Aguilera enters 'twilight' zone at Super Bowl
February 6th, 2011
09:39 PM ET

Aguilera enters 'twilight' zone 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

"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.

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  1. tia

    I wonder how the people from the school of that little girl who received so much flack for her simple and beautiful version of the National Anthem feel... They should feel pretty bad for making that little girl feel bad for doing nothing wrong.. She knew every word and did not try to over sing everybody who has ever performed the song.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Fuller

    Christina is human, we ALL make mistakes. Let's see any one of you not be nervous singing in front of 100 million people!! She has a beautiful voice and it showed how passionate she was about the song and our country. I would much rather hear an uninhibited, passion-filled version that is a true testement to our forefathers than some safe, boring, sweet, perfect version. She definitely won me over for her efforts... Thanks Christina!!

    February 8, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. YoureAllABunchaLosers

    GET A LIFE all of you! Yes, the woman made a mistake. MOVE ON. People are dying in Egypt. Children are starving in other parts of the world, $&^#*, they are even in our own borders. Get off your a-ss and do something productive.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Storm

      Yes, but you're still reading a entertainment puff piece, and so are we. We're taking a break from things that matter to point out that a professional singer/pop star forgot to the lyrics to one of the most well-known songs. In the realm of embarrassment, that's pretty bad.

      January 18, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • is this storm field the weather man

      from eyewitness news? hahaha

      January 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Foxkin

    Well at least she isn't Canadian.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alice

    I don't understand why the producers of big events such as the Super Bowl have singers "shriek" the National Anthem. I turned off my TV before she goofed the words....I would have been more upset had I heard that. The National Anthem is to be played with respect and dignity, not screamed with the wrong words. We are losing patriotism in our country, and this was a good example. Do away with the "screamers" and just play the National Anthem, hopefully by a military band. If the attending public wants to sing along, so be it. At least no one will be "screaming" it.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rich R

    I I could never figure out why we see the need to embellish our national anthem. I don't see other countries making a spectacle of their national anthems. Why would they. It's a national anthem folks. Treat it as such. We're embarrassing ourselves in front of the rest of the world.

    February 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FaithLynette

    I surely hope she wasn't paid for her 'butchering' the "real" world...when you're hired to do a job, and you do it incorrectly ~ you either don't get paid for it, or it's demanded that you do it over...since she can't do it over...I hope she didn't get a cent... PATHETIC...AND DISRESPECTFUL NOT ONLY TO EVERY AMERICAN...BUT ESPECIALLY TO EVERY BRAVE MAN/WOMAN THAT HAS SERVED (OR 'IS' SERVING) OUR GREAT COUNTRY...a disgrace...I'd rather them flash the words up on the stadium screen and let the crowd sing the ANTHEM...I would LOVE to hear that...I bet it would very emotional/touching...

    February 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeanette R. Sainz

    The National Anthem is taught in kinder through high school. Everyone should know that song!!!!! It is Un-American not to know The National Anthem!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Di

    song should be sung by former football player

    February 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SnowedIn

    Forget the fact she forgot the lines, the performance was horrible.
    I barely recognized the song. She butchered it worse than Roseanne Barr.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pete

    I agree with Brolan (2:03pm). The performance is about the song, not the singer, it is a great *question*, 'Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave?'. Personally I prefer a performer who sings the melody smoothly, rather than as a warble (I suspect in many cases the warble masks an inability to follow the melody), most of the screw-ups seem to occur with performers who try to warble up and down the scale, or over-emphasize the high-note (' . . . land of the free'), and become distracted from the lyrics losing their place.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Texasnative

    I didn't watch the ball game for many reasons, and am so tired of hearing this lousy singing rendition of our Nation's National Anthem over and over again on the news channels. Her performance was a total disgrace to our country, our traditions and citizens. Sure, it's a difficult song, but if you can't handle the range, be smart enough not to perform in public. There are many good musicians who can handle the challenge. This is just another poor display of "super bowl" blunders.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    She was too busy with vocal gymnastics to remember the words.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. George Sales

    We all learned the words to our national anthem in grade school. Most intelligent people have committed the words to memory. If you are going to forget the words, maybe you should just stick to the original melody and not try to put "your personal ego stamp" on it. Also,the producers should have known better than to let her screw with the original !!

    February 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jerry

    I would love to see one of these big time singers step up to the mic and invite the entire audience to stand up and join them in singing the National Anthem with them, the way it's supposed to be sung!

    February 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tom

    Here, listen to this. Maybe it'll enlighten those who need to hear how the anthem should be sung. And for others, help remove the lingering after-effects from the bimbo's botched job.


    Imagine what the superbowl moment would have been like with a performance like this. A moment of national pride instead of national embarassment.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. karen

    How sick is all this? You love the country and the anthem but hate this woman because she made an error? Or, more likely, you are jealous of her or just very very unhappy. The woman made an error. To err is human, to forgive devine. So, get over it. As to the national anthem, many people don't know the words, with it's high and low notes it's very difficult for most people to sing and, frankly, I think it's ugly...."The bombs bursting in air...." Gee, what a nice song....

    February 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Chopswell

    I think the bigger story of the game was the complete and total FAILURE of that pitiful halftime show!!! As I looked on youtube at the many posts of it, it's apparent over 90% of the comments are in agreement. The NFL has dropped to a new low giving this crap band the time of day. They royally sucked. They suck anyway. That's the point. Who was given the decision power to hire three black peas and a fergee? And talk about a career-ending performance for her! Why this urban cRAP gets so much airtime, glorifying white women and black men and they 'get awLL jiggy wit dat, 'n chit..." GIVE ME A BREAK! There's 'integration,' then there's 'mutilation.'

    February 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mistylynn

    I thought she messed up, and then I thought it was ME who forgot the words. I still think she did a great job, it gave me the chills, I guess anyone could mess up. After all , none us are perfect!!

    February 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I thought I was having chills, too. Then I realized it was a gag reflex as my supper tried to come back up. Then the bimbo stood there saying thank-you, as if the performance had been about her. Clueless, self-infatuated airhead.

      February 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Little Tin God

    Don't they audition people for singing the national anthem? If you're going to sing the national anthem (a difficult song to sing) in front of a world wide audience, shouldn't you practice a few times? At least I had my remote mute button on.

    February 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bill

    and I suppose she got paid for this blunder?

    February 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Drappelfed

    You know what is sad is when an artist has to add their own spin on a song as if they're on American Idol; here's an idea...How about singing it how it was intended, they have sheet music for it

    February 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Sarena

    I truly felt embarrassed by her performance last night. She said she was nervous? Doesn’t she perform all the time in front of thousands?
    My biggest disappointment about the whole thing was that the Medal of Honor recipient was there at the game. What an honor for super bowl 45 to have this man at the event and then to hear our National Anthem butchered by her was just a disgrace to this country. Very poorly done!
    Hey, NFL.....get someone to sing it right and appropriately. Have SOME pride in your country!

