How Long Was The Super Bowl LV National Anthem? Length Of Time For The Star-Spangled Banner

Posted By Matt Burke on February 7, 2021

Got your stopwatches out? Super Bowl National Anthem bettors are scrambling to find out whether or not Jazmine Sullivan and Erich Church’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner went Over or Under the set time.

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Super Bowl National Anthem length

Most places that offered the popular prop bet set the over/under at 1 minute and 59 seconds.

Sullivan and Church went well over that on Sunday, checking in with an unofficial time of 2 minutes and 17 seconds. It was the longest rendition since Lady Gaga went 2:22 in 2016.

DraftKings Sportsbook had the following prop relating to the length of Sullivan and Church’s rendition and whether or not the shortest scoring drive of the game would take less time.

Any scoring drive to take less time than the National Anthem?

Game
02/07/2021
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Yes
Bet now
-335
No
Bet now
+250

Bet on the National Anthem, only at DraftKings Sportsbook

There were several factors that made the Over the more popular bet going into Super Sunday. First, National Anthems at the Super Bowl have been going longer and longer over the years. Only two times in the 1990s did the Anthem go over 2 minutes. In the 2000s, it went over the 2 minute mark four times. And in this previous decade, the 2010s, the Star Spangled Banner spilled over 120 seconds six times.

We’re clearly entering an age where going long on the Anthem is the norm.

Here is a list that shows the year, singer, over/under time set by sportsbooks, actual time (with video) and whether or not it went over or under the total.

YearSingerOver/Under TimeActual TimeOver/Under
2021Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church1:592:17Over
2020Demi Lovato1:551:49 (Video)Under
2019Gladys Knight1:472:01 (Video)Over
2018Pink2:001:52 (Video)Under
2017Luke Bryan2:092:04 (Video)Under
2016Lady Gaga2:222:22 (Video)Over
2015Idina Menzel2:022:04 (Video)Over
2014Renée Fleming2:232:03 (Video)Under
2013Alicia Keys2:152:36 (Video)Over
2012Kelly Clarkson1:341:34 (Video)Push
2011Christina Aguilera1:541:53 (Video)Under
2010Carrie Underwood1:411:47 (Video)Over
2009Jennifer Hudson2:042:10 (Video)Over
2008Jordin Sparks1:471:54 (Video)Over
2007Billy Joel1:441:30 (Video)Under
2006Aaron Neville/Aretha FranklinN/A2:09 (Video)N/A
2005Choirs of the U.S. military academiesN/A1:53 (Video)N/A
2004BeyoncéN/A2:09 (Video)N/A
2003Dixie ChicksN/A1:33 (Video)N/A
2002Mariah CareyN/A1:56 (Video)N/A
2001Backstreet BoysN/A1:49 (Video)N/A
2000Faith HillN/A2:00 (Video)N/A
1999CherN/A1:55 (Video)N/A
1998JewelN/A1:27 (Video)N/A
1997Luther VandrossN/A1:53 (Video)N/A
1996Vanessa WilliamsN/A1:35 (Video)N/A
1995Kathie Lee GiffordN/A1:40 (Video)N/A
1994Natalie ColeN/A2:33 (Video)N/A
1993Garth BrooksN/A1:45 (Video)N/A
1992Harry Connick Jr.N/A2:06 (Video)N/A
1991Whitney HoustonN/A1:56 (Video)N/A
1990Aaron NevilleN/A1:25 (Video)N/A

Spoiler alert?

The length of the 2021 Super Bowl National Anthem may have been leaked by an Orlando-based TV reporter on Friday. WESH’s Zach Maskavich posted the following video of Sullivan and Church’s rehearsal at Raymond James Stadium. The length of the rehearsal was 2 minutes and 16 seconds by Maskavich’s count.

Many were wondering if the rehearsal was a red herring of sorts, given how popular the National Anthem prop bet is. Perhaps Sullivan and Church went extra long in their practice run to throw bettors off. That was not the case, however, as Maskavich nailed it – 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

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Matt Burke is the Sports Editor and Head of Evergreen/SEO Content at TheLines.com. He is the Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of MetroBet, a digital and print sports betting platform, and was the Executive Sports Editor at Metro US Newspapers (New York, Philadelphia, Boston) from 2014-2020. Matt has covered Super Bowls and Final Fours, and his work has appeared for Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, the Eagle Tribune, Gloucester Daily Times and Newburyport Daily News. Matt is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

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