February 7th, 2011
09:40 AM ET
Christina Aguilera does know the words to the national anthem
Okay, so Christina Aguilera did a lyrical switch-up while performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.
But let’s think back to happier times, when she belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at both Game 6 and Game 7 of the NBA finals last summer.
See? She DOES know the words!
As she said in a statement, last night was just a fluke.
“I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place,” the 30-year-old singer told CNN. “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of it's anthem still came through.”
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people, what do you exoect from a pop star? thats what they are asking for when they ask a pop star to sing it, otherwise they would just hire anyone. if you have a problem, take it up with the people who ask them to perform. no one could ding like that and there is a reason they choose such a talent.
MOVE ON PEOPLE. This whole idea of "ganging" up against someone because of a mistake is absolutely ridiculous. Yes, she messed up, but so what? we all make mistakes and by the video above it's quite clear the girl knows the lyrics.
I feel so sorry for poor Christina all I have to say is oh my God she mess up the lyrics arrest her she is the first person to ever mess up have we forgotten Macy Gary was booed off the stage because she was so bad cut Christina some slack she is human after all not a robot lets see you sing it better and sing all four verses.
Poor thing. It could happen to anyone. At least she maintained her composure and delivered the ending (and high notes)wonderfully.
I honestly do not
dislike Christina. The only song I like of hers is Beautiful but that's not the point the point is everyone makes mistakes and everyone gets nervous and we witnessed a celbritey or star getting nervous. Proof that they are people just like us. And the fact that she sang it differently well honestly I didn't love it but it was okay nothing for me to scream and shout about but it was fine. But just think if everyone sang the star spangled banner the "traditional" way all the time what diversity would we have in music? And what about people that come to America and want to add their own flair to it? Are we just gonna say no forget it learn it our way or go home? No America is called the melting pot and change is good sometimes. Thankyou
The lady messed up. So what. She's not the first singer to forget words or attempt to show case their own musical style while singing the national anthem.
Some folks thought it was awful but some folks loved it. Move on
Of course, Ms. Aguilera, we forgive you. It's not like you went out there and pulled a Roseanne or anything. ><
Oh for pete's sake! What's the big friggin deal? She sang the wrong word, her face looked swollen, she acted drunk, all the rumors flying, blah, blah, blah! Oh, and of all things she is starting to resemble Cyndi Lauper! Newsflash, for all of those that haven't realized it yet, you are not immortal. You too will begin to age. One day you look in the mirror and by God, you see your Grandma looking back at you. Stop judging one another. Make love not war. Peace to all of us.
The author of the Star Spangled author didn't compose it; it was a poem, the poem being later put to the melody of a bar-song (imagine how bad a drunk brit in a bar would sing it). It has since been arranged and rearranged many times. The melody is not patentable, just like happy birthday to you, because the melody doesn't belong to the song.
Ms. Aguillera overuses her voice, and she probably lost the words because she was concentrating on the vocal style, rather than the content. Too bad for her, but perhaps she should have stopped to consider that no one wanted to hear her shriek they just wanted to hear the damn song sung moderately well.
Freedom of speech is one of the foundations of our democracy; we can sing or say just about anything we want, any way we want, and it's not unpatriotic though it may be unappreciated.
Whoever thinks Christina A. sang for Free has a naive point of perspective. These people don't work for free for anyoen. She doesn't need anymore free publicity or exposure and certainly didn't volunteer her time. If a 30 second commercial costs 3 million during the SB, it's because people are being paid to perform.
It's anthem? It should be its anthem, "it's" means it is, "its" means the possession of "it." Secondly, it should be our anthem, unless Christina Aguilera doesn't consider herself to be an American, in which case, she shouldn't have been selected to sing the national anthem in the first place. Can she not sing without contorting her face? Why do we choose these lousy second rate pop singers to sing the national anthem? I've always thought that military choirs perform the best renditions or performances of our national anthem, for big events, such as the Super Bowl, they should be chosen.
Actually its a tough song to sing and I can understand the heat of the moment stuff.no problem, carryo people.
It matters not whether we like her or not; whether she sang the correct lyrics or how she sang. She is singing all the way to the bank
I'm not American but I've always loved the US anthem when it's really belted out at the end, long, hard notes that cut into you and really make you feel it. All these people talking about singing the song "right" are insane. Holding a note doesn't mean you've sung it wrong. As for her mistake, she handled it well. I'm sure she'll be comedic fodder for awhile. The insults in this forum and others are ridiculous though. It was a mistake. It happens when you're live. Even if you know a song, could sing the song in your sleep and even sing it backwards, these things happen! The difference here is that she was in front of one of the biggest audiences there is. She has my sympathy for sure. It's bad enough when you do something embarrassing and someone sees. She had half the world watching.
I don't get why people think she didn't know the words or is somehow stupid. Have you really never made a mistake in your life? Hell, how many times in the middle of a conversation do we say the wrong word or trip up over our words and have things come out wrong or backwards?! It happens because we're human and fallible. Get over it. And no I'm not a fan of Xtina and never have been. I can just appreciate the horrific situation she found herself in and I feel sorry for her.
People are making such a huge issue out of such a small thing. This outrage should be saved for real problems. You don't have to like her singing but calm down, go for a walk, pop in some Barry Manilow to soothe you from that bad bad soul music (that's what you're really upset about right? not that she's carrying the notes – regardless of how off she might have been last night – but that her singing sounds like soul music, sounds like something that isn't white and if someone is going to sing the national anthem, dammit they better sing it white).
Oops! Lil mistake, big deal. God bless her.
