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. yerrrelp

    how many millions of dollars was she being paid to sing the national anthem? If you got a massive gig like that, you get the words right. If you are an international multi-platinum performer you get the words right. It's ok, she did a better job than all of the black eyed peas put together, and they had autotune...

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

      Actually the "talent" at the Super Bowl is just paid expenses – they do it for the exposure.

      Anyway the National Anthem should be "Sweet Home Alabama"...

      February 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Diane

    As an American living overseas, one of the proudest things to hear is the National Anthem. She was a highly-paid entertainer, and as such, as a duty to ensure she knows the words and melody of the Anthem. Why nobody these days can seem to sing the Anthem as it was written is beyond me, each "performer" has to try and fiddle with it. Have some pride and respect for your country and at least sing it properly.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. KC

    I can't beleive the person who wrote the article didn't write about Christina's biggest and most offensive mistake in the song. She messed up at the end of the song – instead of singing Gave proof through the night that our Flag was still there she said "Plane" was still there NOT FLAG!!!!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Planojohnmac

    Dumb blonde...

    February 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Whitney Houston

    NFL keeps hiring these bimbos to flub the anthem...for real?...Nobody has done it better than soon as I get out of rehab I want my job back!!!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TT

    I think it was one of the best renditions of the anthem that I've ever heard, regardless of a extremely minor mistake with the lyrics. Her heart was 200% behind it!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fadeinlight

    at least she didn't grab her crotch. Well, with her it wouldn't have been so bad...I'm sure she's embarassed as Hell. The part that she did sing, she did well. I think Whitney Houston still has the best performance ever...

    February 6, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ChipG

    Aguilera did complete hack job. Even if the words were correct, she mangled the melody. I have always taken issue withimprovisation / interpretation of our national anthem. Aguilera not only did a amateurish job of interpretation but she couldn't even sing on key. A disgrace thru and thru

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

    I'd still like to motorboat her boobies...

    February 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brad relax people. she may be full of herself, but she knows more of the words than most of us.

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

    I can't believe people are making excuses for her. She's supposed to be a professional singing the national anthem at the biggest sporting event of the year and she can't be bothered to learn the lyrics? Are you serious?

    There's no excuse for that. If it was some ordinary schmuck off the street I could understand blanking out under the pressure, but this is what she does for a living. Epic fail.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TDS

    I thought that Lea Michelle did a fine job in her performing of America The Beautiful. She should have done the anthem.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Todd Lewis

    That awful song is highly over-rated.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brown

    This morning I asked her to shave the kitty. Oh no! She wouldn't have any of that ... and that is why her performance
    suffered so much!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Texan921

    She SUCKED! The whole game was a joke. So glad it's over, maybe now the D/FT.W area can focus on news again. The commercials were not up to par from years past, and while BEP's did okay, they were lacking, tto.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donovan Sanchez

      Your team lost huh?

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