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Some people sent me texts saying J-Hud's performance had to of been live. No, it wasn't (seems like folks argue this every year), Rickey Minor, the music director, told the Associated Press:
"Although entertainers can perform live, Minor insisted that Hudson and Faith Hill, who sang 'America the Beautiful' before the national anthem, use the tracks the NFL requires them to submit a week before the game.
'That's the right way to do it,' Minor said. 'There's too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.'"
Too many variables -- does the NFL think singing the national anthem is the biggest musical event of the year? If folks can sing live at the Oscars or the Grammys they should be able to take it at the Superbowl.
Does it take away "the magic" for anyone else that these Superbowl performances are never live? Every year people rave how great the artist was, but... it wasn't live singing.
I remember Whitney's version, she was sweating the Atlantic Ocean, going through it and reverberating for over two minutes -- then word got out performances at the Superbowl are never live. That was probably the first time the public really understood these performances are to a pre-recorded track.