Yet I think it’s grossly unfair to mention Christina Aguilera’s flawed rendition of our national anthem in the same breath with Roseanne Barr who intentionally dissed Francis Scott Key in San Diego more than twenty years ago.
It is worth noting that Aguilera has sung “The Star Spangled Banner” on other occasions including Game 7 of the NBA Final without incident. In fact, she’s been singing the national anthem at sporting events since she was 11-years old. So when Aguilera says she “lost her place” I believe her.
It’s not unheard of for singers to forget the lyrics to their own songs. Paul McCartney admits as much. Indeed, when I saw McCartney perform in Boston in 2005 he forgot the lyrics to “I Will”. He just stopped cold right in the middle of the song. But the former Beatle addressed the matter with good humor stating, “Well, at least you know it’s live.”
Granted, you can’t do that with “The Star Spangled Banner.” Aguilera had little other choice but to finish the song and apologize for it later. The best remedy would be if Aguilera gets a chance to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at a big event as soon as possible (i.e. Opening Day at Fenway Park). Or perhaps she could redeem herself at Super Bowl XLVI.
In the meantime, let’s cut Christina Aguilera some slack. Besides how many singers can hold their own with Tony Bennett?