Many Recall Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl XXV National Anthem as the Best of All; Just Ask Bellagio

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The United States Star-Spangled Banner performed by Whitney Houston during Super Bowl XXV (January 27, 1991) at Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida; and near the conclusion of the Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991) and Operation Desert Storm (January 17, 1991 – February 28, 1991).

Whitney Houston’s performance of the national anthem during Super Bowl XXV, was backed by the Florida Orchestra of Tampa, a leading professional symphony orchestra in Florida. The recording was later released as a single, where it reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the only artist to turn the national anthem into a hit single.


Whitney Houston’s National Anthem recording is also one of the selected songs of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. Bellagio — the famous hotel and casino located in Las Vegas — is well-known for its manmade lake between the hotel building and the Strip, which features the Fountains of Bellagio, a large dancing water fountain synchronized to various music. The fountains are often synchronized to a recording of Whitney Houston’s performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV in 1991.

Video with multiple views of the The Fountains of Bellagio during playing of Whitney Houston’s Star-Spangled Banner.

Another view of Fountains of Bellagio with Whitney Houston’s Star-Spangled Banner directly in front of the hotel.

Another view of Fountains of Bellagio with Whitney Houston’s National Anthem with the sound of the water from the fountain jets.

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