The chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School, nearly two months removed from a deadly shooting rampage, joined Jennifer Hudson, who donned a Monika Chiang leather bodysuit with a L’Wren Scott pencil skirt, to deliver a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” on Sunday that had some players on the sideline and countless fans in the stands on the verge of tears. source
Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American recording artist, actress and spokesperson She came to prominence in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, coming in seventh place. She made her film debut in Dreamgirls (2006), which won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
She won a Grammy Award for her eponymous debut album, Jennifer Hudson, which was released in 2008 on Arista Records and was certified gold by the RIAA for selling over 800,000 copies in the US; sales exceeded 1 million copies worldwide. Additionally, it spawned the hit single “Spotlight”. Her second album, I Remember Me, was released in March 2011, and reached number two on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in its first week of release. The album was certified gold by the RIAA, for shipping over 500,000 copies in the US.
In late 2008, after Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were killed in a shooting, Hudson stepped out of the limelight for three months. Hudson resumed her public appearances in 2009, and has since performed at the Super Bowl XLIII, the Grammy Awards, American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Hudson has been described as a friend of President Barack Obama, who invited her to appear with him at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills in May 2009. She also performed at the White House at the “Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement” event. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano. Hudson has sold 1,280,000 albums and 2,237,000 tracks in the United States as of February 2012. Read More at Wikipedia
Seated at her piano on a stage shaped like the NFL logo, Keys performed a slowed-down version of the anthem to fit her style, clocking in at 156 seconds, breaking the previous record of Natalie Cole‘s 1994 performance (152 seconds). source
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and the Global Creative Director for BlackBerry. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and thenArista Records. Keys’ debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist andSong of the Year for “Fallin’“. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994.
Keys made guest appearances on several television series in the following years, beginning with Charmed. She made her film debut in Smokin’ Aces and went on to appear in The Nanny Diaries in 2007. Her third studio album, As I Am, was released in the same year and sold five million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy Awards. The following year, she appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys’ first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom. She released her fifth album, Girl on Fire, in November 2012, which became Keys’ fifth chart-topping album in the United States.
Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards and has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Billboardmagazine named her the top R&B songs artist of the 2000s decade. In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Billboard magazine placed her number ten on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. BlackBerry (formerly RIM) named her as its Global Creative Director at the Blackberry 10 Experience event in New York City on January 30, 2013. Keys then opened Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 3, 2013 by the singing the U.S. National Anthem. Read More at Wikipedia
The rumors turned out to be true. Beyoncé did, indeed, reunite Destiny’s Child during the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show in New Orleans on Sunday.
Mostly, however, the 31-year-old entertainer used the showcase to illustrate all the reasons why she left the band in the first place.
Beyoncé shimmered with pure star power throughout the show, delivering the kind of charisma and stage presence that Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Madonna and other dance-pop icons only wish they could summon.
It all looked so easy for Beyoncé, despite the fact that she was pretty much in constant motion throughout the show, dancing and singing with passion and style in front of a packed Superdome crowd and a TV audience of megamillions.
And, yes, she was definitely singing — live. There will be no lip-syncing controversy after this Super Bowl performance, unlike Beyonce’s appearance at the presidential inauguration.
She opened the show with an abbreviated version of her great 2003 single “Crazy in Love,” moving quickly into a satisfying snippet of “End of Time” (from her fourth studio album, 2011’s “4”). Then Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland appeared in a flash and the Destiny’s Child reunion was on.
The trio reached into its back catalog for the smash “Independent Women Part I” and then veered into Beyoncé’s solo songbook for the hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” Then the brief reunion was over, as Beyoncé closed the show with her own power ballad “Halo” (from 2008’s “I Am … Sasha Fierce”).
The lone disappointment of the show was that Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, didn’t join the festivities for “Crazy in Love.” That would have indeed been “Crazy.”
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter(pron.: // bee-yon-say; born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Knowles enrolled in performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. During the hiatus of Destiny’s Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—”Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy“—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her fiveGrammy Awards. Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day (2006), which spawned the top five singles “Déjà Vu“, “Irreplaceable” and “Beautiful Liar“. Her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), contained the hit singles “If I Were a Boy“, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)“, “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams“. The album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Her fourth solo album, 4 (2011), became her fourth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist.
Knowles’ work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards, 12 MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (with Destiny’s Child). As a solo artist, Knowles has sold over 13 million albums in the United States and over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the fourth Artist of the Decade. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also recognized Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s. Following year, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the “100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World”. She also appeared on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and was ranked third on their “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012.
Apart from her work in music, Knowles has also ventured into acting, designing clothes and endorsing various perfumes. Her performance inDreamgirls eventually earned her two Golden Globe nominations. Knowles introduced her family’s fashion line House of Deréon in 2005, and has endorsed such brands as L’Oréal, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Nintendo and Vizio. In April 2008, Knowles married rapper Jay-Z. She gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.Read More at Wikipedia