    February 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. toby

    whatever, at least she can sing. Did you hear the crap coming out of the mouth of Fergie? Man the BEPs are horrible!

    February 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. trx

    I guess nobody here has ever goofed up or tripped because of their nerves. What a relief! There really are people in this world who never let anything get to them – even something of that magnitude. Without any nerves to worry about, we should have asked them to get up in front of that crowd and everyone else in TV-land to sing instead – I bet there wouldn't have been a single error and we wouldn't be here brooding over something as trivial as a slip up. Grow up, people.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Kathy

    Give her a break. If the SB wanted it sung "straight", they would have asked her to sing it that way. She did a great job, flub and all!

    February 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. WWRRD

    Unprofessional is about the nicest thing you can say about it. I don't know why the NFL has to Hip Hop the national anthem. What wrong with a clean, well performed, performance to honor our country's biggest media event. Why is every year something wrong at the Super Bowl show. Flubbed performances, wardrobe malfunctions. It seems like it is always something.

    Stop choosing worn our Hip Hoppers, Pop Stars, and get someine in there that can sing it properly.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Delores Wilson

    Why do the various, assorted singers of the National Anthem think that trilling, warbling, changing notes is acceptable? If you can't do any better than Christina Aguilera, turn down the opportunity. Millions and millions of people, including our US military service all around the world, heard this insult to all. If you can't find someone to sing it properly, then just play the CD of Whitney Houston singing it at the SuperBowl umpteen years ago. Everyone might make a mistake with the words, but the "embellishments" are horrid. She's got a fabulous voice and should never have tried to put "her own spin" on it.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Adam

    It's "O'er the ramparts we watched", you blithering idiot! You have done the song many times by now, you should know the lyrics by heart. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know The Star-Spangled Banner. Francis Scott Key is rolling in his grave.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Shimmyx20

    Oh well, not a big deal. People have screwed up the national anthem in the past and will in the future as well. Does it make her any less of an American? No. She made a mistake that she apologized for. Professionals, even with a lot of training and practice, make mistakes. It happens to musicians, sports stars, doctors, scientists...everyone.

    Don't get your panties in a bunch, America. There are far more important things to worry about than someone screwing up a song.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Patriot

    O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
    O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
    O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
    In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
    'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more!
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    February 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Malissa

    I do not think individuals - professional or otherwise - should sing ("perform") the National Anthem at public events. I believe the audience should sing it, preferably without accompaniment (unless it's a drum roll or other appropriate introduction to cue the key).

    February 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jon

    I thought it was funny. Like it's been said, no one is questioning her talent, just her professionalism in the fact that she butchered the song in order to "showcase" her vocal range. It's time we start having more traditional-style vocalists like Jennifer Hudson or as the NFC championship game showed us, have an opera singer perform it. Maybe Josh Groban. That excitement of that game was kicked off by a stellar national anthem rendition.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Zaaquir

    Why is the National Anthem song at sports events anyway? This is not what it was intended for. Instead of questioning who should sing it at a sport's event, we should be questioning why something so important is used for something that doesn't speak of our patriotism or defense in protecting this country. In protecting this country and it's liberties, playing football or any other sports with the ones that are a threat is not going to do the job. So, this song shouldn't be used for such frivolous things.

    February 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Spark

    She made a mistake. I'll complain if she did it on purpose or if I've never made a mistake. Otherwise I'll be quiet.

    If you asked 10 people on the street to sing the national anthem you'll find 9 that couldn't

    February 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Alex

    it was so bad Cameron and I choked on our popcorn.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Al Buddy

    Christina, you did great, any of these losers care to get in front of a zillion people and knock it out, step on up. It's one of the toughest songs to sing in terms of vocal range. So what if the lyrics got mis placed a little, the message was there, the emotion was there, and this gal has a set of pipes worth listening to!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jesse

    I am a fan of CA and was initially excited to see how well she would do. I honestly was surprised on how poorly she sang it, regardless of the flubbed line. The fact she messed up the anthem is regrettable, I find it more so that so many attack her character for it.

    She messed up and I believe she really feels devastated in doing so. I suppose its the curse of the internet to attack those who fail, so they can feel better about themselves.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Charlie

    Anymore, spectators should start booing off the stage any jerk who embelishes on the National Anthem this way and continue to boo until someone leads it properly. Take this seriously, folks. Our National Anthem is about all we have left anymore.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Charlie

    If she was a real professional, her next move would be to give the NFL a full refund for failing to deliver.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Lynn

    It still wasn't as bad as the time Roseanne sang it.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  42. patrick

    Who messes up the national anthem. Seriously she can hit every lyric she sings or writes down but can't do it right with the national anthem

    February 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  43. NewMalthus

    For the correct lyrics, google: To Anacreon in Heaven

    February 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Georgia Pink

    How embarrassing. What an idiot!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Ellie

    GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK!!! So she flubbed on the song... JESUS CHRIST why don't we just crucify the woman to no end. HOW MANY OF YOU have sung the song in front of millions of people? EXACTLY.... no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. I'm amazed that everyone is so quick when it comes to brutally attacking Christina. It's downright childish. GET OVER YOURSELVES....we are ALL Americans and if put to the challenge I wonder HOW MANY of us would also flubbed the song ourselves!!

    STOP THE HATING, the game was a GOOD GAME and now it's over. Let's move on to something with more substance and importance. MY night didn't end because Christina messed up one line on a song!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanadianGirl

      Bet she woulda nailed it if she was singing it at one of her concerts where she'd be getting paid lots and lots of money, rather than just an honourarium for singing, ya know, something as insignificant as YOUR country's national anthem. Like an earlier poster remarked, don't you guys learn the "Star Spangled Banner" in kindergarten? Even I know the words to it, and have known them since I was in Grade Six.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  46. bxgrrl

    Why do we have to have celebrities sing the national anthem anyway?