I agree with those who say the National Anthem should be sung with dignity, grace, and the simplicity with which it was written. Singing the Anthem is not the time or place for artists to show off their vocal ranges and arpeggios. Patriotic etiquette suggests the crowd either sing along or be silent during the National Anthem. How in the world can a crowd sign along when the person singing is making up and adding in a bunch of notes or holding notes far longer than the scored music intended?
Per Christina's statement – the true spirit of the national anthem was nowhere to be found in her wretched rendition, botched lyrics aside. If she weren't so intent on creating some unrecognizable version, she might have actually focused on the lyrics. Self-indulgent vocal masturbation, that's all I heard.
She looked fat
so what, who cares?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!! build a bridge and get OVER IT.
She messed up. Big deal. Get over it.
Pshaw.. I hate to brag, but I could do worse. =D hehe.
It was all around awful. Shame on her and the people who hired her to do this travesty.
SHAME ON YOU FOR BEING A JUDGMENTAL JERK! Like you are so perfect, fool.
christina aguilera is horrible! i wish i had more hands to give her more thumbs down...
Yeah, too bad – What's too bad is that you can't even compare and yet you have her up on a noose because she made a simple mistake. Get a life fool.
She's human. It happens. I've made mistakes at my job too.
You should all be ASHAMED of yourselves! Most of you probably sound like a garbage disposal when you sing and ALL of you are HUMAN just like Christina! People make mistakes – GET OVER YOURSELVES YOU JUDGMENTAL JERKS!!!!!!!!!!
I write a blog that deals with the Anthem at sporting events, as well as other music in sports, called Oh Say Can You Sing. You can read my thoughts about Christina's debacle on today's entry at http://ohsaycanyousing.wordpress.com.
As mentioned earlier the tune that the poem, Defence of Fort McHenry, is set to is a british drinking song. It has been sung many ways through out the years by many diverse performers. I also believe many diverse people have fought and died for our country and we should embrace what all of them have fought and died for and not squabble over renditions of our anthem before such crucial battles as a football game. in saying this, I believe marvin gaye's version is the best i've ever heard.
Hey! It's Enrico Palazzo!
Perhaps if she wasn't so intent on fitting as many notes into the anthem as possible she'd have remembered the words
If she was in the kitchen washing the dishes, this wouldn't have happened. Just sayin.
We LIKE to complain about nothing – it's fun! Waa waa nya nya nya – lol! Personally, I liked how ppl wrote out this long 'aaEEoo' – it made it sound like it was sung by Tarzan. ROFL!
Also want to point out that performers are not paid to sing the national anthen or at halftime; they do this for the exposure to 100M people.
At least it wasn't as bad as Rosanne years ago. I agree with Choconet, you guys talk crap on her, why don't you go out and sing in front of the entire country,.
It wasn't the words that made it so awful; it was her style! Next time, go to a bar and you won't hear the national anthem anyway!!
Hope it was in her contract to sing correctly or no pay. If not – find out who she is donating the money to. I think she was drunk or on drugs. Just look in her eyes !
Why dont people just sing it the way it was meant to be sung quit trying to make it into a hip hop or pop song
Scat singing the NA was in very poor taste. She was horrrible. Yes she has pipes but they could manage the plumbing better.
I made it a point NOT to watch Christina sing the national anthem and now today I'm reading every where that it sucked. I can't stand the over the top, trying to sing black antics of this chic. She screams instead of singing. I'm glad I missed it. If you are a professional singer then there is no excuse to mess this song up. Its called rehearsals. It shows what an amatuer she is. Whitney and Mariah sang it perfectly and other singers have too. This made her and America look bad that we would pick someone like this to sing our anthem. Please get a real singer next time.
Is it just me, or does it look like she put on about 20-30lbs all in her face?
Perhaps she should learn to read music and lyrics and stop trying to be a song-writer. Plus, since she flubbed it so bad and did a big dis-service to the military, she should turn over her pay to a military organization. Why do you pay someone for inferior service? And, you have to admit it was VERY inferior!
This was definitely the worst reindition of this beautiful song that I ever remember hearing. Who on earth chose her to sing?! Absolutely horrible!!
P.S. : WITHOUT googling it who was the COMPOSER not 'author' of the national anthem? I bet that those of you making that ridiculous demand don't even know, though you somehow 'know' EXACTLY how they INTENDED for it to be sung! ROTFLMMFAO!
The thing is Christina is asked to sing the anthem a lot, so she obviously knows the words, maybe if she didn't spend so much time trying to make every word 20 syllables long, she might have remembered them. Sing it how it is meant to be sung. And before anyone jumps up and asks *were you there when it was sung for the first time?* No, I wasn't but I would assume that's why the notes and measures were written down? So people would know how to sing/ play it without having to hear it??? *sarcasm*
I'm all for people putting their own style into it, but there is such a thing as overkill. Ms Aguilera was already taking the butchers knife to it BEFORE she messed up the lyrics.
although she really DOES have an amazing voice, that was a TERRIBLE rendition and she looks bad on top of it. too much adding on. i've heard many renditions and i agree w/one of the posters that she was better than roseanne barr AND carl lewis. it really is a very difficult song to sing especially in front of crowd as large as that. three singers who did it beautifully in my opinion are the late, great marvin gaye, jose feliciano, and whitney houston. christina has the chops to do the same, but she failed miserably last night.
Umm, is it just me or does anybody else see the tremendous degree of irony and hypocracy stemming from the nazi-like posts here demanding that the national anthem, of a country FOUNDED ON FREEDOM OF EVERYTHING from EXPRESSION to RELIGION & everything in between, be sung or expressed one way and ONLY one way? And to those of you making this demand that it be sung 'the way the author' intended it when was the last time you personally spoke with the 'COMPOSER' (not author) just how old are you? I didn't spend all the years I did serving this country fighting against crazy dictators around the world so some jacka ss like you could take up the practice here. Newsflash this 'just in' the nazis LOST that war! Music is always about self expression! Get a life!
