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. Lee

    Just another Bimbo botching the song.

    If you want it sung as it was meant to be, have a military chorus sing it.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • URJudgmentalJerks

      Lets hear you get out in front of the world and do it without making any mistakes... You'd probably pee your wittle pants....

      February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. itsjustme

    SSB is notoriously difficult to sing - it is often flubbed - and many vocal chorale groups use SSB as audition material.

    She was way out of tune, period - it sounded like Ms.Aguilera never stepped up to a mike before - and the Black Eyed Peas were just as bad.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. URJudgmentalJerks

    For all of the Aguilera haters.... are you perfect? If you were in front of the WORLD, would you do it perfectly every time? Don't be so quick to judge, you know you are human just like her and everyone makes mistakes! Get over it!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jen

    Snooki looks pretty good as a blonde.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Elaine

    Why is this news? Why are we celebrating what someone accidently got wrong? Criticizing? We do our best. That's all anyone can ask.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Luke Brown

    I am so sick of these "celebrities" making a mockery of our national anthem. That woman, Rosanne Barr, was the worst. If they can't memorize the words to the national anthem, I seriously question what kind of "talent" they have.

    Here's an idea. Let's go back to the old way, where everyone in the stadium sang the national anthem. Most of these people seem to take their national honor a bit more seriously. So glad to know that Miss Aguilara's incompetent performance was broadcast to millions all over the world, including our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. hannah smith

    hay christene if you are going to sing the star spangled banner sing it right its direpectful to ur soldiers

    February 7, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. A Proud American

    This just in from the CNN Entertainment desk....

    Sources close to Christina Aguilera has privately stated she plans on releasing an exciting new album, later this year, of classic American patriotic music. The album will feature such hits like, "My Eyes Have Seen The Coming of The Horde," "Proud to Be A Mexican," and this favorite, "I'm a Yankee Doodle and I'm Randy."

    February 7, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian K. Smith

    As hard as it is to believe from watching these celebrity morons butcher the National Anthem at every event, the Star-Spangled Banner actually has written, established music. If they would just sing it in the fashion, tone, and manner in which it was written and spend more time remembering the words instead of trying to soul it up and scream their way through it, it would be a much better performance. There is little else more disrespectful to to our country, its citizens, and those that serve it, than the disrespect shown through the butchering of our National Anthem.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    Why can't the NFL find someone that can sing a traditional rendition of the National Anthem? This was just horrible !

    February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. catlyn moore

    hat was up with you she did not mean it

    February 7, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Harry Pelosi

    Cameron Diaz was my favorite part – typical hypocritical LIBTARD.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Wes

    Who knew that Elvira could sing like that!!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. don

    so much money!! so much hype!! and not a particularly good sport!! .. football "soccer" requires more skill.. it is actually a better game..lots of big bellies in the NFL...during the half-time show were the players having a nap?..I was..

    February 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Danny

    I have been in many countries around the world in sporting events (usually where national anthems are used) and I have to say I have always found a bit odd that the only country where singers are allowed to change the musical interpretation of the anthem in USA. In all other countries no one will ever think of changing the rythm, tempo or interpretation of the anthem. In some countries it is even Illegal...

    February 7, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Sad isn't it?

      February 7, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
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