The Christina Aguilera national anthem made early headlines before kickoff. However, the Christina Aguilera national anthem turned out to be remembered for all the wrong reasons. Given the singer’s soaring voice, and her ability to drag out every syllable, the song was guaranteed to be a spectacle. Her pipes were indeed on full display – yet her memory was another matter. As such, Aguilera’s rendition of the national anthem will be remembered for her accidental change to the Star Spangled Banner lyrics.
20 years ago, Whitney Houston set the bar for singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl. Despite all of the hype for this tradition, singers are only remembered for it if they are exceptionally great, or commit a big fumble.
Last night, the national anthem turned out to be such a fumble. The reason had nothing to do with her voice, but rather her singing. The Star Spangled Banner lyrics include the verse “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.” Instead, she interpreted it as “What’s so proudly we watched, at the twilight’s last gleaming.”
After mixing up the words like that, there was no redeeming herself. She finished the song with no further errors, yet the damage had been done. Ironically, she said to Reuters two weeks ago that she sung the Star Spangled Banner since she was seven.
No matter how many times she sings it again, this performance will hang over Aguilera for a while. But she quickly explained herself to the Associated Press, stating that she lost her place and got too caught up in the moment.
Singers can lose their place and get tangled up at any given moment. Yet to do so in front of the nation’s biggest stage – especially with millions ready to pounce on Twitter and Facebook – can be much more embarrassing. The only thing worse than messing up the lyrics is to get caught lip synching, although she didn’t appear to be doing that as well.
If not for the error, the national anthem would have been remembered rather well. Aguilera was hired for her big voice and unique singing style, and it was on full display. However, that voice was hired to sing the Star Spangled Banner voice as written.
The mishap was an honest mistake, since she did know the words and just got them mixed up. Yet since this was the biggest rendition of the Star Spangled Banner all year, Aguilera’s national anthem mistake is all that viewers will remember the routine for.
FOX News Latino- “Christina Aguilera’s National Anthem Fumble At The Super Bowl”
Reuters- “Christina Aguilera to sing Super Bowl national anthem”
Associated Press- “Aguilera repeats line at national anthem”