She messed up, she can give any excuse she wants but Christina blew it. If Americans consider it a simple mistake, then they just prove what a sorry state their country is in now; when they don't give a crap about the lyrics of their NATIONAL ANTHEM.
FYI people she sang the Star Spangled Banner, NOT the National Anthem.
Congrats, you've proven that she KNEW the words last summer.
SO MANY HATERS GOSH, CHRISTINA HAS A AMAZING VOICE AND YOU CAN TELL BY THE EMOTION IN HER EYES THAT SHE WAS SO FEELING THE INNER PRIDE, MISTAKES HAPPEN TO EVERYBODY SO STOP TALKING C**P
JEALOUSY OF A TALENTED VOICE IS SO SAD .
LOVE YOU CHRISTINA
I don't think there was much emotion there because emotion comes from the words and what they mean. If the words were meaningful and emotional, she wouldn't have forgotten them, would she? No, she was so focused on belting out her 2-minute note runs that she forgot the words. I guess she thought her and her voice were the highlight of the entire event.
Christina clearly doesn't know what the term "understated" means. Her style of singing is fine. But last night, she seemed to think each line needed to be louder, longer, and more embellished than the previous one. So by the time she got to the end, she had nowhere left to go and literally had to resort to screaming. Good thing the song wasn't longer, or she'd might have burst a blood vessel.
This is a BIG honor to sing the national anthem at the nations largest sporting event.....and she was paid to do it. Get it right and sing it respectfully. Regardless of whether someone else has flubbed it before, you owe to everyone who has any patriotic sense, to sing well. She screwed up, she needs suck it up and take criticism. It comes with the territory.
Honestly who cares. This has been one of the top stories and it nearly infuriates me. There is so much other IMPORTANT stff going on in this world and all we're concerned about is Christina Aguilera. So she messed up. Get over it.
Exactly, I second this
did anyone notice how anoxerica anelina jolie looked the other night. she barely can stand up . anguillera your problem
is you try to show off to much. just sing the song. you don't have to end each word like its your last breather. I guess
you have guillty feeling how you don your ex, that had enough time to start nawing at ya.
I have to say, it gets on my nerves when performers try to put fancy spins on our National Anthem. I think she flubbed it because she was thinking too hard on her vocalization.
She did not prepare to sing our National Anthem! Thinking; she knew the lyrics, she's a big star, piece of cake, nothing to it, AND, "they'll be too busy admiring me." My advise, "practice makes perfect."
Anyone singing the National Anthem needs to know the words without any doubt. Rather you get caught up in the moment or not, know the words. If singers would just sing the song and forget about all the unnecessary notes and variations, they wouldn't get "lost in the moment". It's a disgrace when this beautiful song is botched by a singer who is more interested in doing their variation than knowing what the song stands for.
People act like her missing a line and messing up is the worse thing to do. Granted it wasnt the best performance but no where on earth is there someone who has not made a mistake just as bad and worse. I would think it more important that our country is based on god love and forgivness then based on nasty words and hate. Next week people of this country will find someone else to hate and move on. I truely find it sad and desturbing.
Seriously people! How can you be so upset how she sang the song. That is what America is about. Allowing you to put your own stamp on anything for the most part. I look forward to see all the different styles singers come up with to sing the Star Bangled Banner. I have seen her sing it before and she is FABULOUS! Plus if we sang it the same way every year, how boring is that. Get over people and really find something to be up in arms about. Like world hunger or starvation/World peace/Animal rights/Jobs/Money greed.....etc
A few well placed runs can intensify a listeners experience and connection with a song- but when you overdue it, you get christina's superbowl rendition. Personally I didn't notice she forgot the words I was too distracted with her oversinging.
Oh...now you guys are just being spiteful. CNN, report on something with significance....please!
Yes she did make a mistake and messed up the words, that is undeniable! however she is human and humans make mistakes. I am quite sure that she practiced and practiced countless times prior to the event, but got distracted or confused! For those of you sitting there throw negative remarks out, I challenge you to stand up in front of 80,000 spectators and not jumble the words or get a little scared.
“I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of it's anthem still came through.”
While this article is not expected to be a literary masterpiece, can you at least use the right "its" in the quote?
People have TOO MUCH FREETIME! Y'all beotch and complain about everything, without end.
I think she did fine. Good game.
Eagles next year!!!
They should just play the clip of Whitney Houston singing the anthem at the begining any sporting events. Now thats how it should always be sung. I'm just saying
WHO CARES WHO CARES OMG WHO CARES this is 2 all the people who want 2 crucify the poor girl PLEASE GET A LIFE AND JUST KEEP YOUR IGNORANT MOUTHS CLOSED WE HAVE PEOPLE DISRESPECTING THIS COUNTRY FAR WORSE EVERY DAY AND NOBODY SAYS A DAMN WORD CAUSE ITS THEIR RIGHT WELL ITS HER RIGHT 2 SING HOW SHE WANTS BUNCH OF HASBEEN HATERS!
Next time please have Celine Dion sing the anthem. Okrrr?!
Who cares! It is insignificant.
The singers that are given the opportunity to sing our national anthem do have a tendency to make the performance about them instead of trying to make the audience feel it emotionally. The fact that the arena announcer said her name very distinctly and enthusiastically at the conclusion of the rendition shows that this kind of thinking is encouraged. The audience applauded as if they were at a rock concert.
