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9 Worst National Anthem Gaffes (Videos)

by: Howard Cosmell On  Tuesday, February 8, 2011

I would like to take a moment to defend the people on this list. The national anthem is damn near impossible to sing. Christina’s goof at the Super Bowl was a screw-up, but she fixed it and got over it, and I actually think she did a pretty decent job. But that’s no fun for people to talk about. From a songwriter’s perspective (which I am definitely not) the words run together, the timing is completely screwed up, there’s never any accompaniment, and millions of people are watching. It’s a losing proposition. Even the people who do it poorly still do it pretty well, but we remember the screw ups, cause that’s the kind of people we are. So let’s run down 9 of the weakest performances of our national anthem at sporting events.

9. Christina Aguilera

“The twilight’s last reaming”? Kinky! Points for her singing it live as opposed to dubbed, points against her for not learning the words. We expected great things from the midget with the golden pipes. I was on board with her singing, but you want to make sure that you have the lyrics down cold. Cause, you know, it’s kind of a big night….

8. Carl Lewis

Just because you’re really fast doesn’t mean you can sing worth a damn. That lack of connection between the two should seem pretty obvious, but you would be surprised at how Carl Lewis wasn’t able to make that deduction. As such, we are left with a fast guy singing horribly. Oh well! It’s partly a blessing and partly a shame that the whole thing isn’t available online.

7. Keri Hilson

At :30, you’ll see she runs with one line then decides to proceed with the ACTUAL line. Though it’s about as graceful a switch as one can make, it’s not so graceful that you can’t hear the crowd audibly moan during the error. Maybe we should change the national anthem to “Baby Got Back.” Everyone knows the words to that!

6. Scott Stapp

It’s fun to have Stapp on this list, because he’s just such an awful, overly-emotive singer to begin with that getting him to sing the anthem is tantamount to requesting my to sing a Michael Jackson song after 13 beers. It cannot be done. He ends every line with that stupid little noise, which I’m not entirely sure Francis Scott Key had in mind when he was jotting this little ditty down.

5. This Girl

Forget the words, then go get a crib sheet, then come back, then slip, then run away and try to forget the whole thing ever happened. I don’t care how optimistic you are, it’s hard to put a positive spin on this. I guess it’s noble that she tried to get back out there, but the spill on the ice is the last straw. Go home and change schools at that point.

4. Michael Bolton

This guy’s so bad that even if he had aced the thing, it still could have been viewed as a disaster just cause he was the one singing it. Unfortunately for Mike, things didn’t go perfectly and he had to take cues from the palm of his hand. What a pro.

3. Steven Tyler

The harmonica is not the most noble of instruments to kick off our national anthem, but Mr. Aerosmith manages to make it go downhill from there, making it sound more like an Aerosmith ballad. Further points off for sprinkling in his crazy-ass scats during the performance.

2. Kat DeLuna

You might know who Kat DeLuna is if it wasn’t for this abysmal performance at a Cowboys game in 2008. It sounds like 15 schizophrenics are splitting up the lines, and she doesn’t cut the last note of every line short. Could there be a worse feeling in the world than putting your soul on the line to sing the national anthem, then getting booed but a stadium full of people? If you ever meet Kat DeLuna, ask her.

1. Roseanne Barr

Just awful. I’m not one to get sanctimonious about the integrity of the national anthem, but I’ll be the first one to admit that this is extremely disrespectful to people with ears. Roseanne was just being Roseanne, but she should do that on her own time, not when she’s asked to do the honor of singing before a ballpark full of people.




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