Aguilera flubs national anthem at Super Bowl
February 6th, 2011
09:31 PM ET

Aguilera flubs national anthem at Super Bowl

O say, can Christina have a do-over?

Christina Aguilera helped kick off Sunday's Super Bowl with a singer's nightmare, flubbing the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" about 40 seconds into the song as tens of millions prepared to watch the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Standing at midfield at Texas' Cowboys Stadium, the singer-actress mixed a previously sung clause with the one she was supposed to be on.

Here's what she sang, with the error in bold:

"O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last [unintelligible].”

That fourth line was supposed to be: "O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming."

In a statement released by her publicist, Aguilera explained what happened:

"I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place," the singer said. "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

Aguilera isn't the first person to have trouble with the song, as Time magazine's "Top 10 Worst National-Anthem Renditions" will remind us.

The list includes Michael Bolton's effort at a 2003 playoff baseball game in Boston's Fenway Park, where he had to pause midsong and check some notes before correctly getting through the same line that troubled Aguilera.

Aguilera sang the national anthem twice during last year's NBA finals. She delivered both performances without incident.

- CNN's Denise Quan contributed to this report.

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  1. Thomas in Vancouver

    Americans are the only people on the planet who get their own national anthem wrong.


    February 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      True but we also have the longest and worst national anthem of any country.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      If you dont like it and what it stands for then get out of this country

      February 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      shows what you know... maybe you should take a flying leap ya idiot!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sf

      i think it stands for being able to have an opinion without needing to flee the country.
      sorry, maybe you think it has to do with grown men fighting over a ball and nachos?

      February 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merely Amused

      Oh, shut up. You cannot tell everyone that disagrees with the Teabag agenda to leave.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |

      thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      Set to the tune of an old English drinking

      February 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jitway

      You're an idiot

      February 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      No we don't. It's just that not all of us know it

      February 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • booyah474

      We definitely do not have the longest...Mexico owns that honor

      February 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merely Amused

      She IS a natural born citizen, but if she weren't born here but became naturalized, you would keep her from singing?

      February 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Apple

      I'm an immigrant here, and I'm proud of the US national anthem. So I don't understand why people dislike their own national anthem. It moves me every time I hear it, especially in a big stage, or even better, the Olympics.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gogolo

      I got news for you, buddy, she ain't American.....why is she even singing the anthem....

      February 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Last time I checked, Gogolo, Staten Island, New York (where she was born) was part of the United States.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • seriously

      True. Everybody knows by know Christina Aguilera is a Muslim. And probably a Communist.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicken

      I doubt Aguilera even knows what Communism is. Let's not demonize her. She's just another idiot pop singer.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bringiton1

      LOL, funny!

      February 7, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • sissy

      Brighton: NO the anthem WAS not sang right anyone knows that WAKE up...have'nt u ever heard the right way..
      way not try 2 sing it pretty instead of WANTING 2 screw it up....WHY

      February 7, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • rev_cletus

      This comment is exactly what yer future lookd like, Mr. & Mz. 'Murka – enjoy it while you can!

      February 7, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • j dedonato

      Yeah, prob'ly got a commie flag tacked up in her indoor pool.......By the by, she screwed up cause she was too busy trying to fancify the lyrics. If these here now "singers" would sing it like its supposed to be sung they would not "lose" their place....

      February 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      @Gogolo...Staten Island (where Aguilera was born and raised) isn't a part of the United States? You might want to tell the folks living there that bit of news.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Pretty sure she's from the Pittsburgh area...

      February 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Parkerman

      Actually, we have one of the most moving anthems in the world if sung correctly. Just sing the song and stop trying to showcase your voice and it would be good. Even my relatives from Europe get more choked up from hearing our anthem and any other countries including their own.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicken

      I agree.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ML


      February 7, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Melissa in NE

      Ain't that the truth?! Sing it the way it's supposed to be sung! I thought she had the words wrong when I heard it, but I thought maybe I didn't hear it right. LOL

      February 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      As an old man, and one who was born here,there is nothing better than the right way to sing this song and nothing worse than an incorrect presentation. Thank you for your post.Some things still mean a lot to us.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Honey B

      Oh, I totally agree. Some people make the song about their "voice" instead of singing the true meaning. That's probably why she messed up...she was so busy listening to her voice that she forgot the words... Shame to mess up in front of an audience that huge!

      February 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • outinthecold

      o shut

      February 7, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • This is what happens

      when artists get so caught up in themselves and their stylizing their delivery. Is anyone as tired as I am of artists screaming all over the melody, trying for notes that makes dogs howl, scatting up and down a melody line that's supposed to be emotional and *simple* and yet, they feel inexplicably compelled to sing it their own way. Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder are the only ones who are allowed to do that since they actually are classy to start with.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • luvuall

      Yes, yes, and yes. I guess it takes a performance like the one we heard at the SuperBowl tonight to appreciate when we hear a really good singer nail it.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • docserveralson

      I agree with you on all points except that not even Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles get exemptions. NO MORE MANGLING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      Ray Charles would have a problem doing it these days.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • j thomas

      Stevie Wonder? Really a class act. What planet are you from? He has the biggest ego in the music business.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Carolinelew

      There was a highway patrolman in Richmond, Virginia that sang the National Anthem at the beginning of the NASCAR races in Richmond. He could sing our country's song with the best of them...I can't remember his name, but I wish they would bring him back to sing it for us. He could sing our countries song with the best. Mr. Patrolman, where are you? Hope he reads this...

