The Star-Spangled Banner has been sung prior to sporting events millions of times, sometimes off-key or missing a lyric or two, but there has never been a rendition like the one at the 2012 Sugar Bowl.
A group named ‘Six Appeal’ mixed in a hip-hop tone with standard a cappella to vocalize the song.
Feedback wasn’t ardently for nor against, and it definitely wasn’t overwhelming from both combined. One of the most unusual of renditions, to one of the most traditional of songs casually saw much too little acclaim, both good and bad, for their performance.
The Louisville Cardinals followed the presentation by beating the Florida Gators in the game 33-23.
This is not the first adaptation, or slight variation.
The first of recollection was Jose Feliciano in 1968. His version was ridiculed and his career was eventually destroyed because of it. The most famous account may be by Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. Others like Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin also have distinctive interpretations.