Christina Aguilera Fumbles National Anthem Lyrics at Super Bowl XLV: How Bad Was It?

Get More: Commentary

Holy melisma, Super Bowl watchers! Christina Aguilera messed up the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” right before kickoff of the Green Bay-Pittsburgh game. At the moment where the “Dirrty” singer was supposed to be belting “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” she reverted back to a variation on the previously sung “what so proudly we watched, at the twilight’s last reaming.” Whoops! As my friend Drew remarked, “Wait, she’s not secretly Canadian, right?” Negative, sir! Maybe this was just some kind of poorly conceived viral marketing campaign for Don’t Forget the Lyrics? Making matters worse: That shot of stony faced U.S. troops stationed in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan that immediately followed the flub. Oh to be a fly on the wall of those soldiers minds. (A+ juxtaposition, crafty Fox editing-booth employee!)

Whatever the case may be, I can’t help but die inside (just a little) for the Artist Occasionally Known as Xtina. I mean, here’s a recording artist with the actual ability to sing live, coming off a massive 2010 flop with her album Bionic, and all anyone’s going to be able to remember about her performance is her Super-sized fumble. Then again, at least girlfriend wasn’t lipsynching!

Where do you think this ranks on the Celebrity Shame-o-Meter? Share your thoughts, feelings, and condolences below.



Comments (214)

  • What a mess! She just needs to retire!

    Comment by Rolfe – February 6, 2011 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. One thing I HATE about her is she is ALWAYS trying to break some damn sound record. JUST SING NORMAL CHRISTINA!!!! Stop trying so hard to get back into spotlight… well you indeed acheived your spot back in spotlight actually but it was the WRONG one. Maybe you shouldnt SCREAM in every song you sing!!!!

      Comment by Brandi Sullivan – February 6, 2011 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And how can you mess lyrics at a time like that?!!? I blame you for Steelers loss. I think you are the one who got there pride down to win the Superbowl.

        Comment by Brandi Sullivan – February 6, 2011 08:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Somebody give this guy a medal….. :D
          It was a shame to America. A funny thing though is that when we had a Canadian sing the National Anthem it turned out to be the best performance ever.

          Comment by Davis Field – February 7, 2011 01:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am a musician and I think that Christina is amazing. She made a mistake and covered it well. I think we should all give her a break. Maybe she was a bit nervous or not feeling well but I personally will ways love her voice. I only wish I had an amazing voice like that.

      Comment by Terry – February 8, 2011 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think FORGET THE CELEBRITIES. Get a Young teenager with an exceptional voice. *there are plenty out there) Get the kids involved and you’ll hear a Clear Melody well articulated and interesting to watch. I would watch just to see Who the child is of the year……….At the same time if this preformer has such a talent, he or she just might be discovered. I’m all for talent and Not for an already BIG STAR. They always want to do their version and usually screw it up.\

      Yours truly Irene Purdy Torrance Chateauguay Quebec Montreal P.Q
      Canada

      Comment by irene purdy Torrance – February 14, 2011 08:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The flub was the worst of it, but none of it was good, imo. I’m tired of celeb diva singers turning the National Anthem into their own “vibe”.. yech.

    Comment by Sharon – February 6, 2011 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Couldn’t agree more!

      Comment by Dawn – February 6, 2011 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was the worse rendition of the National Anthem I have ever heard. It was bad enough she screwed up the words but just screamed instead of singing. Why couldn’t she just sing the damn song…. Terrible.

      Comment by billy vincent – February 6, 2011 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I totally agree! Shame on those who invited her.

        Comment by Roald – February 7, 2011 01:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Roseanne Barr’s terrible version is no longer the worst!! She might have sung off-key but at least she knew the words!!

        Comment by Linda – February 7, 2011 09:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I find it insulting and unpatriotic when singer decide to add their own melody to the National Anthem. What’s next? We make up our own words to the Pledge of Allegiance? We add a party hat to the Statue of Liberty? Sheesh.