An ex once told me that good singing is the ability to hit one note for a reasonable length of time, not seeing how many notes you can cram into it. Christina has a great voice and overdoing a song is sort of her thing, but she over-over-overdid it this time. Just tone it down a bit, k?
Forgotten words aside, Christina has a wonderful voice and she failed to show it last night, that was a terrible mess.
So she messed up, she admits it. Bad Xtina! I love God and my Country, my life will go on. Quit bein a bunch of hens and go get laid.... errr lay something. You will be a lot happier!
The singers that are given the opportunity to sing our national anthem do have a tendency to make the performance about them instead of trying to
Vocal masturbation like R&B and all this POP nonsense sucks. Nobody knows how to hold a note anymore so they need to do all this tweety-bird BS.
Honestly i think that she sang it great...but also i agree with everyone else whos says that she over sang it..sure i cant sing like her but i do a note or two. i think she tryed to sound amazeing and tryed to hard...just like the black eyed peas... prob just a bad mic but that dont help the fact the Christina messed up our national anthum....maybe next time : /
"But I'll know my song well before I start singing" Bob Dylan – 'A Hard Rain's A'Gonna Fall"
This girl is awful. This rendition from the past should have completely disqualified her from ever being asked to do it again.
The Star Spangled Banner is an absolutely terrible song but until this country decides to get a real anthem that speaks of the best in us, we're stuck with it and it should be sung with majesty and respect.
The most variation I want to hear is something like Leann Rimes did. Other than that, please leave the song as it was intended.
I doubt half the haters in here know the Star Spangled Banner by heart, either. People make mistakes, and even though you're paid to do such things, mistakes are not out of the ordinary. I do agree that she went overboard with this rendition. She tried to make this her own when the song is supposed to represent our country. With that being said, there are a lot of far worse renditions... like I replied to someone before... let's not forget Roseanne. That should be #1 on everyone's list.
Good grief, people! Why is it that because someone has an opinion they are suddenly turned into "haters"?
Nobody cares about Roseanne. Nobody would hold her accountable for anything.
She STINKS!!!!!!!! wHATS WITHE ALL THE WARBLING AND SCREAMING? and I thought bolton was the puky screamer.
she did great! stop hating! she's only human and able to commit mistakes.. Its not like she killed your mom! and she's still the best vocalist of our time. the singers nowadays can't even sing a single note so she still deserves a damn respect!
She didn't do 'great'. She didn't even do good enough. If she had spent the time thinking about the words of the song she was singing and less time on how she was going to screech and distort the words and melody, I bet things would have come out right.
Off the subject, but go to you tube and type in Simon & Garfunkel and find Art Garfunkel's live performance of the song 'For Emily Whenever I May Find Her.' There is no embellishment or acrobatics in his performance, just a singer doing his best to sing a song that is melodic and beautiful, and what results is one of the greatest vocal performances ever. I was at a concert of theirs in the late 1960's when Art sang this song, Everyone in the audience had chills up their spine and many had tears in their eyes and the standing ovation was spontaneous and heart-felt. I wouldn't give two cents for any of these contemporary singers.
Thats whats wrong with this country people are more concerned about petty things like this who cares how she sang it if u can do better than sign up next year and while your at it get a life
Its a public forum jerkie
I find it hilarious that everyone on this blog keeps insisting that anyone who sings the bational
This is why our country is so screwed up people are more concerned over petty things like this who cares how she sang it if you can do better then sign up next year otherwise please shut up!and get a life
She was perfect the way she did it. EVERYONE seems like a bunch of haters. And I'm sure at least half of them are.
Maybe it's just me, but she kinda had a even-less-talented-than Cyndi Lauper thing going on, looks-wise. Frankly, even SHE can't be surprised she screwed up the lyrics. KNOWING the words, and committing to memory long enough not to make yourself look like an idiot are NOT the same thing. At least she's still good for comedy. Now we need her and The Black Eyed Peas to ride this wave of "talent" all the way to obscurity. NOW.
I think Francis Scott Key and company rolled over in their graves last night LOL–she ruins the anthem every time... Please don't hire her to sing it again!
Has k.d. lang ever sung the national anthem at an event? She has the most gorgeous voice EVER. Bring her up on YouTube singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". She doesn't add all that frou-frou stuff to any song. kd has the purest, smoothest, most beautiful voice.
But she got paid to mess it up or perhaps it was a dare from someone. AWEFUL!
Ok people back to work. We have a day to finish. Coffeeeeeeeee!
I agree, the girl messed up. But what gets me is the people on here that keep saying that whoever sings the anthem should sing it as it was written. Were any of you haters there when Francis Scott Key penned it? Did you ask him specifically how it should go? No, I didn't think so.
She sounds awful here, too!!
I listened to it for the first time just now, and didn't even notice that she flubbed the words. She has such an outstanding voice that I was just listening, in amazement, to it. Her voice is like a fine tuned instrument and she has such control over it. Christina's vocal talent is phenominal. I also loved Whitney Houston's arrangement of the National Anthem that she sang at the Super Bowl a few years back. My very favorite arrangement of The National Anthem is the one sung by N'SYNC back in the early 2000's at the Super Bowl. They didn't play around with it vocally, but simply sang it, in perfect harmony, note for note. It was breathtakingly beautiful. It's a really hard song to sing and I commend the singers who attempt it. Christina, was great even with a flub of the words and she's not the first to flub the words, and sometimes notes, of that difficult, but moving anthem. I love our National Anthem!
This performance was terrible. No, I am not able to do any better…but I did not make over $20M last year for my great singing ability either.
