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. Anthony from Maryland

    I bet you that most Americans don't know the words of the song to let alone criticize someone else for singing it? Oh well, maybe next time it would not hurt to do it Karoke?

    February 7, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jorge washinsen

      Even if we don't know the words we know how it is suppose to be presented.If a person is incapable of singing it correctly don't try it at a national event.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. bama

    Geez, she is human after all. We all make mistakes. I am sure she wishes it was better. If anyone could do better, you get up in front of millions and sing your heart out. Then we can make comments about you. I couldn't do it, that's for sure.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. B. Slider

    Next year they should get ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER to sing it.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sabina

    Say what you will about Christina flubbing the lines; that girl sure can sing! And she was FAR BETTER than the dismal, awful half-time show. What a fright that was!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Name*mcisneros

    She's still the best finest performer in the world. Love.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. IceT

    Just once I'd love to hear someone sing it without trying to make it their own. She was to busy trying to art it up, showcasing herself rather than a reverent anthem of our nation.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff

    While I don’t really like much of her music I do think she generally has a good voice. Having said that, her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was a horror show. The notes she attempted to hit unnecessary, distracting, and annoying. As if that was not bad enough – forgetting the words? Really? You would think she would take the time to learn the freaking words before going on live TV in front of such a large audience.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Darth Cheney

    Lost in the attention over the lyrics flubs is the simple fact that screaming is not singing. She was god-awful.

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

    Don't you people have more important things to worry about...seriously.

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

    Please NFL/SuperBowl entertainment producers, please find someone who can respectfully sing The National Anthem! I have never heard anyone from our armed services massacre, jazz-up, or try to extend the actual length of the song.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Imam Zaman

    I don't think this should be an issue to discuss in the media. One could quietly advice the singer about the mistake and she should be very careful next time.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. SidNickels

    LOL... Unfortunate situation...

    February 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ashford

    @Randy, you should learn the difference between there and their before you make a negative comment about somebody who's living their life!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Aquagrump

    Here is some advice if you're ever asked to sing the National Anthem; sing it straight up. Don't try to stylize it. Hit the notes on key and on time and you'll do just fine. This advice holds true be it for little league or the super bowl.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Religious sects

    What would Simon Cowel say?!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
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