3:47pm PT by Erin Carlson
Super Bowl 2012: Kelly Clarkson Nails National Anthem (Video)
Singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl is a pressure-filled task (see: Christina Aguilera flubbing the lyrics last year) but Kelly Clarkson pulled it off without a hitch.
Backed by a children's choir, the pop star and original American Idol champ belted a capable and lyrically-correct version of the song, sporting a Mariah Carey-esque ensemble of a tight black dress, bangs and long, flat-ironed hair.
Clarkson, who recently paid tribute to late soul legend Etta James at a New York City concert, released her latest album, Stronger, in October.
Prior to her Super Bowl performance, country music power couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert paired up for a duet of "America the Beautiful." Shelton is a judge on NBC's popular singing contest The Voice, which premieres its second season following Sunday's Giants-Patriots matchup on the network.