play her performance. I never understand the point of lip synching. I mean, isn’t the whole idea that she’s an amazing singer and therefore she was given the honor of singing the anthem? Hell, I’ll sing the anthem if I can just lip synch to it. I reiterate my “meh”.

  14. Doc Holiday

    I could have done just as good of a performance if I had lip synced to her recording too!

  15. Geoff

    Area Man I have to agree with you. Her rendition sounded like a hooker moaning to get paid more rather than a respectful performance of our national anthem. Faking the national anthem brings shame to its words and out nation.

  16. Geoff

    Area Man I have to agree with you. Her rendition sounded like a hooker moaning to get paid more rather than a respectful performance of our national anthem. Faking the national anthem brings shame to its words and our nation.

  17. West Door

    It was beautiful and I hope that it gets her at a place where she feels like preforming more. BTW, I didn’t see anything pre-recorded about it, and I would’ve loved to have seen LESS of Bruce’s crotch-slide into the camera. Side by side, Jennifer was perfection.

  18. ManiacFive

    I’m always envious when i hear the US anthem, or Canadian, both songs celebrating the relevant country that you can put some gutso into. Try putting any gutso into God Save The Queen, Its a dirge, celebrating only one person, not the country. miserable in comparison.

  19. JMonster

    I have a feeling some of you are mad she pulled this off. NFL has specific rules regarding Superbowl performances. Mariah, Whitney, Aretha, Beyonce, Carrie, Jordin, Jewel, Cher and pretty much everyone post-Roseanne Barr has lip synched it. She did a phenomenal job. Shut up haters!

  20. Binky

    What a powerful voice she has !

  21. Michael

    Yeah…great lip-syncing performance. Gimmie a break!

  22. Jrz

    Normally I’d agree with Area Man that the anthem isn’t a cover song, but shit……she was truly fucking awesome. GOD! I hope that jerk off who killed her family was getting butt-flogged while he was being made to watch it.

  23. Even if it was pre-recorded and lipsynced it was still her voice, and she was obviously singing along even if you didn’t hear her live. She sounded amazing and looked amazing and it was….wonderfull.

  24. Even if it was pre-recorded and lipsynced it was still her voice, and she was obviously singing along even if you didn’t hear her live. She sounded amazing and looked amazing and it was….wonderfull.

  25. Bee

    She was amazing. She lip syhched over her own live voice recording from earlier at a rehearsal so its not like she lied. They don’t allow live singing during the game thanks to Roseanne Bar.

  26. christine

    Nice typo in the headline. I thought you meant “pawned”

  27. joann@solutionproperty.com

    You got Jennifer keep up the good work…..

  28. joann@solutionproperty.com

    You got Jennifer keep up the good work…..

  29. havoc

    I agree. Sing it straight. It’s not a gospel song.

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  30. Jrz

    um, christine, he meant to say pwned. You are teh gay.

  31. atotalcad

    The NFL just doesn’t want a Robert Goulet moment where the singer forgets the lyrics.

  32. Kristy Swnoion (Swee-ya-on)

    Pwned= owned…where have you been? J. Hud is super strong, if I was in her case I’d probably kill myself…I mean really, life without my mom or my siblings–just too crazy to even think about.

  33. Bee

    29. OMG some of you are so freaking retarded. She sang it with feeling, it doesn’t sound like a gospel song. If you want a boring solo sing it yourself and shut the fuck up!

  34. Frankly Speaking

    Frankly, I thought it was spectacular

  35. Freddo

    What the hell is wrong with this writer. You wouldn’t be praising her if her family hadn’t been butchered. You’re an ass-sucking wanker.

  36. Jesse

    Singing from the soul, lethal domestic violence, sustained over-eating: Jennifer Hudson’s life is a classic black American story.

  37. Cindy

    Her nephew thinks this version of the National Anthem with be on charts this week, in the top 20…with a bullet.

  38. duh

    “The National Anthem is one of those songs that I like to hear performed straight. There’s no need to add your personal touch to it. It doesn’t need to be all jazzed up, or countried up, or rocked up, or souled up, or gospled up.

    Just sing the notes as written – no extra glitz from the performer is needed – then take a bow and get off the stage.”

    It’s a fucking barroom drinking song. It’s meant to be sung 100 different ways, depending on which collection of drunks is singing it. Your comment is merely empty-head patriotism.

  39. wow #36

    my faith in humanity would be further regained if you dropped dead. i’d also laugh and laugh. you are useless.

    the version was absolutely brilliant. the best that i’ve ever heard at a game.

  40. Dar

    I thought she did a spectacular job–I don’t care if the performance was live or lip-synched as long as it was her voice to begin with.

    Like “Area Man”, I’m also sick of singers who have to throw in their trills and exaggerations from beginning to end and generally turn the song from a national anthem to a “look at what I can do” self-indulgent display. However, I didn’t feel Jennifer did any of that–she sang the song respectfully and true and gave it a strong finish. Perfect.

  41. You go girl!! What a great example JH truly is :).

  42. Hey #37...

    Whatever the fuck it is you’re trying to say, which I’m assuming is supposed to be a joke at the expense of a murdered child, is ridiculously incoherent….you low-class fuck.

  43. effyeray

    Fat girl fake sings…. badly

  44. Lyn

    Pathetic to pretend to sing no matter who you are.

  45. Andy

    She’s America’s Nutrasweetie.

  46. pete

    It’s impressive that she could do this so soon after her nephew went to the big KFC in the sky.

  47. Winston

    She was planning to wait to sing the National Anthem on opening day for the Cubs, but her psychiatrist thought she might start convulsing when the umpire yelled “Ball Four!”

  48. Wendy

    I see she’s still on the Jessica Simpson diet.

  49. Pinkgrapefruit

    Why all the sycophany about someone lip-synching? She came, she saw, she pretended. Big deal.

  50. 10pound

    She looks like a shit I took this morning

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