July 11th, 2012
01:46 PM ET
Aside from “Happy Birthday” - and, let’s face it, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me, Maybe" - “The Star-Spangled Banner” is one of the nation’s most familiar tunes. Yet singers have long scribbled the lyrics on their palms, and it seems Luke Bryan has followed suit.
The country singer appeared to glance at his hand while singing the national anthem at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. And some media outlets and YouTube videos caught on.
"Morning everyone. I really wanna explain the national anthem performance from last night," Bryan tweeted on Wednesday. "I had a few keys words written down to insure myself that I wouldn't mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart. If I offended anyone with my approach I sincerely apologize. Anytime I sing the anthem it is an honor and my heart beats out of my chest."
He continued: "I did check my watch because I knew the stealth bomber would fly over 2 minutes in and I knew a started a little late. Being a part of the all star game was amazing and I look forward to the next time I can perform the anthem. Thanks y'all. Love ya."
What do you think? Was Bryan's cheat sheet OK? Or would he have been better off winging it, and possibly joining the ranks of Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera and the many other singers who’ve flubbed the national anthem?
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