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Kathleen

    Why must the national anthem be sung like a pop song! I absolutely hate when singers stand there and do such an unjustice to the song by adding all the "riffs" and "runs." It's not American Idol people! It was a disgrace last night\.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. ynot

    she was stoned cut her a break

    February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Yugo

    The "Star" "Strangled" banner. Poor performance all the way around.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. What

    She's nailed the song on national TV before so there's no excuse for messing up this time. "Caught up in the moment?" Are you kidding me with this excuse? She got paid a lot of money to sing one song and sing it correctly. She hadn't been busy messing with all the "extras" she was putting into it, I bet she does a great job.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  51. rs

    They should make it a law that it has to be sung as originally written. These superstars all seem to want to sing their own rendition and they aren't making it sound any better...It doesn't have to be a remix, just leave it alone.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Cree

    I like her voice, I wasn't too pleased with all the runs at the end of every verse (almost). The National Anthem is not meant to be warbled. It's meant to be sung by someone who has a strong voice and needs to be sung straight forward and with great purpose. I would hate to screw up the verses in front of millions of people, but it happens. It's definitely a song you don't want to mess up via words OR deviations from the melody or rhythm. It inspires outrage and outright indignation by many (inlcuding me). She's has a strong enough voice to carry it out. I just didn't like her deviations from the song itself. I do feel bad for her though. I'm sure she didn't mean to mess it up.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Uncle Sam

    Shame on her. She has been in this game for years and is a professional. She's probably sung this song a million times.

    She has become quite the trainwreck...

    February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  54. marcelo

    Fasthands, You are a moran, Christina Aguilera is AMERICAN.

    February 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Bob

    These days, the less talent you have the better your career will be. The National anthem and the half time show was a train wreck. She represented the US to the rest of the world !!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  56. russ

    Sports kill. i rest my case.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Marco555

    I wouldn't have made it past the opening verse.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  58. YOUBRO


    February 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jo Jo the dog-faced boy

    The super bowl was yesterday? Didn't notice.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  60. pjd

    This is all part of the desire by the suits to be "young and fresh." Can we please have musicians who can actually play and vocalists who can sing without Autotune and hystrionics? Slash was the only real musician, IMHO.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Larry Prashaw

    The NFL needs to evaluate their entertainment choices for the entire Super Bowl. If they notice, at least 80% of the attendees are NOT teeny boppers. A local community has been advised to play her rendition publicly so as to do away with the local crow infestation. Shouldn't take more than a minute or two.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  62. itsallgoodnRoanoke


    February 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  63. YOUBRO


    February 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Nancy

    Well, if she had sung it in a serious manner, she probably wouldn't have gotten into trouble. Instead, she seemed determined to see how many musical syllables she could add to each and every word. It's no wonder she got lost!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Paul

    Its bad that she missed the lyrics. Or did she sing the wrong national anthem all together. Nobody noticed the blue white and red of the French flag behind her. Just a clue guys ours is Red White and Blue.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  66. YOUBRO

    I wish she had a wardrobe malfunction. I had my fingers crossed before she even started. To bad her only mistake was on the lyrics. Yes I want to get dirty. With her I would get filthy.... mmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm good

    February 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  67. william

    Everyone makes mistakes. But the Super Bowl with the World looking at you and our President plus all the folks on Capital Hill. Its embarrassing for her. No excuse because I'm sure she had a mountain of time to prepare for the big event.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Scott

    She flubbed a line in a song. I don't get why everyone is so up in arms about this. She has an amazing voice and wasn't lip sync'ing. Get over it. As for those of you saying we all know the words, I challenge any of you to get up and sing it in front a stadium of rabid fans AND knowing you're being watched by a billion people via TV. I'm going to guess you may have butterflies and might momentarily for get a word or two.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      the difference here is that she's a professional singer......used to singing in front of large audiences..........stop making excuses for her................she sucked at this song, plain and simple..........she's better sticking to the crap that spews out of her mouth or whatever that SH__T is she sings

      February 7, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  69. HR

    Christina doesn't have to prove that she has a good voice. Out of the artists in her genre, she actually has some talent. I don't understand why she feels the need to scream and yell and add notes that are not a part of the song. It is a beautiful song just as it is, we don't need to hear her, or anyone else, make a mockery of it by adding all sorts of vibrato and notes that make it sound awful. As for forgetting the words, it could happen to anyone but I get the feeling that she was just trying to phone this performance in and probably didn't practice much beforehand. I used to sing the national anthem with two other girls before every basketball game in high school and we still practiced every time before we went out there so we wouldn't forget. I would love to have the opportunity to sing the national anthem at a sporting event but then again, I'm just your average American, not some recording artist that has a CD to push....

    February 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Paul Willson

    If you don't the lyrics to ones own national anthem donm't sing it .And don't criticize when other nation s flub iot either. And right hand in air looks Nazi to me .She should be banned b until she cvan PROVE her AMERICANISM

    February 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Nikki

    Honestly, how many people watching this game would know the words and melody to this song and be able to perform it accurately? It's disturbing how little some citizens know about our country's traditions.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ralph

    Alright all you self-righteous hypocrites. Here are some facts for you...

    Nearly two in three Americans (61%) don’t know all of the words to the Star Spangled Banner
    Of those who claim to know all the words, only 39 percent know what follows “whose broad stripes and bright stars” (answer:“through the perilous fight” )
    34 percent answered “were so gallantly streaming”
    19 percent answered "gave proof through the night”
    Interestingly, of those who answered correctly, 58 percent had received at least five years of music in schools growing up

    More than 70 percent of Americans learned the National Anthem in school music class
    5 percent of respondents reported learning it at sporting events
    13 percent can’t recall where they learned it

    More than 40 percent of adults who had at least five years of music describe themselves as volunteers, as compared to only 18 percent of adults who received less than one year of music education
    55 percent of more seasoned music students describe themselves as active in their communities, while only 39 percent of the less trained describe themselves as engaged in their communities.
    Those with more music in school as children were also more inclined to describe themselves as a leader, creative and “an American”

    One in three (38%) don’t know the official name of National Anthem (Star-Spangled Banner)
    Less than 35 percent of American teens can name the author of the National Anthem (Francis Scott Key)
    As few as 15 percent of American youth can sing the words to the anthem from memory

    Messing up words while performing is not an unusual thing for professional musicians any more than throwing an interception is an unusual thing for professional quarterbacks (and yes, I know that QB's get a drubbing when they do it but people understand that it happens.)

    Having sung the national anthem at sporting events in college at the Naval Academy, it's a difficult song vocally and it is musically complex to a certain degree due to the range. Okay, she messed up. Let's make fun of her a little and move on.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • rs

      Most americans can't run a split route or pass a football 60 yards either and that's why they aren't getting paid to do it. Pros are excpected to be better and do better. Maybe she should have practiced more.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Kimbo Slice

    I've been to Dallas. It's such a gloomy and depressing state.

    February 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  74. quieterone

    Just sing the song the way it was meant to be sang...simple and straight forward...these divas have tried to out sing one another....

    February 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Neil n Kansas

    When its all said and done, CHRISTINA AGUILERA can Sang!!

