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. East Coast Mike

    Yes, she screwed up the words...but the ones she got right sounded horrible too.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Know what? Christina got the "waving at everyone and smiling part down right". Its all about you isn't it Christina? If you can't memorize the national anthem and your profession is to entertain with singing, you should be forced to enlist into the Army and serve for a few deployments in Afghanistan. That was a shame and disgrace to all those who have died for this nation. What a joke. Think of all the fallen solders from the American Revolution to Afghanistan today... and then try to watch that poor excuse for a performance.....

    February 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dude

    Fergie effed the GnR tune as well. The Super Bowl pits the best teams against one another, companies work their butts off for awesome tv ads, why cant we have someone to sing the National Anthem and a descent halftime show with professional vocalists/bands.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Neo

    Great game, but this performance on the national anthem, as well as the entire half-time show was rather pathetic. Who picks these people?!

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

    I hope the Oakridge Boys, Lynard Skynard, Or Alabama does the half-time show next year...and maybe we can get Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston to sing the national anthem

    February 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rich

    How can ANYONE (even by being human) suck at singing their own national anthem. Its like forgetting who you are. That's pathetic. Really.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. domeunit

    I can't wait for a cold weather Super Bowl, that way the "entertainment" part is cut out

    February 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carla

    I am so there..not only did she mangle the the end she was screeching like nails on a chalkboard...and although the light show with the Black Eyed Peas was a nice is a shame what passes for music these days...No I am NOT too old...the music really does SUCK!

    February 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • outtatime

      I agree with you 100%. I'm not old at all. and I also feel and see the lack of true talent at all levels of music and film these days.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray Y

      Whn Slash was coming out of the floor I was hoping for Axle Rose also to make a showing. Then Fergie walked over and started singing a song about a woman. Sheesh!!! *Palm on forehead moment* Im 41 and young enough to know what good music is also... and that wasnt it.

      February 6, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. outtatime

    Where's Roseanne when you need her?? Oh, thats right in a corny Super Bowl ad. Need we say more???

    February 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Allen

    I spent nine years defending America and all her inhabitants; I know the history behind our anthem. Look it up in a book, about American history. And if the Canadians like it I think it’s great. If sung with patriotism it comes out right, you should have goose bumps.

    Go Army………………………………….. You go “Old Glory”.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Apple

    The poem written by Frances Scott Key tells the story of how brave men defended their fort from bombardment by the British Army. Even though these men were outnumbered they fought on. And by dawn's early light they did not surrender. I suggest that each of you visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore and then head to the Smithsonian to see the actual flag that flew so proudly over that fort. Maybe the music was from an old drinking song but the true words are powerful. This song is about America and our resolve to never give up.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MPL

    Hire get trash.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Moose

    Christina is hot, but was horrible tonight. What a loser.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. T

    I thought it was cindy Lauper that would explain it all.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. profart

    They needed Jim Cornelison. .

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