ARLINGTON, Texas – Platinum blonde pop star Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics of the American National Anthem, singing in to a capacity crowd in Dallas Cowboys Stadium to open Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, February 6, 2011.
Sometimes a mantel filled with Grammy Awards just isn’t enough. Christina Aguilera, who currently appears on the big screen in “Burlesque” with Cher, may have assumed her star power would carry her through. After all, Christina Aguilera belted out the National Anthem for the 2010 NBA Playoffs just last spring.
But she should have boned up on America’s hymn of patriotism. After all, accuracy counts with Americans.
Immediately after Lea Michele, star of “Glee,” rocked the house with her rendition of “America the Beautiful,” with on-screen camera close-ups showing approving nods from former U.S. President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, the military color guard lined up proudly for the American National Anthem.
The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers stood boldly, with their helmets pressed to their chests.
It went downhill from there.
Christina Aguilera left out the ramparts, over which “The Star Spangled Banner” lyricist Francis Scott Key watched the “rocket’s red glare” and the “bombs bursting in air” in 1814.
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Immediately, the blogosphere exploded. Twitterers tweeted. Facebook statuses updated. And countless cyberchatters assailed the 30-year-old songbird for her inaccurate histrionics.
Well, we guess Christina Aguilera will not be appearing on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” or “The Singing Bee” any time soon.
Don’t quit your day job, Christina.
Here are the actual lyrics to the American National Anthem, just in case next year’s Super Bowl honored musical guest needs to study up ahead of time – or if any sporting event should ever dare to invite Christina Aguilera to do the patriotic honors again.
Oh, 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 thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?