Ariana Grande Stuns With National Anthem Performance At NFL Kickoff

Thu, September 4, 2014 8:49pm EDT by 27 Comments

Ariana Grande performed the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ for the crowd at the CenturyLink stadium in Seattle for the NFL kickoff, and she totally killed it. Watch!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not back-to-school season, but football season! The first NFL game of the season on Sept. 4 at the CenturyLink Stadium in Seattle, Washington, was made all the more exciting by Ariana Grande‘s stellar performance of the U.S. national anthem. Check it out!

Ariana Grande’s NFL Kickoff: Her Performance Of National Anthem

Given that 21-year-old Ariana is one of the hottest popstars on the planet right now (or, to quote brother Frankie Grande, a “mega, me-ga popstar“), it’s only fitting that she kicked off the game between defending champions Seattle Seahawks versus the Green Bay Packers.

For her performance, Ariana wore a Seahawks jersey and a pair of tight blue jeans — definitely a departure from her usual ’70s-inspired go-go outfits! She stuck to her omnipresent hair look, however, opting to pull her long, thick extensions into a half-ponytail. Also present was her signature beauty look — a simple black liquid line, long lashes, nude lips, and strong brows.

Performing the U.S. national anthem poorly tends to follow celebs for a while (looking at you, Christina Aguilera), so we’re glad that Ariana did the event justice without embarrassing herself in the process!

She honestly sounded incredible — even if the lyrics may have been a little hard to decipher, as seems to be her trademark — and we could listen to that girl sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” all day.

After her performance, Ariana had this hilarious exchange with the official Seattle Seahawks Twitter, who had mixed up the lyrics to the national anthem (poor form, Seahawks social media, poor form!):

Hilar.

Ariana Grande Alleged Victim Of ‘The Fappening’

Ariana’s career as a singer was recently overshadowed by “The Fappening” — the massive photo hack which leaked a number of nude photos, purportedly of celebs, to 4chan. However, both Ariana and her reps have denied that the photos are of her.

She alluded to the fake photos when she Instagrammed about performing at the NFL kickoff, writing, “grande yet she so petite,” on a photo collage of her booty.

As far as her personal life, Ariana is currently rumored to be dating frequent collaborator Big Sean, 26. While neither have confirmed their romance, they were spotted holding hands backstage at the VMAs, and about her love life, Ariana demurred to Zach Sang & The Gang on Sept. 2 that “everything is beautiful.” We see you, girl. We see you.

Anyway, HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Ariana’s performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner?” Let us know.

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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