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

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.

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  1. Dave says:

    And still Faith Hill has one of the best renditions of all time.
    I dont mind if you want to show off your pipes a LITTLE but maintain the rythm geez – was just sad and whoever was the sound producer on the halftime show shuld never work again.

    Making people who CANNOT sing acapella sound like they were was horrid. I love fergie but she should not have tried to immitate Axel – she should have used her style and sang sweet child- would have been fine but man BEP rely on their music to be part of the song and youl couldnt hear the music….bummer. Whereas the WHO were awesome last year and I still like Aerosync

  2. Jeckel says:

    Yes, I had to rewind my PVR to double check those lyrics (as I live in New Zealand and we don’t hear it quite as often ;) I felt sorry for her at that moment but that was eventually overtaken by my disdain for her unnecessary warbling.

  3. Aj says:

    Tacky, tacky, tacky, it was all about Xtina,…… right down to accepting thanks for the crowds roar, which she somehow thought for for her performance. Smell the coffee little girl!

  4. vincentdante says:

    somewhere after the first flub, lawyers with vivid video were trying deperately to secure the title.

  5. Carm says:

    She probably made the mistake because she changed the melody so much. But that is what it was a mistake. It is great that so many of you have never made mistakes or ever embarrassed yourselves in any way. Good for you.

  6. Bob says:

    She obviously thought everyone came to the stadium to see her……..and as a kicker, they would get to watch a football game.

  7. Bob says:

    She obviously thought everyone came to the really giant concert hall to hear her sing………and as an added benefit, they would get to see a football game.

  8. David says:

    Out of 45 times the song has been sung at the Super Bowl, this ranks #45 which means her rendition is fit for the Toilet Bowl. If the had concentrated one thousandth on the lyrics instead of how many damn runs she could try to squeeze in, she MIGHT be able to get that rating up to #44. Uh, no, you get’s to stay in the crapper Ms. Pukeguleira. But, then again, that is a familiar place for you, isn’t it? To quote your own words, “That’s my $h!t, that’s my $h!t! Yes, yes it is yours…ALL YOURS.

  9. DJ says:

    WHO CARES!!!! It’s the Superbowl, *inser* not anything else that could possibly matter more.

  10. Charlie Raynor says:

    At the end of her horrific rendition she should have smiled and politely bowed her head. Did she think the cheers were for her? Saying “Thank you” was weird. What a narcissistic troubled dweeb she is. I guess she’s on my “no watch or listen” list now.

  11. SC says:

    Argh. What an embarrassment. Wasn’t long ago that if something like this had been done at a UK football event, the fans would have rioted. And perhaps rightly so.

  12. Tabla Rasa says:

    The National Anthem ought to be performed so that the performer is SECOND to it, not the other way around. I think too many singers are eager to “cover ” or make their own rendition of it rather than sing it. Too many egotistical celebrities want to make the performance about themselves rather than about our country. But who can tell what words she’s singing when she’s screaming through 10,000 more notes that don’t even exist in the song to begin with.

    Let’s not discuss nerves either. When you decide to be a PROFESSIONAL singer, you sign up for all that goes with it. She has performed so many times that nerves are no longer an issue.

    It is a Federal Crime to desecrate or destroy our nation’s flag, the same consequences should occur in order to defend our nation’s anthem. To destroy our nation’s anthem the way she did is absolutely treasonous.

  13. Chris says:

    At the risk of sounding like a broken record…Christina should probably never sing the national anthem again unless she agrees to sing the song as intended

    To carry that thought out a step further…how about some of these venues require their singers to sing the national anthem as intended. Not only is messing up the national anthem bad for the singer…it looks terrible on the venue too. A simple contract clause would make alot of these singers think twice before trying to make the national anthem “theirs.” It would hit them in the pocketbook. Mess up the national anthem – heck even sing it badly the way Christina did – and lose a percentage of your pay. You’re contracted to do a job – sing the national anthem. One of the most important songs to sing.

    Just a thought.

  14. MARIE SIMONEAU says:

    I was totaly disgusted with how Christine sang the National Anthem with all the talent out there thats the best they could come up with and the same goes for the half time show worst ever.Please next year give us someone who can sing the song that should give us goose bumps not make us sick to our stomach.And gives us a half time show with some real talent.

