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Super Bowl XLV Blunder: Christina Aguilera Botches National Anthem (Video)


Maybe fans watching the Super Bowl didn’t notice but I’m willing to bet that most did, Christina Aguilera sang the wrong words to the National Anthem, only the most important song in the history of the United States.

The complete lyrics to the National Anthem go like this:

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

In Aguilera’s version of the Anthem when it came time to sing the line ‘Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.’, she replaced ‘flag’ with ‘flame’. Not only did she mess up the song but the word she botched was the one that referred to our flag, the most enduring American symbol.

Aguilera has released a statement and an apology to all Americans in hopes they can understand how she could make a mistake singing one of the most known songs of all time.

"“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.” — source JustJared.com"

What is funny as well in the video is right after Aguilera messes up they show a shot of the Packers sideline who all have a look of bewilderment like they don’t know for sure if they actually heard what they think they heard. Shortly after that there is a shot of Steeler’s defensive end Brett Keisel who looks a little upset about the mistake.