It’s not that she’s the first performer in history to forget the lines of the US national anthem, but Christina Aguilera had the misfortune to be this year’s focus of attention. Her performance at the Super Bowl XLV was labeled by many as “embarrassing.”
The fact that she didn’t know the right lyrics triggered a social media storm, which criticized the artist, calling her names, and labeling her as a mediocre performer. The few voices defeating Aguilera were literally silenced by the storm of criticism.
In Aguilera’s defense, her voice did honor the anthem, although the performance seemed a bit over the top at times. The singer was a bit more preoccupied with the artistic arabesques of the voice, stretching a note here and there … “for show.”
“There are many groups, military, collegiate, etc. Who will sing the anthem properly. We do not need to listen to mediocre singers, changing the rythmn or the melody (often because they are unable to reach the high notes or keep time), trying to be “cute.” I am offended by self-serving butchering of the anthem. Can we please stop choosing “pop” performers who can’t sing.” said a Washington Post reader in a comment. And another followed: I think it was no big deal about messing up the lyrics, but when did it become okay to sing the national anthem like its a love song? Call me old fashioned, but shouldn’t singing the national anthem be less about the singer and more about the song?
Yes, there are many people who indeed can sing the anthem properly, but would their performance translate into a million dollar show? Hardly. The public wants to see Grammy Awarded singers and the public reaction to their gaffes only goes to show how much America loves its values. Yes, the national anthem is still more important than the performer, and it will always be. God bless America!
Maybe Aguilera did take the lines from Wikipedia, where according to some reports, the version she sang was published. But what’s more important, is that the artist came through with an apology:
“I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”