Words fail us.
As apparently they did Christina Aguilera, who followed Glee’s Lea Michele’s “America the Beautiful” by muffing the words to “The Star Spangled Banner” before the biggest audience in the world big game.
The offense? She replaced “o’er the ramparts we watched” with “what so proudly we watched,” which you might have missed unless you were checking your Twitter account or are really good with the lyrics.
To be fair, it’s a stressful gig, a difficult song and, frankly, hard to tell exactly what the heck she was singing in some of the showier parts, but let’s cut her some slack, huh? At least it was better than Roseanne’s back in the day, right?
The singer released a statement afterward, which said: “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”
After the fumble, commentator for the NFL Network Deion Sanders quickly tweeted to Aguilera’s defense:
“Y’all leave Christina along i was just informed that was the remix. The nfl was running behind so she was sweet enough to help us out.”