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Pink Powered Through The Flu To Deliver An Incredible Super Bowl Performance

With help from a throat lozenge.

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One week after delivering a stunning, stripped-down performance at the Grammys, Pink opened Super Bowl LII on Sunday night with a powerhouse performance of the national anthem. To make things even more incredible, she also happened to be battling the flu.


Pink posted about her illness on Instagram Saturday. "I've been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song," she wrote, jokingly blaming her kids for the illness and adding, "I promise I will do my best, as I always do."

The singer powered through, even delivering a pre-game concert at the Armory in Minneapolis on Friday night. Fellow singer Kelly Clarkson, who performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 2012, shared her confidence in Pink before the game, saying, "I would take Pink's voice on a flu day any day."

With help from a throat lozenge (which she could be seen removing from her mouth before starting the song) and support from her fans, Pink delivered an amazing performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Her husband, Carey Hart, took to Instagram afterward to remind viewers that she sang live, writing, "I am beyond proud of this woman."

To top it all off, Pink, who grew up in the Philadelphia area, got to see the Eagles win the big game. As she wrote on Twitter last month, "Ummm. I'm singing the national anthem and the EAGLES ARE PLAYING?!?!?! IS THIS FOR REAL?!?!?!THATS WHASSUP!!!!!!!!"

Watch Pink's amazing performance in the video below (Note: you may be prompted to watch it on YouTube):


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