If us “normal” people would have performed that poorly at an important meeting with international clients, well…we would have been fired.
Let’s remember her historical great performances and halt any future ones.
I didn't doubt that she knew the words I just doubted that she was sober. Honestly, she seemed like she was drunk or something.
She not even a citizen so why i she sining our national anthem?
Most people have no idea that is true. She hasnt applied for citizenship because she said in a 2009 interview that she doesnt see herself as a American. Her emphasis on the word American came off as a distaste to many
She as born in Ecuador then came to US at age 6 months. So many sites have that she was born in Staten Island, NY.. Wrong.. thats where her family came to when she was 6 months. She tried to hide that fact and got busted on the09 interview.
A quick search on Google will let you know that she was born in Staten Island, NY. That would mean that she is a citizen.
How could the Super Bowl organizers select such an idiot to perform the National Anthem. She messed it up really bad. Why can't performas sing it correctly without all the screwed up alterations.
Once upon a time, singers would add a few extra notes to a melody to make it more interesting. When used appropriately, it can add interest to a song. However, when the whole stinking song is done that way, it just sounds stupid, and makes the entire song pointless. Good melodies are written to evoke emotion. People cheer at the high note near the end of the song, because that's where the song reaches its climax. When you destroy the melody, you lose that emotion too.
She has a wonderful voice and it was a fluke. However, I really wish she would not add all of that extra crap into the words. What is it with singers now and the need to cram in a dozen extra notes. The beauty of a voice is singing the song not showing us you know even more notes. STOP IT!
Perhaps if she just tried to sing the song correctly she might be able to remember the lyrics. That is one song that shouldn't be "personalized" by an artist (of course other than Jimi Hendrix). She's white trash and her performance reflected just that.
I think it's funny that other Americans forget this is the land of FREEDOM and are upset that Cristina decided to sing the song how she best love to sing the song. It's the words that matter. How she sang it is freedom of expression. Which is what the song is about. I thought that is what our country was about. As long as she did not murder or violate some physically what is the problem?
she screwed up the words too.
I wish the Star Spangled Banner could be sung as it was written. It is disrespectful to put your own 'flair' to the National Anthemn. Please, no more screaming females 'interpreting' a song that belongs to all of us.
Considering that the National Anthem was written as a poem there is no musical plan for this song. When the first person started singing this POEM they put their own style/flair on it and since none of us were there when it was sang for the first time how do we know that the way it is sung today is the correct way?
Why do people feel the need to sing the aenthem like hohohohohoiiooohhhhoohohohohiohaohoohohohohhohohoohiiioiouiuouiuoioieia
I want to know who the idiot was that had her sing the National Anthem in the first place.
I don't know what's worse; her version of the National Anthem, or idiots like Chris with limited vocabularies!
You see, all the extra notes she sings just hides the fact that she is flat on all her high notes. Her voice is just not strong enough to support the way she tries to sing.
Again, this is a demonstration of how a few people think that their way is the only way something can or should be done. For a lot of people in the U.S., they hold the national anthem like it is some Holy Grail that shouldn't be touched or changed melodically one bit. It is somehow supposed to be "sacred" or "pure." The idea of adding vocal flourishes to the song is somehow seen as wrong, disrespectful, etc.
Yet, that is not the only culture or generation within America. There are people in this country who believe that making a song their own is the biggest way of showing love and respect. It is not that people think they can do the song better than the original, but instead, they think that making it their own is their own way of paying homage. Look at all of the rearrangements that are done to traditional hymns. They aren't disrespecting the people who wrote the hymns and what they stand for. Instead, they are making an effort to say that the content, words, and feelings in those hymns have been incorporated into their own being.
That being said, Christina does tend to oversing everything, and it was unfortunate she forgot the words. I think every singer who ever does that song does it from time to time. I wish Christina would tone it down a bit, but I understand why she would want to do what she does. On something like the Super Bowl that is watched internationally, it might not be a bad idea to find a happy medium between keeping things traditional and having a song full of vocal acrobatics to pay attention to people with various views about music.
Was "its" really spelled "it's" in the press release or is that CNN's mistake?
Did you stupid people even listen to her, she is very powerful. And what is the right way to sing it? Sing it normal? Really? If you really watched her, it was from the heart.
Hey, Joe–I'm not stu[id. The National Anthem belongs to all of us and singing it as it was written is a mark of respect. Go mess up some other old standard–this is not your song to 'interpret'.
As it was written? It was written as a poem, not a song, and the song melody itself comes from a DRINKING song.
Hardly original music there. Not to mention all the left out stanzas and how Francis Scott Key himself had a few different versions.
There's no one true version of the Star Spangled Banner, not at all.
Too bad for her that she will now go down in history as not knowing the words and has now joined Rosanne Barr. Just sing the song and stop making it a concert moment. It was not meant to be sung any other way than the way the author intended. I get so tired of these performers trying to make their mark with our National Anthem. Just sing it!
Yes she messed up the Anthem and it sucked, but how come no one is saying how that stupid Glee chick messed up "America"?
Bcause "America" is not the national anthem. thanks for playin
No No No! Thats the ultimate way to show your patriotism! Show outrage when some silly twit screws up the National Anthem and demand her head! If you don't show outrage over it, you're UN-AMERICAN! Put them all in JAIL!
I used some deep penetrating action on Snooki last night.
What's with the "AHHHHHHaaaaahhhhhhhAAAAAAHHHHHHaaaahhhhhAAAAHHHHHHaaaaaaahhhhhh......"
She works that in to EVERY song she does, like Julia Roberts does that stupid laugh in EVERY movie. We get it, it's you trade mark, but enough already!