      February 7, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • astroglide

      This world is caught up in decadance and hedonism. When u have dummies like this bimbo stoned out on crack blowing at the top of her you put it, they simply forget the true meaning and inspiration with which this song was meant to be delivered, and add to it their ignorant slang style of rendition. All a sign of the warped times we live in. I am so happy that I did not have children born to grow up nowadays. What a sad spin the present world would indellibly make on them, if I had...

      February 7, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • OldFashioned

      I agree COMPLETELY with you. It makes me mad. The National Anthem should be sung with the traditional melody, not with a yodeling effect.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • edub

      Marvin Gaye's 1983 NBA all-star game national anthem is my all time favorite

      February 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • chuch d

      yes yes yes, i agree 100%

      February 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Just sing the song. I could care less if your voice can hit every note on the piano......or how many times your voice goes up and down the scale while singing the song......the National Anthem deserves respect, obviously something this woman does not understand!!!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • iamacamera

      Absolutely AMEN! The song is supposed to be sung by the assembled throngs.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      It's called musical masturbation.

      They end up sounding like they have a bad case of Mariarrhea.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • LIV2JAM

      I agree except for the part about Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder. When covering other songs a singer should make it their own. But, when singing anthems, especially a national anthem, leave the melody alone. It's not about you.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      @Parkerman...Agreed....IF it is sung properly. That's a pretty big "IF". This article even included a Top Ten list of infamous hack-jobs of The Star Spangled Banner. You'd think professional singers would get the thing right.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      Doesn't really matter. Half of the audience don't know the words anyway.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ponytimeyo

      Maybe if they'd hire professional singers and not just some silly pop stars. There is a pretty big difference between a pop star and an actual vocalist.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • How do you know?

      Everyone else's is in a *foreign language*! Nice try at trashing the U.S., but unless you speal a hundred other languages and know every anthem by heart, you might want to think again about that statement.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Yeah like those crazy Canadians singing in Canadian or the Australians singing in Australian or the Jamaicans singing in Jamaican, or the British singing in... oh yeah right...

      February 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Not

      Americans speak American. Jamaicans patois is not exactly something you'd call English.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jubilee shine

      exactly. down with english. washington won the war.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • brent

      Americans speak gutteral English, its as far from the Queen's English as the Jamaican's patios......ya'lll

      February 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Tracy Thompsn

      @Parkerman. Surely you must be kidding about a movig anthem. This is a song that glorifies nothing about this vountry, but a piece of cloth that is flying above a battlefield. I would much rather have an anthem that promotes the VALUES of this country. Something like America the Beautiful. (And crown they good, with Brotherhood, From sea to shining Sea.) Now THAT would be an anthem.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      "This is a song that glorifies nothing about this vountry, but a piece of cloth that is flying above a battlefield."

      I'm going to assume you just don't know, and are not instead disturbingly ignorant.

      It's not that a cloth still was flying over a battlefield. The British Navy was bombarding Fort McHenry, which was undermanned and unarmed. Despite an all-night bombardment (19th century shock and awe), the fort had not surrendered to the British the next morning when by all expectation it would have. It symbolizes American resolve and determination in the face of adversity in an exquisitely moving way.

      The melody may have some difficult notes, but the song absolutely represents American values.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jubilee shine

      so you support the iraqi resistance against u.s. colonialism then.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Nah ah

      It's a song about surviving a British attempt to beat us back into submission, not a "song about a piece of cloth." Plus, you flubbed the words to America the Beautiful. And you really think WE promote brotherhood from sea to sea? Catch a clue. We slaughtered and robbed the previous occupants of this land, and today we're a country divided in a world divided against us. I love America, but let's be realistic here.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Army Wife

      All the more reason that she should know it without a hitch and have enough respect to sing it with dignity. Plus, in a public venue, iy should be sung so that the attention is on the anthem and on the flag...NOT on the singer. That way, the crowd can join in of they feel moved to do so. Who could have possibly joined in to that "ridiculous-ness"?

      February 7, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Not so fast


      You might want to read up on the story behind the national anthem to find out what it's about. They teach it in 3rd grade I believe.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Oneleg

      Get out of my country...

      Do some research and find out why the words were written, and how this is a true reflection of this nation and the struggles it went through to become the nation it is.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Austin Newell

      Are you serious? That little cloth you speak about represent the ENTIRE United states. It represent the sacrifice for freedom. Its way more than a cloth. Its our Nation

      February 7, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      Umm...the words are "and crown THY good..."

      February 7, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Kerwyn

      Not about this country? Do you even know the words or what it was written about? Do go look it up, then make that statement.