      Comment by Ghost of Kelly Clarkson – February 7, 2011 03:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • We already did. “Under God” was not in the original.

        Comment by Louanne – February 7, 2011 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • at least that was a change for the better

          Comment by blah – February 7, 2011 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • There’s actually been four modifications to the pledge of allegiance.

            Three were for concision and clarity, the fourth was added by the same Christian Extremist who made In God We Trust our national motto instead of E Pluribus Unum.

            Anybody who doesn’t believe in the separation of Church and State needs to read the judiciary act of 1789.

            Either way, lyrics + melody + intonation make a song, and she f***ed up all of them!

            Comment by jon – February 8, 2011 05:38 AM PDT  
    • Could we just get someone to sing the anthem AS WRITTEN!! It’s as though they can’t find the melody. Give me a break. The messed up lyrics were the least of her problems. I too, wondered if she were Canadian…………..

      Comment by apolonia – February 7, 2011 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am canadian, and I totally agree that “celeb Diva’s” seem to blow it.

      Comment by Julia Bell – February 7, 2011 03:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I couldn’t agree more. Let’s start insisting on a certain level of respect for the tradition of singing the national anthem (and other traditional songs like hymns and carols). I was far more irritated at the approach to the performance than I was to the unfortunate lyric flub. If you want to show that a song means something to you, it’s usually better to be more introspective about it that to amp up the volume and ornamentation. I guess with 16 bazillion people watching, the temptation may be powerful to “kill it.”

      I actually like Christina Aguilera in general, and think she has a great voice and sense of pitch. She is not the worst or only Star Spangled Banner offender by any means. I’m equally enraged by the opera singers who over-dramatize the thing.

      Comment by Ed – February 8, 2011 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Xtina sucked. Forgetting the lyrics was a minor fumble, compared to the way she butchered the melody. A little melisma is fine, but don’t rewrite the melody, unless you are good at it.

    Comment by Vada – February 6, 2011 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was pretty bad. Poor Christina.

    Comment by Michelle – February 6, 2011 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • poor Christina?? She has no one to blame but herself. Anyone could mess up the lyrics, but completely changing(destroying/trashing/obliterating) the melody? She thought she was more important than the anthem. She isn’t.

      Comment by sara – February 6, 2011 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I always think of myself first, family second, friends third….
        coutry the 31st…. anthem the 1056987th.
        She IS more important. Celebrities: 17th.

        Comment by Me – December 15, 2011 10:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I knew when it was announced that she would sing she would butcher the melody but I wasn’t expecting her to butcher the lyrics too. It’s forgivable when it’s a young, nervous kid. She’s been in this business far too long for it to be a cute little flub.

    Comment by Jennifer – February 6, 2011 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She thought it was all about her, instead of just singing the National Anthem, she thought she was more important. She should have studied t he words first. Its not like she is not used to singing in front of crowds, what an idiot.

      Comment by billy vincent – February 6, 2011 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I shudder to believe, but simply must, that these butcherings of traditional songs and hymns of any kind, much less this our National Anthem, is meant as a slap to convention, long held tradition, and a respect for the greatest culture ever to emerge from social darkness and economic oppression. Music is suffering a choking death from this kind of noise. Thank God for the oldies, moldy as they may be.

        Comment by Jan Robinson – February 7, 2011 05:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • “greatest culture ever to emerge from social darkness & economic depression?” ARE YOU SERIOUS???!!!
          Typical American. Might have went to school but doesn’t have a clue about any other country but your own. You guys need to start educating yourselves on other cultures. Oh I forgot- you are the only ones that matter.

          Comment by Jane – February 7, 2011 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Wow, bitter much? Typical of many people living in our country today, who reap the benefits of residency here while spouting their hatred of everything “American”. The previous poster said nothing negative about another country or culture, they were simply showing pride in their country…
            Let’s see…either you are not an American but you are living here because it’s the BEST country to live in (even though you hate it here), or you ARE an American and are simply a bitter person who thinks you are better than everyone else…which is correct?