I love Christina and I am 51. I love her voice and her pipes. I never heard her mess up the words, I know by the end I had chill bumps on my arms. What gets me is people putting her down and they sound like they are jealous. She has some of the best vocals of nearly anyone I have heard in the singing industry. The girl has had 5 Grammy awards so she must be doing something right. People please quit putting her down, everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes. I really think Lea did a great job on America also.
I don't even care that she messed up the words. There is NO reason to mess up the melody. She sounded like she was yodeling – I HATE THAT! I'm not jealous – I'm embarassed for her.
I hate when singers take a single syllable word and turn it into 15 syllables! It just sounds ridiculous!
It seems to be uniquely American to have pig-headed egotistical celebrities sing our National Anthem all jazzed up, just to show how "speshul" they are. Makes me want to puke. The most awe inspiring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner that I ever heard was performed a couple days after 9/11. Ironically enough, it was performed by the Buckingham Palace guard. A more respectful, tear jerking version of our anthem, I have never heard.
Who cares, that song sucks anyways.
YOU are an un-American IDIOT!
Just because a song is patriotic doesn't mean it is good. There are a lot of songs about America which are much more appealing to me, and if they had picked another song to be the anthem I'd be just as happy over it. You do know it was more than a century before the song was officially made the national anthem, right?
i would love to hear you say that to the face of a soldier who has seen things no one should ever see. and they see these things cuz they are protecting your freedoms. the same freedoms that they were fighting for when this amazing song was written.
i thought she did a wonderful job!! it's not an easy song to sing! she looked very polished and appropriate!!
if you people can't say (type) something nice........
She was smooth about it. In the military it is referred to as "maintaining a military bearing". Get over it. You never made a mistake in public or is it you have never put yourself out there. The focus of the Super Bowl is supposed to be the football.
Don't worry about it the coutry is in the same boat. Play ball!!!!!
Hi idk who christina is or how horrible her singing was but i would like to know somebody plz send me a youtube link at: email@example.com
The girl has some pipes. But even the rendition shown in the video at the NBA finals was not that great. Maybe she should sing something else 🙂
Why is she beginning to look more like Cyndi Lauper these days??
When will the "powers that be" who hire these fabulous "super-stars" to sing the National Anthem REQUIRE them to sing it CORRRECTLY without their mega-syllable versions? I guess I am just tired of over-rated, over-paid, "super-stars" killing our National Anthem everytime they attempt to sing it!
Me too. Give the chance to some young person that just wants to sing it – normal.
yes, Lea Michelle sang "America" and she did great!
Yeah thats what we need! More LAWS! She should be ARRESTED and put in JAIL! God some people are idiots. Yes she sucked, get over it losers.
I'm sure God forgives her. She is a beautiful human being. Stop being so quick to judge people. At least she didn't get up there and make racial slurs unlike some people on here. And just because she slipped up on the anthem doesn't mean she disrespects the flag. "One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all."
I agree, Tracy. But I have to say that screaming and screeching lines of any song by any artist just doesn't sit well with me. There are many examples of very good vocalists doing this. As I watched Christina A. sing I thought how sad it is that she couldn't put her beautiful voice to better use. For example, I loved Kelly Clarkson when she was on AI but when she started coming out with hits that had her screaming the lines I was appalled. Such a beautiful voice wasted on screaming.
Do you even know the song "America"..? Don't think so! LoL oh well. Lets all move on.
@DJ – That IS OUR National Anthem! Sad you don't know that! Wish she had done a better job, a song so important should have at least been sung correctly.
Her mistake was horrible. Her singing was not what I like, but was tremendous for what it was. Her apology was indefensible: you flub the lyrics, you own up and apologize to all who were upset by it. You can chalk it up to being caught up in the moment (which may be true), but don't ask me to "feel your love". Apologize for the mistake.
She messed up and was sorry for it. Let it go people and BTW I don't even like her. Would you have rather had Roseann Barr sing it?
Yes, and that is OUR National Anthem song! Get it right!
I luv aguilera,i luv her bodyy,i luv her azz,i luv her lipzz I luv u baby.
We definitely need more people like this guy in the gene pool. and why is everyone giving that other guy such a hard time for messing up the words. he's up there every day trying to.... Sing.... And look.... Manish..
She might of had a rough go at it, but she looked like a million bucks!!! I am just glad I was in a place that I couldn't hear very well!!! Lol
She looked horrible. That suit was awful and not flattering to her body type. And her make-up was horrendous.
Are you sure you were looking at the same woman I was? My wife and I had a SB party and everyone at our place thought she looked terrible. Two of our friends are make-up artists and both were shocked she would show up with such bad looking make-up and that was just the start of her problems.
I only heard the first few words. When I listen to anyone sing the our National Anthem it only takes a quick listen to see if they are going to sing it the traditional way (the way it should be sung) or if they are going to put their personal stamp on it, to make the song all about them. I find this very disrespectful. When I hear the song headed in that direction I turn the channel until it is over. That's what I did this time. About her making an error, we're all human and that part of her performance is a tempest in a tea pot.
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Did you seriously just put words to the lone ranger theme song to try and make fun of someone??
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i love her soulful voice ...
Yes she made a boo boo but that makes her human and at least she not only finished the song, but finished it with power and grace. Gave me goosebumps.
Gave me goosebumps too. The kind I get right before I barf.
I thought it was soulful. No one complained with Whitney Houston embellished. I loved it.
I think she did wonderful!! So what she made a mistake, she is human. We all are human, so if there is one person out there that has not made one mistake in there life. Then and only then you have the right to judge.
