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Cher To Belt Out National Anthem

January 26, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ Cher plans to dress up _ completely _ to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

``I want to be really respectful of the song. I will be completely covered,″ said the 52-year-old diva, who’s been known to show some skin during performances. ``I probably won’t be wearing black spandex.

``This is the biggest single honor I’ve ever had.″

Cher said Tuesday she plans to do her best belting out ``The Star-Spangled Banner,″ considered one of the toughest musical arrangements to master.

Like other singers, she has recorded the song with an 80-piece orchestra at the request of game officials. She’s not sure whether she will sing it live or lip sync.

``This is my first time. It’s a difficult song to sing,″ said Cher, who won an Oscar for her performance in ``Moonstruck.″ ``I worked with my teachers a lot on this. I wanted to learn it to interpret it in my own way.″

After singing at Sunday’s game, Cher will hop a flight to the West Coast to begin work on a video at 6 a.m. Monday morning, leaving little time to party at trendy South Beach nightclubs.

``There will be little time to get into trouble,″ Cher said.

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