Pink channels Whitney Houston while battling the flu for the Super Bowl 52 National Anthem

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Recording artist Pink performs the National Anthem during the Super Bowl LII Pregame show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Despite coming down with the flu, Pink took the grand stage at Super Bowl LII to sing the national anthem just before kickoff where she paid homage to her "idol," Whitney Houston.

The star was dressed in white when she took the stage flanked by members of the United States military. She gave an unwavering performance after many were worried that she would have to cancel her song at the last minute after revealing to fans that she had the flu in an Instagram post of her practicing on the field Saturday.

“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,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Saturday. “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!”

Following her brief performance, many were quick to point out that the singer successfully paid homage to Houston, who sung the anthem before the 1991 Super Bowl XXV.

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