            Comment by Wow – February 7, 2011 01:34 PM PDT  
          • You are ridiculous. You dont like this amazing country then get the f*** out of it. Your not going to get special treatment cause your from another country or a different race. You live here obviously so either accept our traditions and pride or leave. That simple.

            Comment by Christopher – February 8, 2011 06:58 AM PDT  
  • How embarrassing. The National Anthem is not a song that is to be re-arranged. It’s not American Idol – it’s the biggest freaking spectacle on TV. Maybe now she will disappear again

    Comment by Banan – February 6, 2011 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im not even American, and I think that was bad.

    Comment by João Amaral – February 6, 2011 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • and disrespectable.

      Comment by João Amaral – February 6, 2011 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • disrespectable

      Comment by João Amaral – February 6, 2011 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Jeez Louise…it’s disrespectful

        Comment by Linderella49 – February 6, 2011 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • ye i know, i noticed i was wrong after posting.

          Comment by João Amaral – February 7, 2011 03:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m with you. This was the worst! I’m from Canada and go to a lot of sporting events where the US anthem is sung along with the Canadian anthem. Never have I heard it sung incorrectly — and in this case the singer needs to know both! High pressure or not, it isn’t acceptable. Please, keep her — we don’t want her to sing up this way!

      Comment by teika – February 8, 2011 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Poor Christina nothing. She should not have been chosen for this.

    Comment by Amanda – February 6, 2011 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey, no one will ever butcher the anthem like Macy Gray. But yes, I’m a little bummed for Xtina too.

    Comment by AprilD – February 6, 2011 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You forget Roseanne Barr. She didn’t just butcher, she destroyed it.

      Comment by Nicole – February 6, 2011 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Roseanne Barr never claimed to be a singer!

        Comment by bev – February 7, 2011 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I see “rehab” in her future.

    Comment by Christina – February 6, 2011 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was amazing. Yeah she messed up, but people need to get off of their high horses and stop hating. What good does it do anyway?

    Comment by Jonathan – February 6, 2011 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hating?? Um this is the most played song in the United States…it is played before every pro-sporting event. The woman should have been able to get the lyrics right if nothing else. Evan Rosanne knew all the lyrics.

      Comment by unlfan81 – February 6, 2011 05:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First a bomb movie, divorce, weight gain, then messing up America’s most beloved song before the most beloved sporting event of the year. She needs to go into hiding.

    Comment by Downward Spiral – February 6, 2011 04:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Burlesque didn’t bomb. Check the sales. It was made with $55 million and earned back nearly $40 million in the US alone with just box office sales. I wouldn’t call that a bomb.

      Comment by Miranda – February 7, 2011 06:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • actually…that’s considered a bomb

        Comment by Ari – February 7, 2011 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • based on it’s production cost and Promo and Advertising expenses, it was a major bomb.

        Comment by phil – February 7, 2011 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe instead of having these recording “stars” sing the National Anthem, they should have some group of kids who know the words.

    Stop letting them do their owns arrangments too!

    Comment by Moviefan2 – February 6, 2011 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree about groups of kids – there is a great video on Utube of four girls – Cactus Cuties – that sing the National Anthem leaps and bounds better than Xtina did.

      Comment by Kelly – February 7, 2011 04:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a joke She is a disgrace. WOW I would. have chosen Jim Corneilson he knows the words and songs with respect for our. country’s anthem

    Comment by Marsha – February 6, 2011 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Super Bowl is on Fox……So why weren’t they shamelessly promoting the winner of American Idol from last year? Cmon Fox – You missed the boat on that one……..

    Comment by Lee Hung – February 6, 2011 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nobody remembers or cares about last year’s winner (just look at his… it was a guy, right?… album sales.)