Gave me goosebumps too – also watering eyes, bleeding ears, and a headache almost as if someone was pounding a spike into the top of my skull. The girl can sing, no question, but come on, its your NATIONAL ANTHEM for Pete's sake! Even I know the lyrics, and I'm from Canada. She overdid it and her attempt at a save failed. There is nothing wrong with singing with feeling – Christina's made a career out of that – but that was a bit over-the-top. I agree with the idea of having a soldier or police officer sing the anthems instead, even in Canada. On the plus side, at least it wasn't Celine Dion!!
Power and grace? Seriously, anyone with so much as a month of voice training could hear just how forced her notes sounded at the end. My throat hurt on her behalf. That was just plain poor technique.
i dunno which was worse.........her SINGING or her screwing up the lyrics. And if she's sang it correctly BEFORE she shouldn't have screwed it up NOW!!! NO EXCUSE!!!
Why do so many singers come up with their own version of the star spangled banner? Why can't they sing it the way it was written?
There needs to be a law or two protecting our national anthem like laws we have protecting our flag!
If they can't sing it the way it was written then don't sing it at all!
I gave 20 years of my life defending this great nation and I find it offensive that so many singers feel it necessary to re-do the national anthem
Get over yourself. There's no rule that says we even have to have an official national anthem. It's up to all American people to decide how to sing it, not just a few opinionated folks. Apparently, the vast majority of people see the anthem as something to sing at the beginning of a stupid football game. If our customary way of venerating our anthem is just by watching some guys toss a ball back and forth, you've got no business getting your panties in a bunch about a girl flubbing a couple words.
A law? Really? That may be the dumbest thing I have ever read on CNN. And that is saying something.
I think somebody's been reading too many myths and legends, like the one about how Stravinsky was arrested for rewriting it.
In the US though, we have this thing called Freedom of Speech, which includes musical performances as well. You are more than welcome as an individual to not patronize anybody for whatever reasons you want, but don't get the law involved when it is just a matter of artistic style. Especially given that the song itself has several different versions, and no real codification was every officially established. Even Francis Scott Key changed it a little. Heck, I'm sure if you HEARD a few of the better modified versions you'd appreciate them, such as Whitney Houston's.
well then again she did screw up the lyrics to the song
In the first place, she did not sing the national anthem. She sang "America".
Uh, no. Someone from Glee sang America.
You r an idiot
Clearly, you can't tell the difference between Christina Aguilera (a blonde) and Lea Michele (a brunette). Aguilera sang "The Star-Spangled Banner". Moron.
FAIL wrong song ding dong! LOL
Go back to your spaceship! You obviously don't know what planet you're on!
are you sure that you are an american DJ? to not know what the national anthem is? really? you just insulted every american soldier on the front lines, dying for freedom. good job, thanks for playin.
I agree. It's not that she missed the lyrics, that happens. It that she sounded AWFUL! It's not always a good idea to embellish a song. It shows that she is stuck on her typical style of singing and can't reach past it to do a song the proper way. It was rough and ugly, and rambling. Please save that kind of music fashion for the pop charts.
I bet if you sang it the only some body who would listen would be your dog! And he'd be howling the whole time.
Who says what is the 'proper' way?? pretty sure the writer didn't ever say "and remember, this must always be sung in a monotone, boring fashion"
Amy: I'm sorry you find "The Star-Spangled Banner" boring. I, for one, could never find a song about our military defending our country to be "boring". It's an amazing song based on an amazing poem about an amazing, real-life event. Nothing about it is boring, and I don't need someone singing it who is only interested in sounding like the most amazing singer ever. I want to hear someone sing it and you can tell they know what the song is about, and they are relaying the emotion of the song in HOW they sing it, not by how long they string a note. I'll bet half of the people who are paid to sing this song at games have no idea what the song is about.
Um, it wasn't the SONG which AMY was referring to, but the STYLE. Any number of great songs can be sung in a different style and some are better than others. That doesn't mean anything about the style itself or the song. Can you imagine combining Gregorian Chant and the Star-Spangled banner?
But anyway, I'm sure a lot of people don't know what the song refers to in history, it being almost 200 years since the events in question happened. But at least more people know the song than they do "The Anacreontic Song" right?
Aguilera's 2011 Super Bowl National Anthem = one of the worst renditions ever!
It definitely isn't the worst, though. One of the worst yes. Let's not forget Roseanne.
Agreed!! And Whitney's was the best!!
Christina clearly doesn't know what the term "understated" means. Her style of singing is fine. But last night, she seemed to think each line needed to be louder, longer, and more embellished than the previous one. So by the time she got to the end, she had nowhere left to go and literally had to resort to screaming. Good thing the song wasn't longer, or she'd might have burst a blood vessel.
At least she sang it live!!!!! Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson both used pre- recorded versions and just lip synched.
I agree with KP...why can't people sing the anthem the way it is supposed to be sung without all the fancy additions? It's not American Idol.......It's our country's anthem and should be respected as such! I didn't like the way she sang it. She has an amazing voice and could have done a really good job....sorry Christina, it's thumbs down.
Up yaws Weezy – You are just plain low class!!!!!!
Why don't you sing one of the hardest songs to remember in front of a 100M people and let's see how you do. All these arm chair critics!
@Choconet......Your question for Springsgranny is flawed because it is not Springsgranny's profession to be a singer. (I'm assuming) Springsgranny probably doesn't get paid millions of dollars to oversing. Aguilera is supposed to be a professional. She sure is paid like one. She should perform as such.
Why? Because these little shows are about the hyper-vain entertainers, not the Nation or the meaning of the song as it was originally written.