      This song is about winning a crucial victory over the British during the war of 1812. Please go read about the history of this song, why it was written and what it really means.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Tracy, do you realize Ametica the Beautiful IS a national anthem??? It's God Save thr Queen, the anthem of the UK. and our anthem isnt jus about a battle, it tells the story of a battle of the War of 1812 in which a young US defended itself against the onslaught of the world's superpower at the time. That our flag was still standing after the long battle was a sign of our resilience. Please think more deeply or don't comment.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Paige

      Actually, "America the Beatuful" does not share the same music as "God Save the Queen". That would be "My Country Tis of Thee" (the real name is America).

      February 7, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Paige

      YOu might want to check your facts before you post. The song that shares music with God Save the Queen is My Country Tis of the".

      February 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Timer

      Blah blah blah blah.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • unique

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with the National Anthem, if you know anything about this country's history with England you know why it was written and what is means. Nothing else represents our history better than the National Anthem.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I agree with that. "America the Beautiful" is a much more appropriate and stirring anthem, but we will forever be stuck with the Star Spangled Banner. So it's up to the "performers" of the world to dial back their ambition a bit and just get the words and the notes right.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • annsrum

      um it is symbolism honey.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • annsrum

      it is symbolism

      February 7, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • AG is an army brat

      She's not only an American, her father was in the military. Some of you people are ridiculous. Get a grip, it wasn't intentional or meant to be disrespectful.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanda

      It was the Super Bowl. The World was watching.
      Are you kidding ?

      February 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanny

      No, it wasn't meant to be disrespectful. But it sure came across that way.

      When you get a performance of this magnitude, at least know the words to the song, along with what key it's in and stop trying to put "your touch" on it. The entire thing was a farce.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Third3y3

      True but I wish she wouldn't use such a ridiculously gross amount of ornaments and vibrato in most everything she sings.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Gary59

      And Henry Fonda's daughter is a good American to - right ?

      February 7, 2011 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • KK

      Amen.I fully agree.We are all human and all make mistakes.
      people need to get over it.How many of them can recite it?

      February 7, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Dr J

      Hey KK... next time your hired to do a job CORRECTLY... I hope they don't pay you to screw it up

      February 7, 2011 at 7:05 am | Report abuse |
    • moop

      I would say that well over 50% of adult, mentally intact Americans can recite it chapter & verse with no problem.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      It wasn't intentional, nor was it purposefully disrespectful – however, it also wasn't professional.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • pj

      Her rendition was embarrassing not to mention painful to my ears.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • keith

      if she is an army brat, then she SHOULD KNOW the words.....there is absolutely no excuse for her not knowing the words to this song. I hope that her dad sticks his boot up her a$$ for screwing it up

      February 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      She has been singing the National Anthem for sporting events since she was 7-years-old and has never messed up before. She knows the lyrics by heart. Yes, it's unfortunate that she messed up, but to accuse her of not knowing the lyrics is simply a lie. People get nervous and make mistakes... she is only human, afterall.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      I wish you tea baggers would stop making up crap about everyone, the woman was born in New York

      February 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Green

      Not everybody who posts a comment you don't like is a "Tea Bagger", and do you mean Tea PARTY movement? Do you even know that the Tea Party movement's platform is simply financial responsibility by the government? It isn't a redneck or trailer park convention. That is simply a weak excuse by liberals to discredit a sound philiosophy of fiscal responsibility. Just because there are some weirdos that subscribe to it doesn't change it soundness.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      Oh, so you are a teabagger.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Actually, 90% of Tea Party members identify it as a Christian movement, as well as equating the usual littany of moral issues. Surveys have shown the organization to be fed up with the mainstream Republican party on many issues. In a lot of ways, they sound like hold-outs from the old Moral Majority.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy Z

      So where do posters of the President with a Hitler mustache or "Where's the Birth Certificate?" fit in with fiscal responsibility? Oh wait, those are "liberal plants" uh-hum. BTW one of your biggest mouthpieces thinks the Founding Fathers abolished slavery...

      February 7, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • jubilee shine

      yer a funny guy

      February 7, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve J

      Yes, its a party that promotes fiscal responsibilty through worshipping a President who tripled our gross debt and nearly double it as a percentage of GDP. Sorry, I know things like 'numbers' and 'facts' get in the way of telling what a great hero Ronald Reagan was.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • C. Kyle

      Actually she was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA..

      February 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Former Liberal Now Republican

      Oh Carmen, get a grip and have yourself a latte or whatever U liberals have. You had to throw in the "bagger" issue and now U sound just like them.

      February 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Right... and that is why we here in the USA never catch it when someone flubs it.... oh wait...