      Comment by ThatBob – February 6, 2011 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • His name is Lee DeWyze and he has sung the NA twice and did a great job treating it with respect. His sales are not good but his CD is great and he wrote all but one song. There are rock ballads, upbeat songs, acoustic guitar songs and one jazz style song. Just like America- all interested when he was on Idol and now when he needs support by buying his cd instead of voting-where are these people? I saw him on the Idol tour and he was great and also interacted with fans after the show-signing autographs and posing for photos. What I really like is that he is very humble and VERY APPRECIATIVE of his fans. He is a class act and says he writes his songs for people to relate to in their own lives not for himself. He was supposed to sing the NA at the NFC game but the superstitious Chicago fans wanted that Jim guy who sings at Chicago Blackhawk games-you see what good that did-I hate that opera crap. Lee sang at halftime instead and did a great job. I am tired of rude, drug-addicted, alcoholic performers who wear crazy outfits to distract from their poor singing much of which has foul language. Classy, passionate performers who sing, play and write their own material are considered boring but they are the true artist. I would have much preferred to hear Lee’s NA instead of that mess sung by someone who appeared to be either intoxicated or heavily medicated. At the NFC chanpionship, MS. Martina McBride sang a beautiful NA stright up-no riffs or runs- guess what? She is one classy lady- I have seen her in concert.

        Comment by Brenda Russell – February 8, 2011 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Forget, AI, why didn’t they have the kids from Glee?

      Comment by Mooshki – February 6, 2011 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Glee was represented just before the National Anthem. America the Beautiful was sung by a Glee singer. At least I recognized that song compared to xtina.

        Comment by forrest – February 6, 2011 09:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can think of someone who would’ve been perfect to sing the National Anthem and his initials are AFL :-) Heard him sing it a time or 2 and he was amazing! Just sayin’…………..

    Comment by Cheryl – February 6, 2011 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i do agree with u

      Comment by Maryse – February 6, 2011 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree about AFL.. I think he should make different videos singing the NA and they can be shown and played on the big screen before professional games. That would insure versions that are not only vocally beautiful and correct, but with all the words performed correctly and respectfully, true to Francis Scott Key.

      Comment by Marian – February 6, 2011 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The last thing the Star Spangled Banner needs is that fat loser singing it while simulating sex with a background dancer.

      Comment by ThatBob – February 6, 2011 06:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yet you know who he is…

        Comment by kryssyess – February 7, 2011 01:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Had to look up the initials to be sure, as it happens, although the delusional nature of the first post and follow ups just smelled of sparklecow. Fans of real stars don’t waste their time in lame attempts at promotion like that.

          Comment by ThatBob – February 8, 2011 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Hehe. As long as he sang it well. I think it might enliven the proceedings a bit.

        But on a serious note, I loved the way he sang it at the Miramar AFB. No runs at all, but a beautiful, very respectful rendition.

        Comment by Teresa – February 7, 2011 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe she would have remembered the lyrics if she hadn’t been focusing quite so much on showing off with all the extra flourishes. I’m all for a little embellishment on the long notes towards the end, but melismas on every whole note made the whole thing a hot mess.

    Comment by Emmaline – February 6, 2011 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • (Whitney) Houston, we have a problem: melisma is soooo yesterday! Not to mention pretentious. Perhaps because of her anthem flubs and the subsequent media fallout, Christina actually did us all a favor by unintentionally but officially giving this tired, bombastic, over-the-top style of singing its long overdue retirement!

      Comment by Lynn – February 7, 2011 08:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • We can only hope! Maybe it’ll be like Janet’s boob flopping out and now we’ll finally get some respectful versions as a result.

        Comment by Ed – February 8, 2011 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is a time to perform, and there is a time to be respectful. Sing it straight or don’t sing it at all. Unbelievable.