  15. Joanne says:

    Without looking it up. Do you any of you know the words to the National Anthem? I sure don’t.

  16. Are you all kidding? It’s a frikkin’ FOOTBALL GAME! Of NO importance whatsoever–in fact, a bloodsport that destroys it’s steroided athletes in gladiatorial combat.

    PUT DOWN the remote and PICK UP a kindle. Slow down the further dumbing down of America. Right now, you sing the anthem to yourself. I thought so. No wonder the rest of the world is overtaking us in every respect. Sheesh!

  17. Joanne smith says:

    I never ever ever get involved in things like this but… She surely didn’t mean to disrespect anyone, troops, vets or any proud American. She probably feels horrible as we know we are our own worse enemy when it comes to judging ourselves. so be it, this was a BIG BIG deal and the anthem means a great deal to most Americans and the one thing she shouldn’t of messed up… But knowing that was probably added weight on her shoulders. The song still means what it has always meant no matter what, nobody can take that away! Celebs get nervous, celebs get starstuck and celebs make mistakes, it comes along with being human. 
    And all about the “fluff” that’s how she sings, they should of asked someone who doesn’t sing like that OR asked her to tone down her style if that was going to offend people. They knew what they where getting when they asked her. Maybe be upset with those people that made that choice to have her there? 

    Isn’t this why the brave men and woman of the U.S. military leaves their families, not knowing if they will ever come home, lay their lives on the line and fought/fights for your freedom so you can be FREE to be humans and Live your lives the way you want and be able to fulfill your deams….mistakes and all? thank you service men and woman!!
    United we  stand….I guess that’s only true if you are perfect and make no mistakes because if your not perfect you will be called awful names( whore, dumb bitch, tramp, pig for example) and tell the fellow American how pathetic and worthless they are and don’t deserve to be an American anymore, is that what it takes that to be a true red blooded American?  
    wow, that seems like a pretty ancient cast off with her head way of thinking and not the freedom the brave fought for AND still continues to fight for. They fight so you ALL have a safe fair country with equal rights men, woman and children alike, other countries are not as fortunate. And I am sure she is grateful.   
    We shouldn’t be so hard on eachothers, as if ANYONE is perfect. Use your freedom of speech but not to belittle others, I don’t  believe that is what freedom of speech was meant for. If you can’t make a mistake without being ripped apart what kind of freedom do you really have.    
    Aah, Maybe I have it all wrong…

  18. Brenda Russell says:

    I did not like the comment about Lee DeWyze- he has sung the NA twice and did not flub his lyrics or sing a bunch of riffs. He was respectful to the song and sounded great. His record sales are not good but his CD is great. Too bad more people are not buying it-he wrote all but one song, there are rock ballads, acoustic guitar, upbeat songs, even a jazz style song. I don’t think you know much about Lee DeWyze. I saw him on the Idol tour-he was great and of course came out to sign autographs and take pictures as well as interact with fans. he was personable and friendly and VERY APPRECIATIVE. Too bad America will praise a singer who to me seemed to be on something when she sang the NA and the Black Eyed Peas who sounded bad. I guess people who do things the right way and have class are considered less than loud, rude people with crazy getups used to disguise their poor singing ability. By the way- Ms. Martina McBride was awesome with her NA at the AFC championship game- guess what?- another class act.

  19. HK says:

    omg i cant believe she did that, i know i shouldnt judge her since i cant sing worth crap but still. they shoulda got somebody who wouldnt try to sing it to their own kind of vibe ( she was screaming and trying to make it all fancy or something). i personally think they should have got carrie underwood or someone else to sing it..

  20. WIlson says:

    I’m Pretty sure it was more than a fumble

  21. Carl says:

    Worst Lyrics fumble ever. Im glad she wore her dumb blond costume it fit her for the occusion.

  22. Darth Revan says:

    This was terrible. I doubled over in pain at the sight of this lady absolutley bringing apocolypse to everything we hold dear, or at least the song that represents it. And she did it in front of those protecting what we hold dear! My dad walks in while i’m watching it and says, “do they have to screw this up EVERY year?” God, it was awful. Her voice was worse than the lyrics thingy. and on top, the black eyed peas did NOT help the already-crappy situation. I say we get a choir for the anthem and Three Days Grace/ Breaking Benjamin for the half time. Just sayin’