      February 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohhiya

      It's an old bar room drinking song re-worded into a patriotic drinking song, then 120 years later turned into a national anthem.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cyndie King

      Having absolutely no ability to sing myself, no one appreciates a finely tuned voice quite like I do. I watch the beginning of sporting events just to hear the National Anthem. My observations have led me to believe the more prominent the singer the worse the rendition of the song. Children and amateur adult singers recognize the singing of this song needs to be about the SONG ITSELF, not the singer. Professional adult singers (especially the women for some reason) forget this little detail and always make the singing of the National Anthem about their singing of the song, not the song itself. Its pretty sad. And by the way, no one can ruin the National Anthem quite like Patty LaBelle. She sang it at the 2001 Formula One race at Indianapolis and while we were sitting less than 50 feet away from her while she sang, LaBelle's rendition make the song literally unrecognizable. While Ms. Aguilera did this song absolutely no justice, at least we could tell what she was trying to sing.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Although I cannot sing more than respectably, I possess perfect pitch. It makes these altered anthems comparable to nails scraping across a blackboard. She made a number of awful sour notes during her"aria" attempts. Trying to scat the national anthem to jazz it up should be a criminal offense. Ms Aguilara is guilty of assaulting our ears!

      February 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • RogerB

      **assaulting our ears**............and our country

      February 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Like this 11-year old girl in this clip (#3). She manages to sing the words exactly right at the Stanley Cup Finals. She jazzes it up a little bit, and I wouldn't recommend it as ideal, but I would have taken THIS over tonight's performance.

      OH WAIT – the 11-year old girl was Christina Aguilera!!!!! Amazing.

      Which means she really half-assed it tonight.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jimintexas

      The song used to be introduced as "Now, let's join (insert singer's name) as she LEADS us in singing our national anthem..." That's what's changed. The singers no longer are leading the singing. They ARE the singing. When I was a kid, at sporting events, the person who led the singing was absolutely the last thing you'd remember afterwards. This song became a showpiece for pro singers, and the bigger the venue, the glitzier, glammier, hammier the version. Next year, let's have a boy's choir lead it, or a group of veterans. And CBS, NBC, whoever, turn down the soloist's voice and turn up the crowd. As someone else on here said, It is OUR national anthem. Hearing 20 thousand people sing it is FAR more moving than hearing any soloist, no matter who it is or how it is done.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • House

      I agree completly with your statements. Sad that Angelique was unable to sing the song in a traditonal manner with the correct lyrics. Personally I was offended at her rendition of our national anthem. My apologies to the world. This was not our national anthem. it was simply a pop star's version attempting to showcase her vocal range.

      There are many accomplished vocalists in America who know the tyrics and the music. With the world stage as a platform, why not choose any one of them to sing our national anthem?

      Francis Scott Key is likely turning over in his grave at this assault on his music and lyrics.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Between her and the Black-eyed Peas, the music entertainment has been a botch for the bowl. Where is Janice Jackson's boob when you need it??

      The commercials have been weak as well. Although the Beetle one was pretty good.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WWWII Ace

      Janice, who the f^ck is Janice?

      February 7, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • mixx

      It's Janet Jackson, not Janice Jackson.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Reply to Above

      To the respondent who asked, "where is Janet Jackson's boob when you need it?" Hopefully, instead her wardrobe. The term "wardrobe malfunction" is likened to the phrase "friendly fire." Who was it that thought of those juxtaposition of words? One can only imagine if a male performer had a wardrobe malfunction in his crotch area at the Super Bowl and exposed his....
      Janet Jackson is a disgrace to the children of America and around the world
      watching that Super Bowl game.

      February 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      I think you are so wrong about that. She totally sucks, and is bascally talentless!! What disgrace she was!!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jered

      Yeah, I think we get it wrong all the time because we get dumb singers/musicians that feel the need to artistically re-imagine the song. Just sing it the way it was originally intended already. I don't need a remix.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flagguy

      Yes, read it as it was originally intended. Read? Yeah, it is a poem, wasn't "originally intended" to be a song at all.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Sydney Australia

      @Tracy – sigh.......... its 'thy' not they. "And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea"

      February 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • R&Bsux

      HAHAHA!!!!!!! EVEN AN AUSSIE KNOWS THAT....HAHAHAHA!!!! take note "DAWGS" of the R&B industry. You might be able to learn adult ediqettes if you stay in class long enough and not pay someone todo your home work.

      Sydnney thank you for pointing that out not a lot of ppl know that... long live the Queen

      February 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Angelique

      Yeah, she was born in Kenya!!!!! Wheres the birth certificate?!?! hurrr hurrrrrr

      February 6, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bradley

      C'mon Angelique, why do you have to pester the dogs like that? If you stop poking at them, they'll stop barking.

      February 7, 2011 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenny Cr

      Wow – where did she come from?
      And then the halftime – what crap!
      The double suck of superbowls ...

      February 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vin, Davenport IA

      Many of today's Pop singers are lousy in live concert. I will say the girl from Glee did an excellent job with "America" though. It wasn't a total musical faux paux.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • ribbet

      Speaking of a FAUX PAS, you just made one!

      February 7, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • James Steward

      Then go to a church for a Sunday service. This is call the SUPERBOWL!!

