February 6th, 2012
08:48 AM ET
We've all witnessed the ways a star's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" can go horribly wrong, but on Sunday, original "American Idol" Kelly Clarkson was praised for singing it right.
Clarkson's fans noted that she showcased her show-stopping vocals while maintaining clarity and exercising some restraint. Immediately, an audience usually ready to critique had nothing but applause for the star.
Musicians like Jason Aldean, Pink and Chris Daughtry were wowed, with Daughtry writing,
Purists might be disappointed that she still allowed room for interpretation, but they might nonetheless agree with Piers Morgan's take on the performance: "Kelly Clarkson 1 Steven Tyler 0."
What do you think of her performance - is it up there with some of the best?
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