Super Bowl XLIX: Idina Menzel’s Star Spangled Banner Touched My Heart

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Before her performance of our national anthem before the kickoff of Super XLIX, you may never have heard of Idina Menzel. But, as we all saw, the actress/singer/songwriter has some serious skill.

Menzel’s big break came in 1996, on Broadway, when she starred in Rent, a role she later reprised when the play was adapted to film. She returned to Broadway later for roles in Wicked and If/Then, but Menzel really took off in 2014. She was nominated for a “Best Actress” Tony Award, she took home the “Breakthrough Artist” Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and soon she’ll be starting her World Tour.

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G.D. resides in West Michigan. When he isn’t writing (or editing), you can find him outside, riding a bike, reading a book, or just plain running. Other interests include sports (of any kind), music (again, any kind) and cinema (a bit pickier here).