      February 7, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie G

      I just cleaned the super bowl, it flushes well now.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      I'm Canadian and I have to say that Americans have a beautiful anthem. They should be proud of it and when done properly it gives you the shivers. Unfortunately this was not one of the better ones. America the Beautiful was nice though.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • shydi

      Thank you. I agree with you 100%.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mathis

      Whatever, Canada still belongs to England. At least our national anthem is just that, a national anthem. Yours is a national anthem with an asterisk. Queen Elizabeth still owns you.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • willy

      and China owns the US numnuts!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taki Misudo


      February 6, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • lecanada

      Et bien, l'idiot encore!

      February 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey93

      You might wanna brush up on your history.

      England has zero power in Canada.

      While involved in this urinating least we gave our country a name. "United States of America" isn't a is a description. You guys should really get on that...maybe hold a contest?

      February 7, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeJoe9

      The queen doesn't own us ... we just weren't trigger happy to fight our way into forming a country ... we did it peacefully, and unlike your country, we don't use guns and violent in the world to solve all problems.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Richie P

      That's why you don't solve the world's problems.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Joe, one never hears of Canada doing much in the world (past or present), with or without violence (which, I assume, is the word you meant). The United States of America didn't have much choice for the method of overthrowing the British rule other than guns and violence. If Canada was able to get away with less violent means due to the British not really caring after they lost to us then that is only a good thing for your country and you are welcome.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • billy

      That's because you're a P***Y. Lol, everybody turning this into a stupid flame war. can you say TANGENT.
      CA sucked. Let's leave it at that.

      February 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jordan

      They say Americans are ignorant...and going by your dumb comment it rings true......Canada is in better shape then the U.S and our dollar is even higher at present.......Canada is owned by no one, America unfortunately (because I love America) is owned by China.....

      February 7, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Mickey

      Ah yes – the American ignorance showing again. No we don't belong to England – we are a sovereign nation. Oh and we don't pay millions to the Royal Family – haven't for a very very long time. And as a lesson to all the Americans who think that the English are footing the bill for the Royals – the only members of the Royal Family still on the public dole are the Queen and Prince Phillip – everyone else earns their own way. Lord help us – as a nation you are so unaware!!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Centennialawesomness

      K. We Canadians don't glorify Queen Elizabeth as much as you yankees do! We didn't have to seperate with a war and then brainwash our children with american history in order to keep their loyalty to the country and the military!! We were peaceful people and history has proven it! American history can be summed up like this: declare a war of independence, win that war, within one hundred fifty years have a civil war, then within a few decades have ANOTHER war, mind u that was a world war, then finish with that war, then cause the dirty thirties, then go to war AGAIN, another world war, then once that's finished you gotta go to Vietnam! Hell even your own people thought that was wrong. Finally finish in Nam, then go off and fight the russians in the cold war until the ninties, then go to war in Irag, afganistan and Iran! And while all of this is goin on, you have to spend TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS policing the world!!!! So yeah, what now!

      February 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • canuckindc

      No asterisk needed, we Canadians don't belong to England. Unlike you guys, when we grew up and moved out back in 1867, we kept cordial with England. FYI, you don't always have to fight to become independent. BTW, I love the Star Spangled Banner, just have Whitney Houston's rendition at SB played each time. Cheers!

      February 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      I'm from the USA and actually from years of attending hockey games I grew to know the Canadian National Anthem just as well. It is a lovely anthem but Christina Aguilera (who is American) probably was nervous. At least she didn't lip-sync it.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |

      Canada....where men are men and sheep are scared.....

      February 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're an idiot

      Way to help improve Canada's already negative view of Americans. Moron.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I don't think all Canadians have a negative view of the USA, but then, who cares?

      February 7, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      I don't think so either. I think both countries have too many dope heads who do not represent the true countries real feelings.A drunk can always out shout a sober person and make more waves.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Keri

      Though I don't think you'd find too many Canadians dumb enough to even listen to Sarah Palin, let alone think she has the brains and experience for governing, don't worry we don't think all Americans are morons.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave, Massachusetts

      That would be Maine.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      This comment is coming from a country who's Army, Navy, and Air Force consist of a Mountie, a Canoe, and a Flying Squirrel.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      and a whole lot of molsen

      February 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Unger

      One coudl say the US armed services consists of Beetle Bailey, Gomer Pyle and McHale's Navy. Now you get how immature your comment was?

      February 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smarter


      February 7, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Tam

      But it's so much more peaceful, a bit more safer, some guns but not that many, and when you get sick, you don't worry about money.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • moop

      When you get sick, you also don't have to worry about the trouble of seeing doctors and having you weeks, even months to make plans since those diagnostics, treatment and procedures take so long....lots of Canadians come on down to the US for health care!

      February 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kyle

      That is the single funniest comment ever to be posted on

      February 7, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Microbial

      "...and a flying squirrel"
      Yeah but you should see that thing glide, it can nail a hoser from 10 meters in a chinook.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bemused

      however with that pittance we were able to participate in more International peacekeeping missions than any other Nation, and have sacrificed more of our soldiers in the name of that peace. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of our soldiers who bravely battled tyranny in WW1 and WW2, each times years before you thought these campaigns worthy of your attention. Regardless, Canada is used to the idea of being the rational little brother to the US and in the trenches, you have no better ally.

