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Posted at 9:21 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

♪♫ Christina Aguilera, a lesson for you in singing from Whitney Houston

By Melissa Bell

Yesterday, I suggested the Black Eyed Peas seek guidance from Guns 'N' Roses for any future Super Bowl shows (though judging by the collective vote of America that won't happen any time soon). I avoided offering advice to poor Christina Aguilera thinking a few missed words could be easily forgiven. But then this video came across my Facebook page Monday night. And seriously? This is singing the National Anthem. This is Patriotism. This woman can belt out a tune. Whitney Houston, teach a lady how to sing:

By Melissa Bell  | February 8, 2011; 9:21 AM ET
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Best ever!

Posted by: Craightond | February 8, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

You have got to be joking, right? Houston played a recording and did a poor lip sync job during the actual performance at the game. Sure it sounded good, but it was done in a recording studio. Of course she got it right, (after how many takes?) but it did not happen at the game. Yes, it is an important song, Christina feels bad about it, too bad it happened, let's move on. There have got to be more important things to fret over.

Posted by: mozes37 | February 8, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

While I agree that Whitney did a fantastic job on the National Anthem - isn't that about the time the crowd stopped singing and the National Anthem became a solo performance? Growing up we ALL used to sing it at ALL the events. Christina's biggest mistake, made by many, was not asking the crowd to join in the singing. How many of THEM even know all the words any more?
The whole idea used to be that we could all sing the National Anthem together, no matter what our religious, political, or sexual preferences are - a celebration of our shared freedom. Perhaps listing the pop-star of the hour ought to be turned back to taking part in a wonderful, patriotic celebration.
Signed: A Far-Left, non-Christian, Liberal (Yes, we are patriotic too.)

Posted by: MamaKat74 | February 8, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the lesson is: record it ahead of time. Jennifer Hudson's was flawless too, also pre-recorded.

Posted by: pjb3 | February 8, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the National Anthem has always been sung by the crowds and that is part of the beauty of it. However, Whitney's version back in '91 (I believe that was the year) actually elevated this song, which is quite difficult to sing, by any standard, to a new level. It enabled a younger generation to connect with the lyrics, giving an "old"/aged song a newfound respect. I will never forget being in a (quite large) bar on Superbowl Sunday as it was performed by her, and the entire place went silent. It was such a tense time, at the beginning of the Gulf War, and Whitney's rendition stirred up a national pride and inspired a respect for our servicemen and women. Magical. Later there was a ridiculous controversy about her having "lip-synched" the song --- when in truth the custom at that time (and even now) for huge events like the Superbowl (where acoustics are always questionable), was for stars to pre-record their songs and then sing along with (not lip-sych) the recording at the actual event. It was a non-controversy, in my opinion, because Whitney had sung the song herself on the recording (no Milli Vanilli here!) and then sang along herself, mike on, at the event.... It was not meant to "dupe" anyone, but was just the professional custom at such events. Cristina should have followed suit and, if she had, there would be no current controversy about forgotten lyrics etc. Whitney's version is a classic and it will be difficult for anyone to top it.

Posted by: bridgetkc | February 8, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Houston definitely set the standard. In fact she sang it again for the troops and this time to shut up all the doubters she started it off acapella. Just as good. The girl has earned her spot in history. Christina has talent and though this Super Bowl gaffe is getting out of hand she would do well to take a few singing lessons from her idol.
The other performance of The National Anthem.

Posted by: tobeydicaprio | February 9, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

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