    February 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Road Zombie

    Hey, does anyone remember that captured german soldier from the movie "Saving Private Ryan"? year they should have him do it...Muahahaha!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  77. elainef

    I have difficulty with celebrities who somehow believe they know what matters to America. "I got caught in the moment" does not make up for the lack of preparation and ultimately the disrespect shown to all AMERICANS. Yet the journalists will tell us that this is perfectibility OK. I am respectfully asking that you get past all this nonsense and give us what we deserve!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Brenda

    Please get someone to sing it, not screech it. It would be so nice to have someone sing it so that the millions of people watching and listening could actually sing along (like in the old days.) Kids today might even learn the words and be proud. Also, how about getting some real entertainment? Bring back the marching bands or something fun. Seriously, entertain me please. The Super Bowl is huge in every way. When someone sings the "The Star-Spangled Banner" it should make us stand tall and feel proud to be Americans...............not cringe. Peace and love.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  79. monie)ponie

    if any one has more than one child ,in moment's of (emotionality)!!!! you will get there names confused ;even tgough you are looking right @ them . it happens "so put away your ropes" & i'm positive , she was born in the us & is a citizen .if ask can prove it

    February 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Morenito

    Wow is 2011 and some people still have the audacity to bring race into this, check your history people the only real Americans are the natives Indians besides then we are all foreigners. Yeah she screw up and we can critic it, but please leave race out of this.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
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  82. JC in Dallas

    What's sad is that Aguilera's pathetic screeching overshadowed Lea Michele's excellent performance of "America the Beautiful". Lea should have sung both as her voice is amazing and she didn't scream out her performance. Her rendition of "America the Beautifu" was tasteful, classy, and very appropriate. Hopefully we'll see more public performances from her in the future.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Jeff

    She's chubbin.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Alex

    what did they expect when they selected a no talent, bubblegum pop-music singer? she deserves to be shot and is an embarassment to anyone with a latino surname.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  85. sven

    i'd rather stand in front of a moving MACK truck than have to listen to this woman sing anything again

    February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  86. quickdraw

    Lmao, I was watching the game with a bunch of sailors and marines. We where all like "did she really just screw that up?" I mean isn't it something learned in kindergarden still?

    February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Gina

    It may be an easier song to remember if these singers would keep it simple and stop trying to make it their own with all their vocal gymnastics.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Chris

    I think that this is unexcusable!!! I knew the national anthem when I was 8 years old, I am also a Veteran and for those people on here who think this is no big deal than I say you are Un-American! I am not a professional entertainer so I can say that I would mess it up infront of all those people but she is, she is used to these crowds and hundreds of thousands of fans. Maybe it was more about her (in her mind) than what she was singing.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Trista73

    I think she did a great job. If we all spend more energy on how we can improve instead of putting so much energy in tearing others down, this world would be a better place.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  90. kaydee

    It's time to stop making a production/performance of our National Anthem! It needs to be sung as written without the singer "showing off" his/her vocal pyrotechniques. It is a sacred song and should be treated as such. When Lea Michelle began to sing "America the Beautiful", I thought 'she should sing the National Anthem, not Christina Aguillera'!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      Correction: this is not a "sacred" song – it is a patriotic one. YOU have JUST made a mistake just like SHE did!! YOU must go to Hell!!! Oh, wait, I forgive people like you EVERY DAY. Good job! Keep up the good work!

      February 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Maverick

    The song is difficult enough to sing given its length and range, but when a singer warbles the notes in an effort to put their own spin on it, it becomes horrendous. It's time to retire the song (a song of war) to a much more stirring song like "America the Beautiful". And THAT'S The Final Word.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  92. marianne

    maybe she should have written the words on her hand...something!!!! she looked spaced out plus she fell when leaving the I wonder....

    February 7, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  93. IamT

    I would like to see all of you stand up in front of millions of people during the biggest American sports game and sing the Anthem perfectly. I bet most of you wouldn't even remember the first line.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  94. jeli

    All right so imagine this scenario... you're a professional singer on TV, expected to sing a song that represents the heart of every existing american, all right no big deal, then before you know it, you're singing the wrong words. Guys I dont think you can imagine the horrible feeling that comes over you at that moment. Im sure she feels bad enough and you people arent helping

    February 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hater4Life

      LOL.......You have to be all of 16 years old to defend her like this, why dont you get out of the girls bathroom, put your phone away, and get back to class with the wrest if the pregnant teens. Oh and dont forget Drama pracfice after school. I am guessing you wont be playing the roll of the cirgin Mary. P.S. This is offensive because it is a representation of who we are, fhe very words are that of battle. Being a child you have no idea im sure. Why dont you just shut up and go tan so atleast you can look pretty since your brain obviously does not work.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Marie

    Too bad Christina had to follow Lea Michele who sang "God Bless America" and did such a great job. Too bad Lea couldn't do the anthem too. Would have been 100% better. Christina has a great voice but she has to oversing everything, besides forgetting the lyrics. On Idol, that would get you booted off!!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  96. imjustme

    She is an unAMERICAN disgrace to this country. She needs to be questioned by the authorities as to why she REFUSED to properly sing this song. it IS the American anthem. If it is found that in fact she refused to sing it properly, than the proper legal avenues need to be pursued and she is taken into custody!!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Jeff

    At least she was not afraid to sing it live! I am so tired of everyone lip syncing there way to everyones hearts. We should praise this young lady for doing it the right way. If they are going to lip sync, why be there, just play a recording over the PA system and leave the singer at home.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Godfada

    Who cares dat she messed up...she's so dang HOTTTTTTTT!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      Effin Right she is!!!! Well said Godfada. Like how many americans really know all the words to that song. I sure as hell don't.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  99. EricCC

    Christina should have been honored to represent this great nation with the singing of our national anthem.
    Instead she thought we should be honored listening to her trash our national anthem.
    I do not care if she makes a mistake, we are all human.
    How about some humility and reverence for this great nation.

    The final straw was the cute little finger wave after the "performance".
    Look at me everyone, ain't I something???

    Fox and the NFL start off by reading the Declaration of Independance so you would think they truly care for this nation and for the military.
    But the truth is, it is all about the show.
    Having a pretty star singing is much more important to their ratings than what she sings or what she represents.
    Very very sad that the NFL and Fox care so very little for America as a nation and for her military honor.
    Let's see what changes next year, maybe Britney Spiers is available????

    February 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  100. KellyF

    She made a mistake – she's human. She's done the anthem at many events, and she knows the song. Everyone makes mistakes. But at least she opted to sing it live, and not lip sync, like Whitney Houston did and Jennifer Hudson did, etc..etc.. They both likely did 20 takes in the studio before getting it perfect. I"m sure Christina was devastated after messing up, and at least she recovered and kept on going finishing strong.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • CanadianGirl

      20 takes in the studio would prove that Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson at least made an EFFORT to get the song right.