      February 7, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      If it wasn't for the Brits and Canucks you would likely be speaking German. And by the you won't find 'America" on any map. The US is part of North America the same as Canada and Mexico.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • vmaxguy

      That was pretty a pretty sad statement...the Brits and Canadians were our allies during WW2...We sacrificed many of our young men, to keep the Brits from getting invaded by Germany...If "America" hadnt stepped in...You would be speaking German sir...Show some respect...You should be kissing "Americas" ass....

      February 7, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • vmaxguy

      Ed...You are an idiot....

      February 7, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • KC135Dr

      Quick question for ya Ed ... when in a foreign country, we are referred to as Americans. I'm not sure that the folks from Canada are referred to as American ... or how about the folks from Mexico? Perhaps you can explain to me why that is?

      February 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • siestaqh

      Indeed, it is a country and culture that chooses to spend it's resources on basic health care for all, protects natural resources and stay out of the affairs of other nations. Like all societies, Canada has many issues to address into the future, but they have much to be admired. Not supporting a huge military industrial complex enables them to focus on providing more productive services to their citizenry and to the world. In times of serious threat, they have always proved to rise to the situation, but they don't support a system that goes looking for a fight in order to line the pockets of a handful of corporate interests.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • jane

      Well said, siestaqh.

      February 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indeed

      Thomas is right. We need a new anthem that sings the glory and praise of President Obama. Down with that old song that was written during slavery. It's time to move on people!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |

      Im on board with that!!!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonbeam

      I think you might be thinking of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. It had been a popular marching song, and then Julia Ward Howe, a famous abolitionist and social activist, gave it the new lyrics which denounced slavery.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Green

      This is surely a joke, right? A national anthem that praises a current president? I could easily tell you all the things wrong about the man, and why he is unfit for the job, but the fact is that the national anthem should never be sung about an individual, so let's leave it at that and I hope you were just bored and wanted to get a rise out of people.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • moop

      The anthem sings the praises of the COUNTRY, not whomever the president might be. And the Nat'l Anthem has nothing to do with slavery! If you can read, pick up a history book.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • kas

      No, it's happened in other countries, too. I watched the game in Mexico and when I pointed out the flub, I got an ear-full about a similar mid-song screw up that's famous here.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Did all Americans get it wrong? You are over generalizing.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christopher

      At least we don't have to important our head of state.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      InDeed: "WE" don't need anything but for you to STFU.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Scubanski

      Yeah, Thomas, um, maybe you better check YouTube to find the girl at a pro hockey game that screwed up your anthem. Nice try. Dumb comment.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • KennethIsAdumbName

      Canada Sucks Thomas in Vancouver

      February 6, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lecanada

      ya? but we have healthcare!!!!!!!!!

      February 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • NotAmerican

      Ohhhhh say can you seeeeeeee...anything beyond your inflated ego's

      February 7, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • keith


      February 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jay

    This kind of singing, where you just add 400 syllables and butcher the song is terrible anyway. Have some respect, do it right, and don't try to cover your mistakes by showing off your "range".

    February 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RabiaDiluvio

      I agree–all the excessive grace notes and trying to "soul it up" make it sound like some kid singing in a laundromat. I would love if they would just sing it straight.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoDevo

      Where is Kanye when we need him to interrupt!

      February 6, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      Amen to that. She should try to find a new line of work!!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • LudwigvanB

      I agree with RabiaDiluvio. If singers at sporting events weren't so concerned with "souling" it up according to the current fad and would just sing it straight, they might be able to get through it without errors. Also, it would probably help if they knew what the song was about or even just what the words meant. I'd much rather hear someone with a good, well trained voice sing the national anthem, accompanied by a brass band or orchestra.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      right on Jay... nailed it

      February 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ponytimeyo

      THANK YOU! The soul is not in the number of different notes you can cram into each line. The soul is in the quality of the voice.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • alanjay1

      I agree. The theatrics throughout the entire song are so unnecessary. If she wasn't so focused on sounding cool, she might have, you know, actually remembered her lines. But it's the Twitter age and everyone feel the need to assert their individuality. Marvin Gaye's classic reinterpretation aside, you're better off just singing the song the way it's supposed to be sung.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacquelyne

      she had no acceptable stable range

      February 7, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LIV2JAM

      I agree. When singing cover songs, riff away, make it your own. But, when singing a national anthem, stick to the melody. It's not about you. I promise you will get your ego filling applause at the end.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lol

    Who ever told her she could sing in the first place? And the halftime sucked more than any before!