    Comment by Elizabeth – February 6, 2011 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was terrible. Sorry, if you can’t remember the words, record the song. The singers are given that option. Second, I don’t mind some changes in the melody line but she wasn’t even in the same key half the time. I realize the tune was originally a British drinking song but I’m thinking even the Brits of the early 1800′s could have sung this better after a few pints.

    Comment by clover0310 – February 6, 2011 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • now, what the heck is a “melisma”….?

    Comment by godzilla_foil – February 6, 2011 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A melisma is a musical term defining a run of several notes over the course of one word or syllable. Basically holding the world ‘wave,’ and singing a whole bunch of notes before you stop the word.

      Comment by Allyson – February 6, 2011 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thanks godzilla–I didn’t know either, but this blog thread was so amusing in a mean-spirited way I looked up melisma on google: a technique used in early spiritual and religious rites to induce a hypnotic trance in the listener. What my girlfriend says I look like when I watch sports on tv.

      Comment by recordsteve – February 7, 2011 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, including during the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals.

    Comment by sooth-sayer – February 6, 2011 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do we think the lyrics of a song equals national pride? Sorry, no, it doesn’t. It’s not insulting to the troops. Do they really care? No, they care about living and their families. Not an anthem. Ridiculous.

    Comment by Thom – February 6, 2011 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do you know any soldiers? I do, and I know that they do care that people love their country enough to remember the words to the National Anthem. They’re at war, possibly giving their LIVES to protect a country that some people apparently don’t care that much about. Knowing the National Anthem doesn’t mean that you care, but if you DON’T know it, you can’t actually have that much respect for the country and what it stands for. Do you think that makes them feel like what they’re doing is worth it?

      Comment by Amanda – February 6, 2011 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um, I’m a military spouse, and my husband does care about the National Anthem. In fact, most of his fellow soldiers do. It’s about the flag and the people they protect with their lives.

      Soldiers and their families are often the most patriotic people you will meet.

      Comment by Anne – February 6, 2011 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Anne, please tell your husband thank youfor all he does. And bless you and your family; military spouses rule. (My mother-in-law was one.)

        Comment by Elizabeth – February 6, 2011 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree with you, my husband is on deployment and everytime I hear the national anthem I feel a sense of pride. Most military families are very patriotic and for a singer to not remember the words on live television is disgusting and insulting. (just my thoughts)

        Comment by Ebbie – February 6, 2011 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree as well, and all the darn screaming and hollering… what a terrible performance. Then she had the nerve to wave and smile at the end like she did a good job. I would be so ashamed.. as a matter of fact I am :(

          Comment by Janell – February 6, 2011 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 46 percent of soldiers don’t know the lyrics to our national anthem. trust me… i served.

            Comment by jordan maas – February 7, 2011 12:05 AM PDT  
    • My dad is a vet and he cares about the words of the song. He was willing to give his life for this country and for the freedom that this country provides all of us and the words do mean something and not taking the time to learn the words correctly is very disrespectful.

      Comment by Kelly – February 7, 2011 04:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Even if she had remembered the lyrics, it still would have been a terrible performance. I don’t understand peoples’ aversion to singing the National Anthem the way it was written. Your moment of stardom is not the same moment that we’re supposed to be showing respect for our country. When/if I hear a pop star sing the Star-Spangled Banner the way that it was intended to be sung, with no melody changing or extra embellishments, I will forever be a fan.

    This sounds like it was written by my father, but I’m actually a 23 year-old female college student, and I have always felt this way about the National Anthem.

    Comment by Amanda – February 6, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, just got the help of the good book (dictionary) and found out that’s exactly (the word in English for) what I hate the most about all these female singers of today, and American Idol. And the air-drawing finger that usually accompanies the feat.

    Comment by godzilla_foil – February 6, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Your overreacting gur, it wasn’t that bad.

    I have a new respect 4 Christina Aguilera she has the balls 2 sing live the NA in front of millions of people flub the lyrics & handled it like a pro.

