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Posted at 12:32 AM ET, 02/ 7/2011

How bad was Christina Aguilera's national anthem?

By Cindy Boren

If you watch a lot of sports, you're going to see a lot of versions of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Christina Aguilera belted out a particularly lyrics-challenged rendition before Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night. but how bad was it?

Well, at least player noticed and tweeted about it. It was that bad. (Paging Mo Cheeks...)

So..... the National Anthem.......uhhhhh. That got awkward.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

Tossing out the epically poor version by Roseanne Barr, here's a look at some of the worst offenders...including a previous version by Aguilera.

If Twitter is any guide, Carl Lewis' national anthem is a clubhouse leader for worst.

@sysilvola Gotta good voice but hate it when stars funk up Natl Anthem! Just sing damn song! Ain't a concert 2 c u, it's our nation's song.

@44Diesel44 #Aguliera's version was just a little better than #CarlLewis's version.

@AshuSiralis I missed the start of the game, and now I'm glad. Geez...that was horrible. How many takes does she need for her songs?

@eric_theorange rule one of national anthem: get the words right. #fail

Bottom line: If you're going to mess around with the notes and lyrics, you'd better be able to bring the bring the anthem like Marvin Gaye did. Otherwise, just sing it the way Francis Scott Key wrote it, m'kay?

By Cindy Boren  | February 7, 2011; 12:32 AM ET
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Christina can't sing. She makes a lot of noise but she cant sing.

Posted by: nier | February 7, 2011 1:40 AM | Report abuse

On the bright side, this is proof positive that she doesn't lip sync.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | February 7, 2011 2:47 AM | Report abuse

and she went waaayy "under" on the length of time she held the word "free". the vegas line on the over under was 9 seconds i believe

Posted by: neumichel | February 7, 2011 4:31 AM | Report abuse

Well, what can I say. By looking at her it becomes obvious that she probably has talents other than her voice and memory that got her where she is. I'm sure she is orally adpet, it just doesn't involve singing.

Posted by: Tuscan002 | February 7, 2011 7:16 AM | Report abuse

I hope future singers of the National Anthem understand that the outcry here isn't just about forgotten lyrics. It's about this whole thing where a singer (generally female) feels a need to demonstrate that she is singing from her heart by thrashing about and "reinventing" the tune.

Posted by: jlhare1 | February 7, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I missed it. Took a break after first couple of bars. Another funky "star" with their own breathless version of the national anthem. Sing it as written......that's all that's needed.

Posted by: Carlpaguy | February 7, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Cristina has a nice voice but after the first notes even our cat got up and left the room. Many other stars have stylized the National Anthem and, while I prefer the song as it was written, they at least remembered the words. One would presume she was paid to be there. Hopefully the organizers got a refund.

I would presume that an easier song for Ms Aguilera to sing would be "99 bottles of beer on the wall" where the most difficult part would be the requirement to count backwards from 99. Of course, everyone would be asleep before she got to the end.

If someone next door was making that kind of noise, we would have called 911.

Posted by: Raven49 | February 7, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

an ornamental phrase of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in plainsong or blues singing.

We're being melisma'd to death by divas. Please, people, take it down a notch!

Posted by: trebor0012 | February 7, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Yes! No more melisma!!!!

Posted by: CindyBoren | February 7, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

That was horrendous. The last time I heard her sing the Anthem (it was at a Steelers game), she made a mockery of it then. I think we should start a campaign to strip her of her Grammys. Hey if they can take away Reggie Bush's Heisman Trophy, why not her Grammys!! In her defense, she did appear to be ... ummm .. a bit out of it last night?? Guess she didn't get enough sleep - what else could be the explanation for that??

Posted by: willypops | February 7, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Two words: Ronan Tynan. (Yeah, he's Irish, but so what?). Or, local talent if he's still around: Glenn Cunningham (Caps fans will remember)!

Posted by: wxdancer | February 7, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Wait, that was Christina Aguilera?? I thought it was The Joker from batman. Anywho, nice that she told her critics on twitter to "go kill yourselves."

Posted by: Barno1 | February 7, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, thanks for the Marvin Gaye clip. He was fantastic!

Posted by: 1230slim | February 7, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The National Anthem isn't a blues number and it isn't soul. Marvin Gaye takes it about as far as it should go in that direction. I enjoyed his rendition - thanks for posting. Christina Aguilera never met a note she couldn't embellish, drag out and vibrato to death. I was more embarrassed by the fake soulfulness than by the lyrics blooper.

Posted by: Kgiac | February 7, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I skipped this and I'm glad I missed it. Chistina oversings and tries too hard to be soulful. I did watch it on YouTube and it was awful. I don't know why she can't just sing normally. Carrie Underwood always sings this beautifully. Next time go with Carrie!

Posted by: Carolp23 | February 7, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Christina practice makes perfect sweetheart. You aren't beyond perfect yet. Just remember that we are all human but you could have put more effort forth than rehearsing the song 1 1/2 times. Come on the gig that was going to be seen by the WORLD. Man hate to be in your shoes. Better luck at your next gig.

Posted by: sstwest | February 7, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

like fingernails on a blackboard

Posted by: alank44 | February 8, 2011 7:16 AM | Report abuse

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