      February 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  101. J.Son

    I thought she did an awesome job, she had heart and passion while singing and you could tell she loves this country. I bet 90% or more of Americans if asked to recite the national anthem, could not. So let's not be so hard on her.

    God Bless America!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  102. pbpplakan

    Why on earth do we use celebrity singers, why not have normal people who can sing audition? It would be an honor for a non professional singer sing the National Anthem for any sports gathering. Or like someone mentioned earlier, let the armed forces sing.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  103. james

    Yea Christina,
    You f’ed up the National Anthem..
    I don’t hate you, but all my battle buddies whom lost limbs or their lives hate you.
    You’re a good R&B singer, but your worst shown on the most important song of your entire career..
    Time for some playboy pics to make up the monetary difference..

    February 7, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Rock

    That looks like my girl Snooki with her mouth open like that.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Alisha

    To be honest and real it doesnt matter who would of sung the national anthem the media woulda still had something to say. They do it every year. Nobody is satisfied on whho sings it. Like come on all u people that said it was a mess put yaself n her shoes standin there n frnt of all these people yes u will forget the lyrics, that is not a eash song. Some americans out here dnt knw the lyrics at all. Yall makn it seem like she stopped n the middle of the song...ok she messed up on one part....i persinally thiink she did good.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  106. catche

    Of course we are human and make mistake but come on didn't she knew she was going to sing in front of billion of people she should have make sure she know her word as an artist she should have prepare herself better

    February 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  107. AmericanSoldier49

    Why don't all of these sporting events get military choruses to sing the National Anthem? I can assure you that they know the words and would give some military members a chance to see the event. NASCAR has had several SNAFU's and they proclaim loudly to support the military.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Left Winger and a Proud American

      Because the hundreds of corporations investing their advertising dollars were making every effort to draw in as many viewers as possible, to watch the Super Bowl, watch their ads AND buy their products. They were relying on star-power, not patriotism to "git r dun". They're looking to draw in the bucks (and not the ones from Tampa Bay either.) And, for the record, it's given all of US alot of fuel to talk about. :)))))))))))))))

      February 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  108. BevAnn

    She thought she was on American Idol and she had to "make the song her own". I was irritated at her showboating. Her performance was a fail, and that's putting it nicely.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Marvin

    Gotta love the couch critics and their idiotic posts. Yes, she messed up on the National Anthem. Do I think she should be drawn and quartered for it? No. It happens. It has happened to better singers and will happen to singers after her. And as for the Anthem to be sung the way it should be? Then have everyone who sings it in the future to stand in a classroom with no mic, no acoustic sounds and sing it the way it should be sung. The reason the Anthem is sung slower in forums like this is because of the sound quality. So she wanted to add her own twist to it. Big deal. Lea Michelle added her twist to America the Beautiful. I felt like I was at a Broadway Play. But I am not condemning her for it

    February 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  110. CP

    BFD!!! We all screw up. She knows it and has to live with it which is worse than anything else she could've done.

    February 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  111. James

    If you do a little seaching you will find that singers often forget lyrics to songs, EVEN THEIR OWN SONGS, it is called being human.

    As far as signing it as many of us EVER sing the SECOND is a poem, with music stolen from a drinking it seems that there can be much debate about HOW IT WAS INTENDED TO BE SUNG......

    February 7, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      wise up

      February 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
      What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
      Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
      O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
      And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
      Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
      O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
      O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

      On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
      Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
      What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
      As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
      Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
      In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
      'Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
      O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

      And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
      That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
      A home and a country should leave us no more!
      Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
      From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
      O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

      O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
      Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
      Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
      Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
      Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
      And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
      O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!


      February 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewMalthus

      For the correct lyrics, google: "To Anacreon in Heaven lyrics"

      February 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Bill

    She screwed it up, it happens. Get over it.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  113. Mary

    You do NOT screw with the our National Anthem, plain and simple. Ever heard the Russian or Chinese anthem sung badly ... nope. It has notes signifying the tune, which is to be played or sung a particular way. Why do people have to "put" their own spin on a National Treasure, our Anthem, which stands for something! If they cannot sing it the way it was written so long ago, then don't sing it at all, especially on live TV for the world to hear your disrespect.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Would anyone know if the Russian or Chinese anthems were sung poorly?

      February 7, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  114. proud still

    Give her a break! I know I didn't submit my name to sing. Did you?

    Thank you Christina.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Um, what does that have to do with it? I can't sing but I bet I'd get the lyrics correct. She just needs to realize that the national anthem isn't something she should change. It isn't a song on some low rent r&b album. She has zero respect for the anthem by singing it like that. She's always been low rent and she will always be low rent.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • meh

      Im not a professional, paid, and practiced performer who sings (if you want to call pop singing),

      February 7, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Joe (not the plumber)

    What a shame that Fox and the NFL had to pick a celebrity to try to showcase her talent, rather than singing the song as written. Besides flubbing the words, some words were unintelligible, and she hit some really sour notes. Next time, send in the Marines to sing the song the way it ought to be sung.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  116. Fran

    I think the national antham should be sung by a person in the military or police – someone who respects the song and doesn't try to use it to show off their voice. Or even just played by a military band. It's not supposed to be a form of entertainment – it's our national anthem. Show some respect.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • BevAnn

      I may have to agree with you.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      I totally agree we should always have someone who respects our Country and our National Anthem sing it at these functions. That was terrible and I thought they should call someone from Baylor Hospital to help her as she seemed to be in lots of pain. She is a disgrace to our Country and she certainly can't sing. All we heard was yelling. She needs voice lessons really really bad.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  117. cindy

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  118. Roberta Webster

    From now on let's just use the video tape of Whitney Huston singing the National Amthem.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      You mean the one we later found out that she LIP SYNC'D?

