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

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).