Christina Aguilera hit all the right notes during her pre-Super Bowl performance of the National Anthem. But the right lyrics? Not so much.
Aguilera completely dissed both the ramparts and the fact that they were gallantly streaming by skipping that line entirely, instead singing: “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming.” That was a pseudo-repeat of the earlier lyric, “What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming.”
To Aguilera’s credit, she kept going. And the fact that she botched the lyrics verifies that she was genuinely singing live.
But when you’re hired to belt out “The Star Spangled Banner” at the biggest television event of the year, it’s probably best to know the words.