Choconet: No one is critizing her ability to sing the anthem. I don't even think people are even that appalled at her flubbing the words (anyone can do that). The criticism is her need (and many other singers ruin that song by doing this to) to put tons of vibrato and dramatics into the song. The song is at it's best when it is sung simply and cleanly. It isn't a love song. Just sing it as it was written. THAT is what upset me about her rendition of it. I am not offended by her getting the lyrics wrong, that's an honest mistake.
U people make me sick, always got something to say about somebody, she sang the hell of that song, but if you don't know music you would say she sound bad, I loved it every word of it. That gal got some pipes on her and she can sing. He who has never messed up in their life, hunt her down and shoot her like the dog you are saying she is. As far as this Country and messing up the great song, you people don't even repect the President of the U.S.A. so just shut up and do what you do.
I don't like the way you talk. You disrespect the English language. Therefore, you should be made not to talk. Ever!
You are rediculous Springsgranny. As is everyone who agrees that the anthem should be sung one way only. What is the "correct" way to sing the anthem, you self proclaimed anthem experts? I would like to hear you guys sing it. America is a melting pot of cultures, accents, and languages. The way it was meant to be. Singing the anthem in someones own way is a reflection of our "melting pot." Grow up people and get off your high horses!
Nikki – as a real american im going to say this:
The national anthem is what it is, not negotiable and it represents the country, not one segment of whatever color decides today is the day they are persecuted more or whatever. America is non-negotiable. The song is how it should be. If american really mattered to you, you would understand that.
I am trained in music and voice and can say quite assuredly that her rendition was beyond atrocious. Did you not hear the strain in her voice when she sung the high notes? That is a sign of a rank amateur. Not only that, but she missed quite a few notes rather badly.
And until yesterday, I used to respect her voice. Now all I can do is hang my head and wonder what the heck happened to her.
John- Are you kidding me?? You clearly lack a couple chapters in your "music/voice" text book. Here's the deal. She is a vocalist. She was in front of millions upon millions of people. This is what I want you to do... Go up on stage at the next SuperBowl and try to do better; that is try not to stutter, try not to gasp into the mic like that Lea girl did, and try not to break a sweat. As far as her putting her own "groove" into the anthem...Please tell me she is not the first person you "by the books" people have criticized for this? How many other artists do it that you don't mumble a word about? Hm?
It's amusing to me that people think they know how the song was originally written to be sung. It was a poem that wasn't paired with music for a very long time and, when it was, the tune was an old English drinking song.
Ms. Aguilera's style isn't to my taste (and yes, I can sing; I did so professionally as a theatre actor for years), and I do prefer the more traditional melody, but it's really hard to use the argument that singers who put their own spin on the song are being disrespectful when the tune started life as a drunken warble. It's been elevated enormously and we should be proud of the fact that people in the US take our nation's symbols as seriously as we do.
Chistina and all who sing our National Anthem need to remember this not a performance about them! Thsi is celebrating the stuggle it took for our country to be established as independent. It is a sacred song and should not be desecreated with the singer trying to put on a show calling attention to herself. The idea of singing a song is to deliver a message wih the vehicle of music! You mess up the message because the message gets lost in your lousy delivery, and the entire reason for singing is invalid! Her messing up our Natioal Anthem was an insjult to everyone who heard it and especially the service persons who die daily to defend this country. I hope she does not accept any money for her failure to do what she was supposed to do!
You were right on target with your comments!
let her sing naked
I agree! That willl show her!
Are you proud to be so ignorant, Jack?
Why are you so afraid of the human body Anne?
Eeww, please no.
she was horrible!! she needs to sing in "normal" and not try to add all that crap at the end of each note. Regardless that she flubbed up the words, she ruined it.
Tommy Loy's single trumpet before the Cowboys games years ago was simple and the most effective. And how bad did she look!!!
Then you sing it! It’s so easy to criticize when you’re sitting on your couch.
Yes, that was pathetic. I realize that this is only a ball game but if someone is going to sing the National Anthem, it really needs to be someone who can sing, not just scream. Is this about a patriotic feeling, or just satire by a poorly dressed entertainer?
It is a big moment, mistakes do happen. But there is absolutely no reason nor excuse for anyone to get overly creative with the National Anthem. In that case, the only recourse is to practice until you are perfect; and it applies especially to the experts. The rendition, especially at the end, was very poor as well. Just try to listen to it with your eyes closed (in another room, if possible), and you will hear her literally shout out the last few words.
"she was horrible!! she needs to sing in "normal" and not try to add all that crap at the end of each note. Regardless that she flubbed up the words, she ruined it."
Couldn't agree more. What is it about these singers that think they have to drag out a note for weeks? Sing the song like it's written. That should be enough of a challenge for Aguilera's feeble mindset.
What is NORMAL? Did you hear the first time it was sung ever? Just because it's not sung the way YOU think it should be does not mean it's not good or normal. If an African American artist sang it different not a word would be said. EVERY singer has his/her own sound. Country singers are going to sing it with a twang, R&B will put some groove to it, a child will sing it with innocence and maybe mispronounce a word or two. If the person sings it with pride and love for our country there you go. You have an OFF switch use it.
you're all missing the most important detail of this story, by missing the line in the song, she clocked in at 1 minute 53 seconds, the over/under in Vegas was 1 minute 54 seconds, her little mistake may have inconvenienced some patriots and bothered some people sitting on their couches, but it cost a lot of people a lot of money.
Becouse you can do it better right?
You're just jealous of her! LOL! Get a life or a clue or something!
Yeah, like you could get up and sound any better? I hate to enlighten you, but you are human just like Christina- you make mistakes too pal. So get over yourself!