Ariana Grande Stuns With National Anthem Performance At NFL Kickoff

Thu, September 4, 2014 8:49pm EDT by 27 Comments 58,114 Article Views

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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Posted at 11:28 PM on September 5, 2014  

The national anthem is not an R&B song. She should have sung it as it was written instead of trying to sound like she’s black.

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Posted at 10:04 PM on September 5, 2014  

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Posted at 4:59 PM on September 5, 2014  

It was on of the best anthem performances since long.

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Posted at 1:48 AM on September 5, 2014  

She needs improve her breath control and she will be great

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Posted at 11:30 PM on September 4, 2014  

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Arianator

Posted at 10:44 PM on September 4, 2014  

She did great. All I gotta say is that her vocals are really good, and I don’t think she did exessive breathing. She has to catch her breath when going that high.

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chachi Gonzales

Posted at 10:43 PM on September 4, 2014  

Was she not suppose to breath or wtf? I think she did amazing. She has an amazing voice and who ever thinks otherwise, does not know real talent.

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Posted at 7:55 AM on September 5, 2014  

ariana grande is the best among the best i know she has a higher voice like mariacarey>>>

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Ninasky Antonioli

Posted at 10:04 PM on September 4, 2014  

This midget sang but it was not all that. Average singer, needs to learn how to breath while singing, it’s like she is out of breath. You don’t hear real singers like Adele and Whitney struggle while singing. Seriously this midget is more hype than talent. smh

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Posted at 11:30 AM on September 13, 2014  

I agree!

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JJ

Posted at 9:38 PM on September 4, 2014  

Her hair was definitely NOT on point. Her extension where showing and not in a good way. So bad. Couldn’t focus on her performance because of it.

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lovelikewhitney

Posted at 9:36 PM on September 5, 2014  

I’m just ticked that she’s wearing a Seahawks jersey. Get out of here. She’s so annoying -_-“

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Chachi

Posted at 9:56 PM on September 5, 2014  

If you comment something negative about Ariana or anybody in particular, you’re obvious jealous about something, other wise you wouldn’t waist your time hating. So please get out of here with that jealousy ✋

 
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Posted at 9:26 PM on September 4, 2014  

Uhhh … she killed it alright.

SHE SCREWED UP THE WORDS!

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Posted at 9:36 PM on September 4, 2014  

Which part?

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Alissandra

Posted at 9:11 PM on September 4, 2014  

You’re kidding me, right? She sounded horrendous…Wasn’t in tune, took breathes in the middle of every single phrase (if she even knows what ‘phrasing’ is…). Leave it to people who know nothing about musicianship to praise someone butchering our country’s national anthem.

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Tae

Posted at 9:13 PM on September 4, 2014  

Through all the breathes she still sounded great. Voice was strong where it needed to be and soft where it needed to be! People find the littles things to hate on! If it ain’t one thing it’s another! And That’s SAD

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Alissandra

Posted at 9:18 PM on September 4, 2014  

Non-musician says “phrasing” (aka the thing that makes music, music) is a “little thing.” HIlarious. Loud and soft does not mean she did a decent job.

 
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Dominick Allen

Posted at 9:17 PM on September 4, 2014  

So shes not supposed to breathe? She did VERY well…hitting those high notes and not messing up the lyrics. She went from high head voice to chest voice with ease. You’re talking about people who don’t know music…check yourself because you’re the ignorant one. This site is full of you little nit picking haters that will bash any celeb who isn’t your favorite any chance they get and you’re one of them. Take a seat.

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Posted at 9:19 PM on September 4, 2014  

3 degrees in music, honey. Sit down.

 
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Posted at 9:21 PM on September 4, 2014  

Yeah, it really shows…*sarcasm

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Tae

Posted at 9:25 PM on September 4, 2014  

I was referring to your breathing comment, but clearly you don’t understand! Instead of taking music you should have been taking Comprehension! But let’s see you and your 3 music degrees upload a cover of you singing a National Anthem. And share the link and see how you do…. I’ll be waiting

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Posted at 7:20 AM on September 5, 2014  

Well, if you’re sooooo good at this, then why don’t you do it? Lol.

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