      February 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SM

      Best post on here! That was her biggest downfall, every performer wants to be remembered for their performance of the National Anthem at the Superbowl. Flubbing the words was just a screw up, and while I agree, if you are a professional, you shouldn't screw up this song, but accidents happen. What I can't get over is her simple inability to not OVER SING the song. It isn't supposed to be about your skills, or lack there of, it is supposed to be about your patriotism and love for country. That is what separates Whitney's version from pretty much all the others you hear today.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      How about we not? Whitney Houston's version was nearly as bad as Aguileras. What sets Whitneys above is that A. She didn't forget the words. and B. Although her notes were WAY overstressed and held WAY too long they were singular notes being HELD. Notes from the actual song. Aguilera was adding in notes and butchering the ones that were actually part of the song. Aguileras lack of patriotism REALLY showed through. No one with even the smallest amount of patriotism would have tried to make singing that song about themselves.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Retired Army officer

    The mangling of the National Anthem was bad enough. The people who have no idea of the proper protocol during its singing are worse. Stop wiggling like a toddler! Stand up straight, gentlemen please remove your headgear, place your right hand over your heart, and stand quietly until the anthem is finished. We veterans have the privilege to render the hand salute instead. If you don't know what to do, ask. If you haven't taught your children, shame on you.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  120. Brian

    It is not like someone else song the song before her. Wait that girl from Glee did and she did a better job. No excuse, Christina should have had that song down pat before she went out there and song. She did not prepare and it showed. No matter how well you know a song or your lines you need to review it. It is usually the stuff you know by heart that you can screw up on. Christ I learned that in acting class in High School.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  121. B Davis

    Reminded me of the Naked Gun when Frank had to sing the national anthem "And the rockets in the air, bunch of bombs in the air" Classic stuff. Mistakes happen but on a stage like this, it's not like it was a normal concert where the national anthem is not really used to start off a show.

    February 7, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  122. The Truth

    At least the girl tried, and came out pretty good considering she was watched by the majority of the free world. Good recovery.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  123. The Truth

    Not nearly as bad as the half time show or lack of show. That was pathetic.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  124. alison roach

    Ifind Americans amazing,the way you pull down each other is amazing I guess nobody over there has ever made a mistake in their life.Talk about being self centered you build people up then to tear them down wow

    February 7, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  125. MilesT

    Publicity stunt.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  126. Andie

    You guys are sad. She made a mistake – can we move on?

    February 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  127. susan

    Why can't they sing it like it was written. I don't remember any "whoa whoas' being in it. And they improvise extra notes. Can you say fingernails on a chalkboard?

    February 7, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  128. bert f.

    What?!? You mean she screwed up the lyrics while lip synching? How dumb is that?

    February 7, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  129. Charlie


    February 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Demo

      Charlie: Did you mean to say "hoop" or "rim". The only ring we need is a "decoder ring" to understand what you are trying to say.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Carmen

    Really people she messed up :BIG DEAL GET OVER YOUR SELVES. it was the super bowl not peace talks in the middle east!!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  131. Lisa

    If she just would have focused on singing the song with an actual melody rather than trying to show off her range which everyone already knows she has, perhaps she wouldn't have screwed up the words. I think SHE even forgot what the song sounds like after all that riffing and running which is prob why she forgot the words!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  132. Umm, Me?

    @ Ole Grandad

    Hahahan you said peapole!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  133. Bartok

    Errrrr, wasn't.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  134. Bartok

    At least it proves she was lip synching.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  135. wow

    Some of these comments are very inappropriate. CNN, you really need to do a better job of monitoring public comments. Kids do read the news online these days, especially an entertainment-related topic. This is not an adult website. The comments need to go.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  136. kevin

    What do christina and rosanne have in common?? Neither one can sing the anthym worth a crap!!! Difference is rosanne took time to practice screwing it up!! if only christina had given it that much effort what a shame...

    February 7, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  137. Charlie


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  138. e.a

    Ok look she screwd up the lyrics boo hoo she was near over onemillion peapole that is probly y she screwd up

    February 7, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      She has been singing in front large audiences for nearly her entire life. If you think that is an excuse for her then you are braindead.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      She is a talentless fabrication of the embalmers art by Hollywood plastic surgeons and make-up artists. To invite her to embarrass herself was cruel. She should be singing at kids birthday parties only.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Lee

    Maybe the organizers who stage these events should start hiring singers who have enough maturity and musical integrity to know that there are some songs it's okay to screw around with and some that there aren't, and the National Anthem falls into the latter category. Better yet, hire people to do either the National Anthem or the half-time show that have an IQ larger then their shoe size.

    February 7, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  140. kevin

    What a shame she memorizes lyrics all the time and she couldnt even take the time to get our anthym correct thanks for nothing christina you should stick to lip syncing that way you couldnt screw it up!!! In the future let someone else sing it who truly wants to take the time to get it right!!

    February 7, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  141. Michael Nelson

    She should have had the cactus cuties helping her.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  142. mary triplett

    I am not a hater. I am a proud American and I don't appreciate her butchering the song! She is supposed to be a professional. She should have learned the lyrics as written. Also I dont appreciate her adding syllable to the lyrics. She added @ 457 NEW NOTES AND TOTALLY RUINED THE SONG AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE. i noticed her flubbing the words immediately because I was singing along!!!

    February 7, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      Jetset, you obviously have no concept of patriotism. If you can, singing along with the National Anthem IS patriotic. Making snarky, jerk comments about it makes you mentally disturbed. You've been trolling this entire thread, now BUZZ OFF TRAITOR.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mckiss

      I'm sick of these, so called, singers doing their 'runs; and screaming the songs. And she is one of the worst. She has
      a beautiful voice that she insists on keeping from us all.
      She also works too hard at looking "trashy"---something she's accomplished nicely.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Red

    This is more offiensive than Janet Jackson's exposed baby-feeder. OMG fine the station immediately

    February 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  144. Timme62

    From the picture it looks like she is in pain.....

    February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  145. Meh

    At least her auto-tuner didnt screw up as well

    February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  146. Sherri

    This song doesn't need to be re-written, embellished or otherwise changed from the way it was written. Sing it like it was written, the spirit of the song will come from within each person, not just the presenter. I suspect singing it without all the extras might make it easier for a performer to get right. Keep it simple people.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  147. Bruce Henson

    She's supposed to be a professional, and professionals don't make elementary mistakes like that. Boo.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  148. Ceasar Salad w/chopped Booger Bits


    February 7, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  149. magnum

    those of us that are blessed with a gifted voice should b truly thankful and leave the performance to the stage, in this situation it is nice and heartfelt when the person given the honor does it in such a way where we can all sing along and feel our national pride. park the ego !

    February 7, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  150. nat

    OMG people you probably didnt notice she jacked up the words till after she sang...anyways she did a great job singing it.....she messed up wat it happens...she still gonna get paid ...

    February 7, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jetset » object

      You is smmmart. Like omg

      February 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patriot

      No. Even without forgetting the words her performance was terrible because it SOUNDED terrible. She butchered every single note and added in a few hundred of her own. I assure you that I and many others detected her screwing up the words immediately. Know how? BECAUSE WE KNOW OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. Aguilera should never work in this country again.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      nat, obviously we didn't know she jacked up the words until after she sang them. I don't have psychic powers to know people are going to mess up a song before they do.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  151. kevin

    I did not catch it. That's how sad I am.

