Staff Q&A: Which singer should have a permanent gig of singing the national anthem at sporting events?

January 31, 2012

If resurrecting Jimi Hendrix proves impossible, I'm going with the Dixie Chicks, who taught America that criticizing the president and singing a truly beautiful version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" are not mutually exclusive acts.

Luke Broadwater, reporter, The Baltimore Sun

This singing business is overrated. I vote for an instrumental version — blues, say, or, better yet, surf-rock. Maybe Los Straitjackets? (With or without wrestling masks.)

Anne Tallent, editor, b

Here's my short-term memory kicking in: Kristin Chenoweth, who performed at the NFC Championship with the right balance of flair and traditionalism.

Wesley Case, reporter, b

Adele. She's a big football fan, right?

Jordan Bartel, assistant editor, b

Jennifer Hudson. She can flat-out sing. (Or a younger, healthier Whitney Houston.)

John-John Williams IV, reporter, The Baltimore Sun

Kim Kardashian … because it will be entertaining if nothing else.

Mick Lee, Z104.3

Call me a cheeseball, but I'm a big fan of sing-alongs. Forget the diva and just let the attendees belt out "For the laa-and of the freeeeee!!!"

Olivia Hubert-Allen, community manager, The Baltimore Sun

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