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Not even the flu could keep Grammy Award winning singer – and lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan – Pink from delivering one seriously majestic rendition of the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl LII.
The 38-year-old singer/songwriter came down with the flu late in the week, struggling through rehearsals on Thursday and Friday night’s pre-Super Bowl concert at Nomadic Live at the Armory in Minneapolis, at one point stopping her band during her chart topping hit “Beautiful Trauma” to apologize and say, “I can’t do it.”
“I hate this,” she said. “I can’t do that song. I’m sorry.”
If Pink was still sick at the time of her riveting performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” just before kickoff, we’d never know it; an equal brew of raw power and quiet grace, Pink was an absolute force to be reckoned with as she soared her way through the national anthem, smashing it out of the park and nailing notes that give most singers pause even on their best days.
Social media lit up with praise for Pink in the moments after her performance:
What an unbelievable performance! Great job today Pink – now go home and get yourself some ginger ale and a hot bowl of soup!