Luke Bryan wants to explain his All-Star Game performance...
July 11th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

Luke Bryan wants to explain his All-Star Game performance...

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."

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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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  6. KKB

    He only looked at his hand twice. He sounded great. He didn't sing the wrong words. He did a great job!!!

    July 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marguerite to Sokman

    Sokman's points are accurate however: if your chosen to sing the The Star-Spangled Banner you prepare and you sing that song right. cheat notes mean you are not prepared.it was fine but he was not prepared. the audience insanity will fade away its him they will remember...your are honored when you are asked to sing it whether it is for your high school reunion or in front of 50,000 people. my voice teacher use to say..get your ass out there and just do it.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Marguerite

    I don't give a rats ass about the audience–i care about the respect of the song.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marguerite

    the REALITY of the situation is...do it right or don't do it at all–apples and oranges.

    July 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sokman

    The bigger story here should be how the fans in attendance reacted to the song. Chiefs fans here in KC have a (rather embarrassing) tradition of, during the singing of the National Anthem, finishing the song with "and the home of the CHIEEEFS!". I was appalled when sure enough, as Bryan was closing the song, the ring of "CHIEEEFS!" went out over the stadium. Watch a YouTube video of it & you hear it clearly. They were too stupid or drunk to even realize they were at the wrong stadium I guess. I live in & love KC, but our sports fans are the laughing stock of the nation.

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  14. Marguerite

    oh..and i did sing it at a bar about 2 years ago on new years eve before we all went home, a bunch of guys from my neighborhood were there and asked me to sing it...LOLOL

    July 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marguerite

    i had to sing the song a couple of times in my life, a highschool football game, during 9/11 , was asked to come back and sing it again and at my highschool reunion. I was in the choir in grammar school and high school so i have minor knowledge of how to sing it.

    this particular song you have to practice singing it at least 10 times and practice for 2 weeks with a voice instructor to make sure your on pitch (if you want to be proud of it) -–

    you do not sing the star spangled banner with notes wriitten on your hands, if you fear stage fright then do not commit to this or have que cards on hand just in case.... this is a very serious and beautiful song.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  16. Leon David Peris

    he had a bad day.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
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  18. Jim Herrmann

    Luke was absolutely great. One of the best performances regardless how he pulled it off. And I loved the stealth bomber - smart move to check the timing.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  19. Salli W.

    I think it's fine that he basically used a "cheat sheet", but what it shows is his immaturity as a performer. A true professional will prepare accordingly so that they have the confidance to sing it without a hitch. I don't fault him, because I know it's one of the hardest songs to sing, but it just sheds some light on the fact that he's just "not quite there" yet.

    July 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jlf

    he did great cheat sheet or not! shows he had respect for the crowd and the song! i'm sure there isn't a singer who hasn't forgotten words to their own songs at one time or another!

    July 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Trindi C

    has anyone ever heard of STAGE FRIGHT? could YOU get up in front of a crowd like that and not make ANY mistakes? I commend Luke Bryan for what he did. He wanted to make sure that he did it perfectly....otherwise the american public and the military would possibly have crucified him

    July 11, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karren F

      I think Luke did an awesome job! I would think it is ALOT different singing your own songs over and over nightly than singing the National Anthem once in a blue moon--insuring he got the words correct obviously was very important to him and I think it was fine!! He was man enough to respond to the media about his reasons. Score 10 for Luke!

      July 11, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
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  24. Steph

    He did a great job. He performed the anthem like it should always sound – with the right melody and in tune. I see nothing wrong with it. The haters will hate no matter what.

    July 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. San Jose

    At least he didn't lip sing!

    July 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Peg

    I think Luke Bryan did a fine job. Whatever it takes to get the words right. He was very subtle in looking at his hand. Not a big deal.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Joanna

    If that is what it took in for him to remember the exact words, that is fine. I had rather him do that and sing it correctly than to disgrace the song and our country like the others mentioned. Believe it or not, it is a VERY difficult song to sing AND remember when thousands of eyes and ears are on you !

    July 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  28. John K

    Alright with me. Most Americans don't know the words unless they're written on the Jumbotron.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |

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