ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Christina Aguilera flubbed a line as she belted out the national anthem at the start of the Super Bowl Sunday night.

When she was supposed to sing the line “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” she instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation.

She sang “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming,” which is the same line from earlier in the song but with the word `watched’ instead of the word `hailed.’

The mistake immediately set social networks abuzz with people commenting on the error.

Aguilera’s representative did not immediately return a call and e-mail seeking comment.

She’s not the first person to mess up the lines of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In 2001, Macy Gray was famously booed for her off-kilter rendition of the national anthem.

She garbled the words at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, her home state. She later told The Associated Press: “That was definitely life’s most embarrassing moment.”

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Comments (5)
  1. Dazzz says:

    It was like the song became about her – okay, we get it – you have range and flexibility. Sing the song with the feeling and meaning that it was intended to be. Poor job Aguilera.

  2. pigeon says:

    Rather then trying to be a showoff, the singers need to show respect to our national anthem and sing it the correct way. I rather not have it song at all if they are going to continue to mess it up. Seems since RoseAnn did her “thing” when she sung it, it has gone down hill from there. Sing it right or don’t sing it at all!

  3. whatnow says:

    I understand getting nervous and messing up the words but I wish people would quit treating our National Anthem as a pop song. Sing it simply and reverently, then get off the stage. I give her kudos though for dressing appropriately and not like a “you know what” (can’t use the word, they pull the post).

  4. Herman Glimsher says:

    I agree 100% I don’t understand why every diva has to get out there and change the tempo and add their own unique style to the song……..this song is not about one singer’s unique style………and they always ruin the song when they do that……..that rendition was pathetic!!!!

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