    February 7, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  152. me

    What a screw up on a national stage. If it was any other song but the National Anthem people would not care. Learn the words, You make your living in this country, and alot of young girls look up to you and you can't even sing the National Anthem.

    February 7, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  153. a.d


    February 7, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Bruce Henson

      I don't hate her. But neither do I have to praise her for what is a BAD performance. Her stock dropped big time, and she will suffer the consequences. Stop kissing her keester and let her stand (or fall) on her own two feet.

      February 7, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Demo

      a.d Did you know that by leaving your caps on your screaming out your IQ is mid two digits? Don't bother thanking me, just trying to help.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thom

      The correct English grammer would be: CHRISTINA YOU were WONDERFUL DONT LET THESE haters RUIN YOUR DAY. Try learning the coorect grammer, you will sound much more intelligent.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • slavicdiva

      Patriot, I'm a liberal, and I hated Aguilera's butchery of our National Anthem as much as you did. I was more offended by the manner in which she "sang" than the fact that she forgot the words – what on earth was she howling about? She seems to have mistaken excessive grimacing for "expression;" if a person can really sing, they don't need to make ugly faces to be expressive.

      But please, don't chalk up her awful performance to "liberals;" it has nothing to do with liberalism, and everything to do with her being a self-absorbed, unprepared clown who tried to make our National Anthem into her personal plaything. And failed. Embarrassingly. And painfully. And publicly.

      I wish people would just sing the Anthem as it is written, without trying to out-do the last "entertainer" who butchered it. These people forget, the Anthem is not all about them. It doesn't need manufactured histrionics, or anybody's "personal stamp" on it.

      If you can't sing it, don't. Leave it to people who can – and there are lots of them out there!

      February 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      You like her voice? Then you must love a screaming banchee.

      This girl is pathetic.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  154. TC

    Sorry, but if she didn't over sing the song in the first place, which doesn't need much embellishment, she likely wouldn't have forgotten the words. There is NO excuse for getting your National Anthem wrong. OH, and considering this post is coming from a a non-American, even my kids, who have sang the American National Anthem on their own in front of a stadium of people, have never forgotten the words. They are 8 and 10.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  155. x

    Christina has a great voice, if only she'd stop focusing so much on trying to show off her vocal range! She can never settle with just SINGING a song...instead she resorts to hooping and hollering and performing her vocal acrobats, as if she still has something to prove with her powerful voice. She just lets her ego get too much in the way, it's just sad, because she really does have a fine voice. .

    February 7, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Exactly!!!! When she wants, she has a beautiful voice. But this was a butch, harsh, vocal-acrobat display that was totally out of place with the spirit behind the song

      February 7, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Rachel

      She is pathetic. I can't stand this chick. She is a loser and her credibility is going rapidly down the tubes year after year. She thinks she is SO hot, SO talented but she is nothing but a screaming banchee!

      I wish she would just disappear from any/all news feeds. She isn't worth a dime anymore. But then again, was she ever?

      February 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Snarf

    Well she screw the song because she was so much obessed with the image than with the song. On a stage those failures go unnoticed because the band can correct it... but on that she didn´t had a backup. So she screwed it.

    February 7, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  157. Dave F

    Next time ask Reba to sing it, she knows how to do it and she knows how to do it right.

    February 7, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  158. wr

    "true spirit of its anthem still came through"?? How about trying to get the true MELODY of the anthem to come through (the lyric thing notwithstanding), instead of adding hundreds of random unrelated notes??

    February 7, 2011 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • jinxmi

      Amen! Sing the damn song, don't make it a ten minute epic that doesn't sound anything like what it should and is meant to be.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Singing It Right

      she should have just stuck to the music score....and not tried to "improvise" or make our anthem out to be some pop culture song....I think that we should definitely have our Armed Forces do the National Anthem....its the RIGHT thing to do and I agree, if you are going to have ANYONE sing at ANY event, REGARDLESS of their popularity ~ please make them audition!!!!!! An American Idol contestant could have sung our National Anthem much, much better!!!!!!

      February 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Her over singing is very annoying. Coupled with the fact that there are now youngsters growing up admiring her and think that that is how you should sing is almost enough to make me give up teaching music.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dhajra

      Yes, I'm not the biggest American patriot these days, but for pete's sake, if you are going to have somebody sing the song, have someone respect how it was supposed to be sung. And don't add all those stupid extra notes like somebody on American Idol would. If you can't find somebody who can sing it correctly, have a recording of a military band or something. What a disgrace!

      February 7, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      Shouldn't there be some kind of minimal level of talent required of the performer before subjecting us all to that kind of torture? Her "rendition" was not only amateurish, but was simply awful. They could have just burned an American flag on stage instead.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  159. melissa

    Come on people , she's human! I think!

    February 7, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • BevAnn

      That may be true, but the bottomline is she lacks professionalism. This is one of the biggest events every year. It's a privilege to be selected to sing the national anthem at the superbowl. No one is questioning her patriotism. However, she didn't have to pass a civics test – just sing the damn national anthem correctly! She should be embarrassed, rather than stumbling through excuses.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Finally...some one with the voice of reason. Sheesh. Flubbing a line isn't the end of the world. Forgive, forget, move one.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  160. tr08

    Her ego got in the way. She mangles centuries-old lyrics then tries to screech her way to an R&B hit. Flubbing the words is one thing, but not even bothering to sing is another. She had an equipment malfunction - her vocal cords.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  161. G Garay J

    Lots of people screw this thing up, at least she didnt have an equipment malfunction!

    February 6, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • tenman

      Yes, lots do. But why the heck wouldn't she have, I don't know, PREPARED, read and memorized the lyrics and maybe even practiced a bit?? She knew it was coming! It's an insult and inexcusable. She's an idiot!

      February 7, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  162. Carmen

    It's a sure sign that her popularity has nothing to do with her intelligence.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      Just because you can't sing doesn't mean you are dumb. She is a creation of the media mill, like Michael Jackson, all fake! Pitiful, what passes for talent these days.

      February 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  163. G Gordon Liddy

    This is a song people learn when they're 8 for chrissakes.

    February 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Betty Shannon

      I hope whatever she was paid she donates it to a cause for the troops. She is a pro. She should know better than to think that she can mess up in a moment like that at the biggest game of the year and simply say I got caught up in the moment! That is one paycheck that could be better spent on the men and women who gave her the opportunity to be able to sing that song.

      February 7, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Betty Shannon – what has this got to do with the troops? Enough already!

      February 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bmaire

      Well said!

      February 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • yogiclarebear

      8 year olds make mistakes, adults make mistakes. throw a stone eh?

      February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Jeepers

    I was pretty sure she screwed that up.

