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  • Star-spangled celebrations planned for anthem's 200th anniversary

    Star-spangled celebrations planned for anthem's 200th anniversary
    WASHINGTON -- "The Star-Spangled Banner" -- familiar to football games, military functions and Olympic medal ceremonies -- turns 200 this year and the celebrations have already begun.
  • Oscars 2014: For many, '12 Years a Slave' is too hard to watch

    Oscars 2014: For many, '12 Years a Slave' is too hard to watch
    Come Sunday night, director Steve McQueen's critically praised rendering of the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, may win the Academy Award for best picture. So why isn't everyone...

    Super Bowl XLVIII: New Jersey Symphony to accompany Renee Fleming

    Super Bowl XLVIII: New Jersey Symphony to accompany Renee Fleming
    When soprano Renée Fleming takes to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she will sing to music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. But the accompaniment will be a recording, not a live...

    Does M.I.A. owe Kelly Clarkson and Madonna an apology?

     
    Super Bowl fallout: M.I.A.'s little flip of the bird upstaged not only Madonna but Kelly Clarkson as well. Both Madonna and Clarkson delivered stellar performances at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. Yet the only thing the media seems to be focusing...

    Steven Tyler take heart: Why the national anthem bedevils so many

     
    Steven Tyler: Steven Tyler has been taken to task by some for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Sunday's AFC game. But he's not alone. We asked a Juilliard expert to explain why the song is so notoriously difficult.