Kelly Clarkson... Alicia Keys... Christina Aguilera...
... Renée Fleming?!?
The folks behind Super Bowl XLVIII thought outside the pop music box this year for its national anthem performer, choosing one of America's most respected opera singers to honor this nation prior to kickoff between the Seahawks and Broncos.
Yes, opera and football. How did the two worlds mesh?
Very well, thanks to the soprano skills of Fleming, who belted out one of the more memorable renditions in recent memory.
Check it out here, compare it with a few past Super Bowl singers below and then sound off below...
How would you grade the Renée Fleming Super Bowl national anthem?
1. Kelly Clarkson National Anthem
Kelly Clarkson nailed the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVI. Watch the American Idol champion show off her amazing voice here.
2. Christina Aguilera National Anthem
Christina Aguilera botched the lyrics to the Super Bowl prior to the Packers victory over the Steelers. Listen for yourself. This is just embarrassing.
3. Alicia Keys National Anthem
Alicia Keys belts out a beautiful rendition of the national anthem in this video. Watch and comment away now!
4. Whitney Houston National Anthem
Let there be no doubt: this is the best rendition of The Star Spangled Banner in the history of professional sports. Take in Whitney Houston's masterpiece now.