Poor Christina Aguilera.
As you’ve surely seen (or heard) by now, the chanteuse blew a few lines of the national anthem during Sunday’s Super Bowl. Instead of singing “O’er the ramparts we watched/were so gallantly streaming,” she sang “What so proudly we watched/ at the twilight’s last reaming.”
The 30-year-old Grammy-winner released a statement saying, ”I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”
At least Fergie is on Xtina’s side. “It’s such a huge venue, your nerves take a hold of you. I completely understand,” the Black Eyed Pea said on yesterday’s Dan Patrick radio show.
Who else botched the anthem?
The most notorious anthem disaster belongs to Roseanne Barr. At a 1990 San Diego Padres game, the comedienne sang a grating, off-key version of the song while grabbing her crotch and pretending to spit.
Michael Bolton mangled a version of the anthem at Boston’s Fenway Park in 2003. At one point, he broke from his overly earnest performance to look at notes on his hand.
In 2009, pop singer Jesse McCartney skipped multiple verses of “The Star- Spangled Banner” while performing at a NASCAR event in California. He took to Twitter to apologize.