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Watch a 12-year-old Taylor Swift sing the national anthem

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Before Taylor Swift was welcoming everyone to New York, she was singing the praises of the country as a whole at a 2002 NBA game.

A 12-year-old Swift sang the national anthem at a Philadelphia 76ers game, where she wore a very red outfit that foreshadowed her album to come. Although she later sang the national anthem again at the 2008 World Series and did a solid job with the help of a glittery guitar, the 2002 a capella version proves that Swift has basically always been a star. 

Swift’s 1989 is out now.