111 Million People Watched Christina Aguilera Murder the National Anthem

This just across the transom: A record 111 million people watched Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night, meaning the Packers victory over the Steelers was the most-watched television event in the medium's history, surpassing Super Bowl XLIV by nearly 5 million viewers. Great news for everyone involved! Except maybe Christina Aguilera.

The singer -- who you may have noticed butchered the "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the pre-game ceremonies -- apparently took the mistake to heart. She released a statement commenting on the error to the Associated Press: "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through," my hacked to pieces lyrics. Ahem.

For her part, Fergie -- who experienced her own vocal malfunctions during the torturous Black Eyed Peas halftime performance -- had Aguilera's back. "It's such a huge venue, your nerves take a hold of you," said Fergie on The Dan Patrick Show. "I completely understand. She's one of the best singers of our time. Nobody can take that away from you. ... But you get nervous at these things. We're human." No word yet on what Cher thought of Xtina's performance.

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  • SunnydaZe says:

    Ever wake up with a hangover and for a moment think, "Oh, God, what did I do last night?!" Imagine being Xtina in that moment.

  • jerebo says:

    Your friends at Big Hollywood are ready to have her head on a platter.

  • HwoodHills says:

    Give her credit. She probably hasn't sung the thing since her Mickey Mouse Club days. Let me try it...
    Nope. Got the first two lines out and choked. (Apparently the SB doesn't make prompters available.)

  • divorce rate says:

    Maybe if she was more focused on the words and not adding all her ooos and ahhhhs and riffs and what not she would have gotten it right! I’m not a fan of christina ever, this is no exception. Big thumbs down!

  • Green Line says:

    I like Christina well enough, but I have to admit that sounded horrible. Christina's problem is that she can wail and belt but she doesn't necessarily know when -to- or -not to- do so. She tends to over-sing, which comes across as forced. I read somewhere many years ago that Christina didn't like how the producers on her very first album had her singing; they kept her delivery under control and only allowed her to belt now and then. She said she wanted to belt mostly through the whole album so people would know she can sing. The producers told her not to worry, people will hear that she can sing. They were right, as her singing on that album is the best of out of all her albums. After that album, everything she released had these oversung vocals to it, and not in a good way. Then she turned into a hoochie-momma, but that's a whole 'nother story. Messing up the lyrics on your national anthem is bad enough, but to actually sound bad "while" you're messing up the lyrics is too much. She had plenty of time to pratice this song. And somebody should have told her when it comes to the national anthem, it's about the song, it's not about you. Truly the best version of this song I have heard is Whitney Houston's version, who turned it into a top ten pop song.

  • Chris Taus says:

    I was in the next room, having no interest in the Super Bowl, when this came on. I never, ever would have guessed this was the National Anthem which represents our country all over the world.. Forgetting the words, by a professional, although not understandable to me is forgivable, but the way this sounded was truly horrible. Christina did a real injustice to this song.

  • I like Christina's music, I didn't like this one video that she did, I mean seems she like went from a decent women to a hoochie momma. I feel she totally and brutally murdered our National Anthem. It was the most horrible singing of out National Anthem that I ever had to endure. I told my Son's Mother I would of rather heard Melina's "A diva from wrestling" scream; which is really bad and annoying. She commented by saying right, I agree.