I don't remember being taught the Star-Spangled Banner. I don't remember the first time I heard or sang it. Our National Anthem is almost innate. I feel as though I've always known the lyrics, the music, the powerful imagery.
And when it comes to sporting events, like last night's Super Bowl, the National Anthem is a tradition. It sets the stage for the game to come.
Especially for the Super Bowl, a championship game and one of (if not the) most watched events on television, it's important to have a big name singing that all-important song.
Christian Aguilera took on that challenge last night and unfortunately was less than impressive. My husband was disgruntled by her style — the runs and "vocal acrobatics" — so much so that we nearly missed her flubbing of the lyrics.
She's said she got caught up in the moment (though I'm pretty sure if she would have sang it without all the added runs she'd have been OK), which is fine. She's embarrassed and has to say something. But I don't buy it. Yeah, she's in front of a big crowd and it's a lot of pressure, but she's a performer. It's sort of her job to be able to perform, and perform well, in front of a big crowd.
My husband's comment: "Save your artistic expression for the recording studio." I agree.
The general consensus is that "Glee's" Lea Michele stole the spotlight with "America the Beautiful" (which she sang true to form).
What say you, readers? Do you forgive Christina's flub or think that such a mistake is just unprofessional?