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#whatstrending: Beyoncé sings 'God Bless the U.S.A.'

Sunday - 5/8/2011, 11:07am  ET

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WTOP's Neal Augenstein and Nathan Hager discuss Beyonce's rendition of "God Bless the U.S.A."

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Neal Augenstein, wtop.com
Nathan Hager, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Talk about a quick turnaround.

Less than a week after the death of Osama bin Laden sparked a wave of patriotic excitement across the country, pop superstar Beyoncé has cranked out a charity single to benefit the widows and children of the victims of the September 11th attack.

Beyoncé's rendition of "God Bless the U.S.A." was released on iTunes Thursday. Proceeds will go toward the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund. She debuted the single on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

Do you think it's an improvement on the 1984 Lee Greenwood original?

And how does it compare to one of the great patriotic charity singles of all time, Whitney Houston's "Star-Spangled Banner"? Whitney, after all, was the first artist to make the National Anthem a Billboard Top 10 hit.

So what do you think? Let us know in the comments section or by tagging your tweets with #whatstrending.

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