The Super Bowl is a football game that all fans tune into each year, whether your team is actually playing in it or not. This game is a highlight of American sports and can make or break an artist who performs during the high-profile event. Being seen by millions of people all around the world can sometimes cause an artist to mess up their lyrics. This weekend, we all tuned in to the Super Bowl to see one of the worst flubs in sports history.
Christian Science Monitor reports that Christina Aguilera is being blasted for botching the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl XLV Sunday, Feb. 6. Aguilera’s condemned performance came as she was heard mumbling some of the lyrics and totally skipped a verse of the song all together. She had also tried to spin the song by adding a bluesy feel to it, which made the whole performance that much worse. Although her personal spin on the song was bad, everyone is attacking her because she messed up the lyrics and forgot how the song actually went.
Aguilera is not the first person to mess up the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and I am sure she will not be the last. Spinner reports that quite a few artists have messed up one of the biggest moments in sports history, including Michael Bolton. Bolton was performing the National Anthem at the 2003 American League Championship Series at Fenway Park in Boston. The series was between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, so you know the crowd was all fired up. Just 46 seconds into the song, Bolton forgets the lyrics and pauses as he looks at them, which were written on his hand. Bolton did recover from this huge flub, but sports fans all over the world have not, and still talk about it to this day.
Kat DeLuna also bombed when she went up to sing the National Anthem at a 2008 Dallas Cowboys National Football League game. The game was held at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Dallas where fans were excited to see their team and show some patriotism as well. DeLuna was horrible because she overdid the song, often trying to excel her vocal range far beyond what it should go. She overemphasized her words and used too many hand gestures, which just threw the song into a big mess. She also wobbled through some of the lyrics, hitting some notes and missing others. Her performance would not have been that bad if she would have focused more on the lyrics of the song instead of exaggerating each word.
No National Anthem flub would be complete without mentioning Rosanne Barr at the 1990 San Diego, Calif., Padres baseball game. Everyone remembers this embarrassing disaster because she deliberately sang off key, in an attempt to be comical. Barr is a comedian but she should have known that there is a time to be serious and a time to be funny; this was not the time to be funny. She then proceeded to grab her crotch, which was something a lot of baseball players did. People will remember this because Barr just absolutely crossed the line with her performance and it also made her seem ignorant and plain rude. Barr recovered somewhat from the whole mess, but people did not forget and will never forget that horrible performance.
Aguilera should expect a little fallout from this but I think she will recover. Aguilera is a great artist and she just messed up, which seems to happen a lot. I think she will be able to redeem herself from this performance and people will forget within a few months. She is a great artist and has great vocal skills, just simply was not her day in my opinion. The Super Bowl National Anthem is a big deal but, overall, mistakes happen and people mess up. I believe that in a few months Aguilera will be able to comeback and prove to people she just had a bad day.
Peter Grier, “Christina Aguilera national anthem: why she flubbed it”, Christian Science Monitor
Spinner Staff, “Worst National Anthem Performances: 11 Star-Spangled Blunders”, Spinner