    Comment by Angel – February 6, 2011 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that’s just it, the whole thing was so very unprofessional.

      Comment by bev – February 7, 2011 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel sorry for her. No one WANTS to flub up the national anthem… on television… on the biggest television event of the year. Poor girl.

    Comment by Emmit West – February 6, 2011 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And, it’s “the twilight’s last gleaming” (reflected light), not reaming! Yikes – a little melisma isn’t bad, but c’mon, every freakin’ vowel?

    Comment by Anne – February 6, 2011 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, that was just sad. It’s never a good sign when you cringe from beginning to end of a performance. And, there was just no redeeming it. That was a big old 10 on the Celeb Shame-O-Meter, my friends.

    Comment by Nicole T. – February 6, 2011 04:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with everyone who felt it was disrespectful to treat our national anthem like it was an Idol audition. In honor of our troops they should skip the divas and have a military choir sing.

    Comment by Rae – February 6, 2011 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not only is that super embarrassing, but more than that, it was just poorly performed. Why must everyone singing the national anthem have to drag along every syllable like they’re performing in the semi-final rounds on Idol? This isn’t your next single, Christina, so simplicity should be key.

    Comment by Dirk – February 6, 2011 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Was wishing they were just playing the Whitney version on tape the whole time listening to that mess. Terrible on many levels.

    Comment by Andrew – February 6, 2011 05:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I would have much preferred to hear Adam Lambert sing our national anthem, but at least Christina was NOT lipsynching as so many other performers are these days. Let’s give her a break, we’d be nervous, too!

    Comment by Divva – February 6, 2011 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had hoped she wouldn’t do her vocal theatrics but she did, and then to totally mess up the words..well, it was not good. Carrie Underwood was missed!

    Comment by muspirit – February 6, 2011 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • http://www.moonbattery.com/roseanne_barr_national_anthem.jpg

    wait – maybe they did

    Comment by bringbackroseanne – February 6, 2011 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why didn’t they just let Lea Michele sing the anthem? She did beautifully with her song. Xtina was just wrong with the whole thing!

    Comment by Becca – February 6, 2011 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There is all sorts of talk about Christina Aguilera messing up a couple of lines in the National Anthem, but the fact of the matter is that she screwed it up long before she got to the ramparts. If she hadn’t been so concerned about putting her ‘spin’ on it, maybe she would have remembered the words like a true professional singer should.

    Comment by Brent – February 6, 2011 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Singers of the National Anthem, and other songs during pre-game sporting events need to get through them as quickly as possible because the fans are there for the GAME not the singers nor the pre-game singing.

    Comment by me – February 6, 2011 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish the famous singers would stop making the anthem about them. It’s not about you, just sing it with respect people. I didn’t even recognize what she sang as our anthem. Worst Super Bowl anthem effort… ever

    Comment by katie – February 6, 2011 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Forgetting the lyrics is forgivable….it can happen to anyone. But completely destroying the melody because you think your ability to run scales is more impressive?? That’s unforgivable. I’m getting really tired of singers who feel they have to add flourishes to the national anthem. The song is difficult enough to sing as it is. Just stick to the melody and sing it well!

    Comment by Jamie – February 6, 2011 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a total Outrage! Nothing this disrespectful has EVER happened on this most memorable night!
    I think something should be done about the guy that Pulled her outfit and exposed her nipple as well!!!

    Huh???…..

    Wrong Superbowl?…..Er Oops…
    Nevermind! ☺

    Comment by Don – February 6, 2011 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For the record, Lea Michele also messed up her lyrics to “Oh, Beautiful”. She sang “For purple mountains majesty” instead of “For purple mountain majesties”

    Comment by Xqzmoi – February 6, 2011 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Check the lyrics again Xqzmoi – The song is titled, “America the Beautiful,” and the correct words are “For purple mountain majesties.” Although many people make the mountain plural, it is singular and always has been since the author was inspired to write the poem after viewing Pike’s Peak.

