I don't care what else happens on the field, Super Bowl 47's most shining moment came early in the night. When the students of Sandy Hook Elementary started singing "America the Beautiful," it brought an avalanche of emotion. Then Jennifer Hudson and her incredible voice joined them, and together they brought a torrent of tears to those in the stadium and on couches across the country.
It was amazing -- one of the most moving performances I've ever seen at the Super Bowl. To see those children standing there so pure and innocent, wearing the familiar green ribbons, and to think of their 20 classmates, and six adults, who were gunned down in December, it was almost too much.
But for all the sadness it brought, it also brought feelings of hope. It was a powerful reminder that for all of the evil and sadness in the world, there is still beauty, that America is still a beautiful country where for the most part we are safe.
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And let's talk Jennifer Hudson for a moment -- she looked insanely gorgeous. Dressed in a form-fitting white skirt and black top (was that leather?), her body looked killer. But it's her voice, that powerful, soulful voice, that's just chill-inducing. She's a true talent, and I'm so glad those kids got to sing with her.
Afterward, Alicia Keys came out to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," and while it was a lovely performance (albeit a little too slow for my taste), there was just no competing with those kids and Jennifer. I can't imagine anything Beyonce brings will be able to do so either.
In case you missed it, here it is. I promise you chills.
What did you think of Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook children's performance?
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