The Christina Aguilera Super Bowl anthem is still a big talking point. If the Christina Aguilera Super Bowl national anthem remains a big deal two days later, then it had to have gone rather badly. Whenever someone sings the national anthem, at the Super Bowl or elsewhere, it is usually uneventful. It only stays in the headlines if it’s gone exceptionally well, or if it was flubbed big time. As everyone knows by now, Aguilera’s Super Bowl performance went in the latter direction.
The game, of course, was the biggest headline of Super Sunday. But other than the game, the commercials, halftime show and other songs fight to be second fiddle every year. This time around, the biggest non-football-related story was the national anthem, for the wrong reasons.
Since Aguilera mixed up the lyrics, people are still having their fun joking about it. Yet it wasn’t a case of her forgetting the lyrics, as she claims she got too caught up in the moment to get them straight.
The “Star-Spangled Banner” lyrics may not be completely known by everyone. However, those who get to perform them are usually counted on to get them straight – especially on the year’s biggest stage. In this ordeal, Aguilera got them wrong in front of the biggest television audience in U.S. history.
Therefore, this national anthem is a mishap Aguilera will have to live down for a while. Yet fellow Super Sunday performance Fergie defended her on Dan Patrick’s radio show yesterday, calling her one of “the best singers of our time.”
Her supporters and detractors will keep this story alive for a few more days, but she may be able to overshadow it soon. The Grammys are coming up on Sunday, and they seem to have arrived just in time now. New reports have her opening the show as part of a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Even if the Super Bowl performance is mined for a joke or two at the Grammys, the potential tribute to Franklin would overshadow it – especially if Franklin actually appears. Attaching herself to such a big moment would help wash out the national anthem flub more quickly.
At the moment, the mishap is garnering more press than any of the commercials, or the other musical performances. 20 years ago, a national anthem on Super Sunday was hailed as an instant classic. Yet the Christina Aguilera Super Bowl routine may be the second most famous after Whitney Houston’s, for more infamous reasons. However, it might not be long before her current embarrassment can fade back.
Wall Street Journal- “Christina Aguilera Explains National Anthem Fumble At Super Bowl”
Washington Post- “Christina Aguilera to open Grammys?”
New York Daily News- “Fergie and other celebs defend Christina Aguilera after Super Bowl National Anthem singing gaff”