P!nk has been waiting for decades to sing the American national anthem, and despite the gift of the flu from her "petri dish kids" absolutely nails it

  Pink performs the American national anthem at the 52nd Super Bowl on Sunday. Image via USA Today. 

Pink performs the American national anthem at the 52nd Super Bowl on Sunday. Image via USA Today. 

P!nk has achieved so much in her music career, but has been patiently waiting for the day when she could sing the American national anthem. The three-time GRAMMY winner says she has been inspired by her idol Whitney Houston's rendition from 1991 and was stoked to be invited to open the 52nd Super Bowl football game on Sunday. However, her kids passed on the flu and nearly ruined her long-awaited moment. That wasn't to be the case, and P!nk's passion, skill and the lozenge she spat out seconds before she started to sing pulled her through. What a woman. 

Trying to practice the flu away. I’ve been waiting to sing this song since 1991 when I saw my idol, Whitney Houston, own this song. And now, my chance has finally come. And it just so happens that this chance comes when I have two small Petri dish kids who literally cough INTO MY MOUTH and rub their snot on my cheek. You can’t write this stuff I swear!
— P!nk