    February 6, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      You got that right. Horrible halftime show. Just awful.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • RabiaDiluvio

      Bring back the elderly Townshend and Daltrey. lol Anything but Fergie's Flashing Bo0bs of Doooom.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jake

    I'm pretty sure the only reason the crowd went wild was the video of troops in Afghanistan standing at attention for the National Anthem... not because she got back on track.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      You are 100% right. Because most Americans don't know the words anyway and most likely didn't notice.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Actually Terri a lot of us DO know all the words. More than you think, unless you are just surveying your peers.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      Really???: Terri is absolutely right. Most Americans don't know the words of their anthem, as well as almost anything else.
      But they're good at simple minded patriotism.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed by the twilight's last gleaming.
      Who's broad stripes and white stars, through the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
      And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.
      Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave. ...There you go, no search engine, just from memory.....By the way, it is actually easier to remember songs.....just saying....

      February 7, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • you're an idiot

      "Really???", yes, you're a moron. No one knows the lyrics to it except history teachers, baby boomers and Tea Party members, so they can add the mystery fourth verse with all of the "Obama's the devil" lyrics in. You proved your incompetence even more by trying to "recite" it. "OOOO, I didn't use a search engine"! What, do you want a medal, stupid? You know words to a song that no one else does. Good job! Maybe next we should congratulate you for not forgetting to breathe!

      February 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      "you're an ldiot", you're clearly a christina aguera fan. judging by your tone, you're probably one of the fans who started following her during her "juggalo" phase.

      woop woop.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • James Steward

      Jim you showed your true colors and please next time spell her last name right

      "you're an ldiot", you're clearly a christina aguera fan."

      The proper name Is Aguilera a Latin name. Her background is from Ecuador. Ecuador is in South America and the capital is Quito. It has a large indian population and also a white minority of Spanish stock from Europe Spain. The same nation Pau Gasol is from.
      MOst folks in the USA couldnt remember that song past the 2nd line.
      She did a wonderful job! Also this is the superbowl not a church or White House service.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Susan Skinner

    Her singing was so bad it was hard to notice the missed line. One of the worst version's I've ever heard, sorry to say.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      amen sister!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Troop Supporter


    February 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're an idiot

      What is? The fact that you'd name yourself that, yet still try to insult something that was entirely pointed at supporting our troops??? Yes, I'd say you are disgraceful.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mumof4

    The crowd cheered at that point because the camera showed our brave soldiers overseas, not because they got behind her.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • moop

      You are absolutely right. Watch the video & see for yourselves if you had to divert your eyes & ears from the TV because of her abyssmal singing.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terri

    And if it hadn't been brought to our attention 98% of Americans would not have noticed anyway. Before you judge stop and think if you caught it before it became national news. I wouldn't have.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Terri – learn the words and you'll know

      February 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      Alan you missed my point. Americans are rude, fat, arrogant and self centered. And here we try to tell other countries how to run their country and we can't even control ours. I heard this morning on Meet The Press that if Pres Reagan were alive today he would be totally disgraced at our leaders and country. Spot on.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa

      Omg who cares? She was probably nervous and did her best. Why are ppl so darn mean? This article is useless and mean-spirited. I didn't notice and I'm sure most people didn't. Regardless, why are ppl so mean and cruel? Lighten up! It's not as though she purposely messed up. Geez!

      February 6, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • nan

      WRONG! noticed it right away. she was too busy trying to put her own spin on it to get it right. What a shame. I liked her.

      February 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowbear40

      i'm trying to figure u out terri...u say we americans r fat and on and on and on and then u say we,like ur one of those fat on and on people..if ur american u sure r crytical of americans so i would assume ur a traitor or someone who needs to pack up the truck and find a new country...if u need help let me know...I WONDER HOW MANY WORDS U KNOW OF THE ANTHEM....PROBABLY NOT ONE WORD but guess that doesn't mattr cause ur not standing in front of millions of people....

      February 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowbear40

      oh btw if u didn't get the memo Reagan isn't alive and who cares what he would think..nothing he could do..we shouldn't live in the past seeing it ain't going to do any good anyway..i do agree though our government is sooooo corrupt but i would rathr live in this country and have the few freedoms we have than anywhere else but just my opinion

      February 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      I caught it, Terri. And lol at your lazy insults about Americans.Get a new tune, Johnny One-Note.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      Well I must say you are so wrong because I noticed it immediatley and so did my husband. If your going to sing on National TV please know your lines and have some talent. She lacked poorly in both areas!!!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      It made all of us wince the whole way through. How can you NOT know the anthem Terri? Our 10 year old said she sang it wrong. How pitiful, a 4th grader is smarter than you! Maybe you should take a civics class after you get your GED.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Ummmm...everyone I was watching the game with caught it immediately. Just about everyone in the stadium caught it immediately (just look at the faces of the crowd and players right after that!) Just because you're an idiot doesn't mean everyone else is.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Terri, you may be fat, rude, and arrogant....I don't know?......,but as to the performance on The Star Spangled Banner it was bad,..... and for a professional singer I was extremely embarrassed over her performance of that simple song.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      Snowbear40: What language is that? I get the impression you're trying to sound like a patriot, yet the language we speak
      here is English.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicken

      Anger issues, Terri?