    February 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • lyn p

      She was a trainwreck from the get-go, what a disgrace of the song after hearing America the Beautiful-even the players looked pained trying to get through that one-I thought I even saw one cry-Ha Ha!

      February 7, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      If there is one song that should be sung as written, it's the National Anthem. She was a total disgrace. Some of the blame should also go to whoever hired her. Apparently the vocolists need to audition to be sure they are capable of singing it the way it was originally intended, with respect and dignity. Have they ever considered a military band. That may be better way to go.

      February 7, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • IamS

      Fasthands, with all due respect, check your facts. Christina Aguilera IS American. Born in New York, raised in Pittsburgh.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Fammy

      Fasthands, she IS American. She was born in Staten Island, New York. Not that I think her rendition of the Banner was any good.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      Sing the song as written.....???????

      The song was written as a poem.......FS Key gave it to his brother in law to find some music for it....he took the music from ANOTHER song.... A DRINKING SONG NO LESS and put the words of the poem to we have a poem...not a song....using the music from someone elses song....we never sing the 2nd I think we can get over the whole idea of singing it as it is supposed to be sung.

      February 7, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Hector Rules NJ

      @ FASTHANDS: Are you serious? She is AMERICAN you idiot. Leave it some jack to bring race into the mix when the article has NOTHING to do with it. There have been plenty of American's that have fumbled our national anthem. It's sad but a fact.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      She is a foreigner, right? You can tell.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      "Adults" who spend millions of dollars on watching 'adult' men playing a game for a living - consisting of passing a small ball back and forth across a field while in the process generally abusing their bodies for the sake of such entertainment should not be so picky as to who or how 'their' anthem was sung.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MyBleedingEars

      Back to Cuba she should go!! Didn't she have a whisper it in your friggin ear thing in her ear??? Or was she too busy trying to stretch the livin crud out of each stinking note for way too much, how can I say this...My Bleeding Ears.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Christina is AMERICAN you half wit.

      February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrell

      Typically, I do not respond to posts...but this one got to me. I am a former military officer and a fan of Christina Aguilera. I was touched by the military tribute before the game began. Her lack of professionalism was embarrassing and unacceptable. She has plenty of money if she is truly sorry she should donate her appearance fee to a military charitable organization...then apologize. She it a performer, the idea of being dazed by lights and cameras does not wash with me...she simply should have been better prepared.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie Gelman

      Hopefully, but not likely, America will "reboot" and once again choose good over hip. I'm still cringing in anticipation for those two showbiz icons, Anne Hathaway and the guy from the mountain injury movie to host the Academy Awards. I just don't get America's new found shallowness. When I was a child and the Academy Awards were about to happen, I didn't say to myself "Oh sh**. That old fart Bob Hope again. I looked forward to his wit and classiness and didn't even THINK about how old he was. Talent is what's hip. When are we gonna get some of THAT again? Christina is gifted, but she has no business shmutzing up the national anthem. Sorry.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angry

      Hey Fasthands, Ms Aguilera is an American. What an ignorant, racist thing to say. Perhaps some research would do yousome good before you go off with your bigoted comments.

      February 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mamanae

      To Fasthands,
      Are you assuming Ms Aguilera isn't an AMERICAN SINGER because of her last name ??????

      February 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brolan

      I hate when singers try to put their personal style on the national anthem. It's about the song, not the person singing it.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Why on earth should others be fired for the missed lines??? She's known for some time that she was doing the song,
      would'nt be it have been smart to learn the lines before making a total ass out of herself!!
      NO ONE SHOULD TAKE THE BLAIM EXCEPT HER! It was the worst performance ever!

      February 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      Who was that fat blonde that offended the National Anthem? It was like watching Flea wipe his butt with the flag. Shouldn't there be some kind of minimal level of talent required of the performer before subjecting us all to that kind of torture?

      February 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie


      February 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cleareye

      The Star Spangled Banner should be reserved for war time (real wars) and America the Beautiful should replace it at times like this. Nevertheless, the blonde bimbo should have stayed home, she was in way over her head.

      February 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Hey! It's Enrico Palazzo!

      February 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • milton Burts

      The National Anthem should be sung with reverence. I was embarrassed and appalled by this lady' s pahtetic rendition. She sounded like a cow in labor.

      February 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Balto Paul

      I'm sure we could all have forgiven her the screwed up lyrics if she hadn't sounded like a dog howling into a fan.

      If she'd have confined herself to singing the song as it is written, she'd probably not have forgotten the words.

      February 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • nivlac

      I'm surprised that anyone could possibly think she didn't actually KNOW or study the words prior to singing them. What a stupid thing to assert. She's sung the anthem before, without fail. There's video of it. Clearly she was nervous from being on the biggest stage (after all, it is the Super Bowl which is THE biggest stage for an anthem singer), she got lost in the moment and lost her place. It happens. It certainly sucks that it happened, but after all, to err is human, right? Who are we to judge the err of another? Are Humans not infallible? Some seem to think we are.

      Worst national anthem ever? Nah. I doubt anyone would agree that Roseanne's interpretation was any better than this. How about the girl who forgot the words TWICE at the hockey game and then fell on her bum when she came out for a third attempt? Those two were easily much worse. C'mon folks, lighten up. The level of scorn flying around the interwebs today is akin to what would be appropriate had she INTENTIONALLY sung the wrong words. Then I think most of you would be justified in your comments about how "disrespectful" she was. Clearly she didn't mean to be disrespectful, nobody wants to forget the words or screw up, so at least make an attempt to acknowledge that before reigning your judgement upon her. I'm not a Christina fan, never have been, never will be, but to deny that the woman has an incredible singing talent is pretty silly.

      We all make mistakes, her's just so happened to come out at the most inopportune time possible. All in all, it is what it is. *shrug*

      February 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doris

      Gosh I have never heard so many rude remarks towards one person. The National Anthem is one of the hardest songs to sing and I totally agree it shoud be sung the way it was meant to be. I also don't like all of the screaming that these artist's do. It doesn't sound right. All of these famous people who have beautiful voices should just sing and quit all of that screaming. Who knows why Cristina messed up but just think how awful she feels about her screwup. It's a sad situation for her and I don't think all of these hateful remarks are necessary. All one needs to say yes we are disappointed but hopefully Cristina can hold her head up high and go on with her life and her career. She has an amzaing voice when we can hear her sing without the screaming. She is 100% better singer than Britney Spears. Folks please let up on all of the nasty remarks which are so unnecessary. People should listen to their mother's. If you can't say anything nice about somebody don't say it all. Cristina be strong and try not to let these sarcastic replys get you down.

      March 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |

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