He kickstarted the trend of National Anthem performances
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10 fascinating facts about Marvin Gaye
10. He kickstarted the trend of National Anthem performances
One of his last public performances was singing the US national anthem at the 1983 NBA All-Star game. At the time, performers gave restrained and traditional performances of the anthem, but Gaye sang an emotional performance similar to his other songs. This caused controversy, but the idea of personalizing the anthem caught on, and the tradition continues to this day.