Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith and current "American Idol" judge, recently sang the National Anthem before the New England Patriots AFC championship game. The reviews have been mixed, however Tyler is definitely not the worst attempt at the "Star Spangled Banner" in the history of sports. Many celebrities (even some with incredible voices) have made valient attempts, only to see their performance crumble. Here is a look at some of the most notorious National Anthem attempts in recent memory.
What do you do when you are a popular stand up comedian who now has a hit show on your hands? Why, go to a baseball game and sing "The Star Spangled Banner," of course. Unfortunately, just because you can, doesn't always mean you should. That is the situation that occurred to Roseanne during a 1990's San Diego Padres game. Not only were fans upset at the fact that she did not even try to sing, but were even more fired up when Barr scratched sand spit right on the mound. To be fair, the last part was intended to be a parody of the type of gestures that ball players do, however the crowd was already upset and looking for blood. Barr was later sorry about the incident, but reportedly felt that she did nothing wrong.
One would think that a seasoned vet such as Michael Bolton would knock this one out of the park (pun intended), however during a 2003 performance at Fenway Park, pretty much messed up, landing him atop many top ten worst anthem attempts. Not only did he forget the lyrics, but it appears that he needed notes to help him get through the song. Okay, so perhaps not everyone knows them all off the top of their head, but a Bolton might have tried to be a bit more prepared when making a go of a national treasure.
The anthem is notorious for its tricky high notes, so getting someone such as Christina Aguilera would seem the perfect choice to nail them. Yet, the notes were not the problem. Like Bolton, it was the lyrics that were her downfall. Instead of singing "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," Aguilera belted out, "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last reaming." Aguilera was upset about the whole situation, and issued a statement of apology. Props do go to the current "Voice" judge; while some singers try to lip sync their way through, Aguilera chose to do the song live, which only makes it all the more heartbreaking that she was not able to go error free.
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- Roseanne Barr
- Christina Aguilera
- Steven Tyler
- Michael Bolton
- Star Spangled Banner