What audiences didn’t see was, earlier in the day, Sullivan stood in that same spot and paid homage to the late Whitney Houston, and her iconic performance of the national anthem 30 years ago. During a dress rehearsal for the national anthem on Sunday, Sullivan appeared on the field with Church wearing a white sweatsuit, much like Houston did during her memorable performance.
In 1991, Houston performed “The Star Spangled Banner” before the start of Super Bowl XXV (also in Tampa, FL), wearing a red-white-and-blue sweatsuit. The singer belted her way through the notoriously difficult song at the height of her fame, and won over audience’s hearts everywhere — the performance has gone on to be considered one of the best performances of the national anthem to date.
Check out the photo of Sullivan wearing her Houston-inspired sweatsuit, and watch her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” with Eric Church below:
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) February 7, 2021