Marvin Gaye: 1983 NBA All-Star Game
It could be the sexiest version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Backed by a simple rhythm track, R&B master Marvin Gaye's languid, soul rendition brought whoops of appreciation and generous clapping from the crowd in Los Angeles. One year later, Gaye was shot to death by his father. To mark his memory at the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, Gaye's daughter, Nona, sang a duet of the anthem with the recorded voice of her father.
Beyonce: 2004 Super Bowl
Many divas have dominated "The Star Spangled Banner," from Marilyn Horne (a true opera diva) to Whitney Houston to Mariah Carey. But few can top Beyonce's version at Houston's Reliant Stadium. She later told Oprah, "Even more so than the Grammys, singing 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' the national anthem, has always been a dream. [As a child,] I watched Whitney Houston and I literally was in tears. And I grew up saying, 'Mom, I'm going to do that.'…I actually did it! It was overwhelming."
Combined U.S. Military Choirs: 2005 Super Bowl