Christina Aguilera

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What was the accusation?

On February 6, 2011, singer Christina Aguilera kicked off Super Bowl XLV with a rousing rendition of the U.S. national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner. Almost halfway through her number, though, Aguilera fumbled the line O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming, singing instead “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming (a botched rendering of previously sung lyrics). While the second half of Aguilera’s performance was lyrically flawless, viewers at home and at AT&T Stadium (Texas) quickly seized on the singer’s obvious faux pas, taking to social media to both criticize and ridicule her. Mortified by her mistake, Aguilera soon issued a public statement explaining what had happened and expressing hope that the true spirit of [America’s] anthem still came through in spite of her poor performance on the field.   

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I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.


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