      February 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're an idiot

      Snowbear40, obviously it doesn't matter how many of the words of the national anthem you know, since you've made it apparent that you can't spell any of them. "No, Americans is smart! I is not dum! U is! Stupid traitor! String up wit Tea Partee!" Moron.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • chuch d

      I know the words but, yes I missed that she screwed up because I was bitc hing about how bad she was
      that I didn't notice

      February 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • moop

      I did – even my 12 year old caught it.

      February 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. runner305

    How lame! The National Anthem, sung by a supposed superstar, performed in front of millions of watching people, paid plenty (I'm sure), and ...she screws up! What possible excuse is valid for THAT?!?!

    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oops

      People have bern known to make mistakes?

      February 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jered

      It IS lame... they screw the lyrics up because these singers are too busy trying to artistically remaster the anthem. Why can't our National Anthem be the one song that goes untouched?

      February 6, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan

    Can we please let the entertainers have the half-time show, and give the National Anthem back to those who aren't so egotistically challenged?

    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • patty

      well disagree with Kate totally disrepectful....dont insult the men and women who supply you your freedoms.....

      February 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • kathy

      Perfectly said Alan!!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • TracePace

      Alan is exactly correct.

      But....those awful hafl-time shows have to go. The Black Eyed Peas were awful. When they see themselves on video, they'll be ashamed with themselves for trying to be so groovy and over-the-top. Performers: Get over yourselves, play your songs straight-up and then get off the stage, just like Tom Petty did a few years ago.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • you're an idiot

      Were you aware the armed forces still have bands and choirs? Just saying, if there's one group QUALIFIED to sing the national anthem...

      February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |

      I agree with that, but can we get good artists for half time? that was the worst half time show i've seen. and the half time show is all that i watch

      February 7, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Janet

    In the picture, it shows Christina kind enough to heil Pres. Bush.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolinelew

      Oh my Gawd!! Give me a break please.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. patty

    whatever!!! standing ovation!!! what the he** how dare those people commend her with an ovation for her flub up .... that misfit in this country fortunate to be making all the money she makes in her line of business ... she messed up big time....we have our men and women fighting for the freedoms we are so fortunate to have.....embarrassing idiot.........................dont insult our freedoms and one of those is to be proud of our anthem and know the words to the good ol USA.....

    February 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowbear40

      well don't c how she can b any more embarassing than our president going to othr countries and doing things to disrespect us so whats the difffernce..i would say being th president and putting us down in othr countries or embarassing us is WAY WORSE than any singer of the anthem..i bet he don't even know the national

      February 6, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. EvoDevo

    She'll never become a citizen now!

    February 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      She was born in New York, you know....

      February 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoDevo

      I demand to see her birth certificate. (sarcasm - again!)

      February 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • snowbear40

      well i don't c how she couldn't b a citizen is she was born and raised in N.Y...i just shake my head at those who don't know what they r talking about and r talking(typeing) just to hear themselves(watch themselves type)

      February 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • EvoDevo

      snowbear. Calm down. It was supposed to be a joke. I apologize. I guess it was a poor one. Please don't lose your faith in humankind because of me.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver


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  14. LindaLou

    That is because it is a dreadful anthem. The words are archaic and thus difficult to remember. The tune is an old English drinking tune. The musical range goes from very low to very high, few singers have such a range. Nevertheless, if you're going to sing it at the Super Bowl, you should practice.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • denise

      LindaLou shut up! How is it dreadful! Whintney Houston sung it the right way. Everything you said "The musical range goes from very low to very high, few singers have such a range. Nevertheless, if you're going to sing it at the Super Bowl, you should practice." She had range and she sung the notes right! Just because CA didn't sing it right does not make the song dreadful! I would to hear you sing it you idiot!!!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • LindaLou

      Denise –
      I get your point. Yes, others have sung it well, and as I said at the end, Aguilera should have practiced more. But I have in fact sung it publically because no one else at our church could do it, people with great voices and training, just couldn't do it. It is a tortuous song to sing and is often a real bummer to hear. Every year in high-profile situations, several decent singers flub the words and notes. The combination of a bad singer and a difficult song makes for groans instead of inspirtation.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeahB

      Check out Whitney Houston's rendition on Youtube, and you'll see its not horrible.

      February 6, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      One thing Aguilera does NOT lack for is skill. She is a terrific singer, and although I wasn't keen on how she chose to render the melody, the national anthem is not beyond her level of expertise. It was the words that she flubbed, which I would guess would be down to nerves or just not really knowing the song.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really???

      I have heard children of all ages & aging veterans sing our national anthem well. It is the overly ambitious singers without the sense to confine themselves to the actual tune that flub the song badly. The language used in the anthem is below high school level & it is a short song with only 8 sentences. This is not rocket science level stuff!

      February 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicken

      Bring back Whitney. Even brain-damaged, that woman could still belt that one out.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. protogere

    True or not, Deion Sanders is saying it was a "remix" to help with time constraints.
    How do you "remix" the National Anthem? I mean how does anyone even think to themselves, well if we butcher ... errr remix the National Anthem, we'll have an extra 20 seconds to do the flyover the closed roof.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      The fourth and fifth words of your post contain your answer!

      February 6, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
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