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Last night, J-Hud made her stellar return to the spotlight, kickin’ off Super Bowl XLIII with her fiery rendition of America’s national anthem… but was she the best to do it?

The Urban Daily counts down the Top 5 Super Bowl National Anthem renditions and let’s you decide on who’s number one. We’ll tally up your votes (left in the comments section) and showcase your decision tomorrow morning!

5. Jordin Sparks –

The American Idol winner gained a lot of folks attention with singing the anthem for the 2008 Super Bowl. With the New York Giants taking on the undefeated New England Patriots, Sparks surprised everyone with this strong rendition.

4. Natalie Cole –

Ms. Natalie Cole… Oh, how we love thee! But unfortunately, her “gallantly streaming” voice was lacking that soul that we’ve come to know and love from Nat King’s daughter.

3. Mariah Carey –

See what happens when you take away the “performance” from the performer. With no wind machine to boost Mariah Carey’s high-pitched “whistle register”, Mrs. Cannon falls on deaf ears in this would-be Sept. 11th, 2001 Super Bowl tribute.

2. Beyonce Knowles –

Say what you want about Ms. Knowles’ acting ability, the girl can sing. The H-Town native pulled off a subtle rendition of the anthem and in pure Beyonce fashion goes for the gusto, expressively showcasing her vocal talents.

But in the end there can be only one and with Ms. Knowles comfortably sitting in at number 2, it’s up to you to decide on who should be in that numero uno slot.

Is it Jennifer Hudson with last night’s return to the spotlight?

Or is it the tried and true soul-singing of Ms. Whitney Houston?

J-Hud has already bodied Jennifer Holiday’s version of “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going”. Does this give her the edge over a proven talent like Whitney Houston?

Cast your votes in the comments section and stay tuned tomorrow for the winner!

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