Christina Aguilera has one of the most eloquent and powerful voices in music and didn’t hold back while performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl XLV. But it would have been nice if she’d memorized the lyrics.
Aguilera was given the honor of performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” Sunday night (Feb. 6), a signature moment at every Super Bowl.
She’s followed in the footsteps of such singers as Whitney Houston during Super Bowl XXV in 1991, Faith Hill in 2000, Diana Ross in 1982, Natalie Cole, Cher, Mariah Carey, the Dixie Chicks and Beyonce.
Christina didn’t hold back. Wearing a conservative black suit with her blonde hair flowing, she brought some players to tears with her soaring vocals.
In fact, her singing was so powerful she blew right by a major gaff in the lyrics. But like a pro, she never blinked an eye. Oddly Aguilera professed to be a fan of the song.
“I have been performing the anthem since I was 7 years old and I must say the Super Bowl is a dream come true,” the five-time Grammy winner said recently. “I am really excited to be part of such an iconic event.”
But about 50 seconds into the song, she sang “What so proudly we watched, at the twilight’s last gleaming.”
The lyrics as written by Francis Scott Key are actually: “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.”
Key wrote the song in 1814 while being held captive on a British ship during the bombardment of Baltimore in the War of 1812.
Check out the song below.