On Feb. 6¸ 2011, Christina Aguilera had the honor of being chosen to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XLV. With this honor comes great responsibility to give the song the respect that it deserves for the men and women of our country who have fought so hard for the opportunity to sing it in a free country. Today, there is much talk on social networking sites and in the news regarding the fact that she botched the lyrics as she repeated a line of the song with a variation. Christina also belted it out like she was yelling.
There have been other times in recent years where other famous celebrities have delivered a less than honorable performance in singing this song at various sporting events. Carl Lewis managed to get into the Hall of Shame with his rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at an NBA game back in January of 1983. He missed notes, sang off-key, and even offered a mid-song apology. The performance is painful to watch and makes you wonder who booked him to sing the national anthem.
Then there is the famous performance given by Michael Bolton. He sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Game Four of the 2003 American League Championships Series in Boston. In his poor performance, Bolton wasn’t even smooth about forgetting the lyrics. He had them written on the palm of his hand and peeked at them mid-performance. There is also some weird echoing going on as he sang. This was just a hard performance to witness as you watch a great musician be that blatant about not knowing the words.
Then there is probably the worst performance of the national anthem ever done in the history of our country. Roseanne Barr gets this honor for when she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a 1990 San Diego Padres game. In a disrespectful demeanor, she sang off-key and at the end of the song, grabbed her privates and spit on the pitcher’s mound. Granted, Barr is no singer to begin with and should have never been asked to sing the national anthem. But, even if she can’t sing, she still did not need to do the other things she did in the performance.
Christina Aguilera is certainly the talk of many in the aftermath of messing up our national anthem. People are commenting on social sites how disgraceful it is that she botched it, while a few are defending her that she is only human. In the midst of this, Christina is getting a lot of negative publicity over this event. Had it been her at a concert singing one of her songs, it probably wouldn’t have hit the news. But the fact that it was the Super Bowl and it was the national anthem is what fuels the controversy. Like many things, there will be much talk going on in the next week or so. Then, once everyone has heard enough of it, life will move on for her and those engrossed in the controversy and it will be a forgotten event until the next famous person does something similar.