      Comment by clover0310 – February 6, 2011 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um… the title is “America The Beautiful,” not “Oh, Beautiful.”

      Comment by ThatBob – February 6, 2011 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Apparently someone in Vegas won 120k on a bet that she would mess up the lyrics. She needs to lay off the booze.

    Comment by Kaiulani – February 6, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ……so she was in on the bet right? Just think, we’re still talking about it so once again, there is no bad publicity as far as celebrities are concerned.

      Comment by forrest – February 6, 2011 09:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • And no one mentioned she was from Pittsburgh, either, thank goodness.

    Comment by Jodi – February 6, 2011 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How much do I Love this website!! And yes I didnt understand of the stuff coming out of her mouth. And Lea wasnt so great her self… But lets all agree the half time show was AWFUL I mean AWFUL!

    Comment by Joanne – February 6, 2011 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AWFUL! Although the element of effort gets a plus, the rest, all of it, right down to USHER diving in with that knee crotch spandex romper suit. We aren’t THAT SPACED OUT, at least not yet! Bring back Willie Nelson when Texas is the host state, at least we can sing along.

      Comment by Jan Robinson – February 7, 2011 05:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So she messed up and said Thank You….tacky. I think she was to busy worrying about the “show” and not enough on the “technical”

    Comment by Robin – February 6, 2011 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought she sounded great, as usual. So she messed up the words. Big deal.

    The halftime show on the other hand. I mean, visually it was nice, but Fergie is just awful live, and so is Usher. Black Eyed Peas are too old to be doing this, honestly. They’re the ones who should just retire, not Christina.

    Comment by Justin – February 6, 2011 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It absolutely is a big deal. We’re not talking about “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” here. It’s the American National Anthem, for crying out loud! Sing it right or don’t sing it at all.

      Comment by Caiman – February 6, 2011 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Amen, Caiman!

        Comment by Elizabeth – February 6, 2011 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Still don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Should she have got the lyrics right? Yea. But she didn’t. Whatever. Move on. People make mistakes.

          Comment by Justin – February 6, 2011 07:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Got to say, I wouldn’t care in the least if Celine Dion messed up the Canadian National Anthem (I’m Canadian btw). But then again I’m not overly critical.

          That’s coming from a Canadian proud of her roots. So Christina messed up, get over it.

          Comment by Miranda – February 7, 2011 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • as far as the Black Eye Peas, didn’t we just see this on New Year’s Eve? Different locale, more dancers, but the entrance was the same, pretty much the same montage. Not all that great from what I could tell.

      Comment by forrest – February 6, 2011 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was bad – but on top of that, did anyone else think she looked like cyndi Lauper?

    Comment by Trista – February 6, 2011 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ha! That’s exactly what my brother-in-law said.

      Comment by Annie – February 6, 2011 08:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wasn’t paying close attention to the words she was singing because I was too busy cringing over how badly she was overworking the vocals. I don’t know why many of these ‘artists’ have to force a the National Anthem when their singing skills would be best shown through doing it as intended. Even worse that she lost track of the lyrics.

    Comment by Leah – February 6, 2011 06:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What a shame! Sucks when celebrities sing a National Anthem and making it their own. Tsk tsk…

    Comment by Anna – February 6, 2011 06:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You are all nasty people! A bunch of haters who relish when others mess up.

    Comment by Ioanna – February 6, 2011 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She absolutely slaughterd one of the best national anthems. We’re not haters we’re just telling the cold truth. It was DISGRACEFUL!!!

      Comment by fastpoose – February 6, 2011 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She absolutely slaughterd one of the best national anthems. We’re not haters we’re just telling the cold truth. It was DISGRACEFUL!!!

      Comment by fastpoose – February 6, 2011 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

Leave a Reply

Comments on TVLine.com are monitored. So don't go off topic, don't frakkin' curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s