Christina Aguilera fumbles lyrics at the Super Bowl

DALLAS Sun Feb 6, 2011 9:45pm EST

1 of 9. Christina Aguilera performs the National Anthem before the start of the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes

DALLAS (Reuters) - Christina Aguilera fumbled a line of the national anthem but at least there were no wardrobe malfunctions during the entertainment segments at Sunday's Super Bowl.

The Grammy winner flubbed the lyrics of her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," which preceded the title game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.

Instead of "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?," she said, "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming?," a variation of a line she had already performed.

She was mildly criticized on Internet and social networking sites but there was none of the outrage caused when Janet Jackson infamously bared a breast after a "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl.

The NFL has since turned to safer acts and the headline performers this year were the Black Eyed Peas, who made a spectacular entrance, descending from the Cowboys Stadium rafters.

The hip-hop band performed a string of their hits, including "I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow," "Where Is the Love?", before they were joined on the giant makeshift stage by Slash and then Usher.

Around 100,000 people packed into the stadium to watch the game and entertainment shows while more than 100 million were expected to watch on television.

(Reporting by Julian Linden; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)

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Comments (5)
whatthe1 wrote:
Too long and dull to boot!

Feb 06, 2011 10:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jftous13 wrote:
That was the worst and most abysmal rendition==it was not OUR US NATIONAL ANTHEM–but a disgusting parody—it was horrendously poor, and hardly MUSIC in any way! SHE DESTROYED IT!
The national ANTHEM SHOULD never be altered by those who think they must—Sing something else—-BUT STAY true to ALL of our AMERICAN SONGS,
STOP MUTILATING our US HISTORY every chance you get!!

Feb 06, 2011 11:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Darden wrote:
After hearing her interpretation of the National Anthem, I was lamenting no wardrobe malfunction for two reasons: 1) It wouldn’t be Christina on stage, and 2) It wouldn’t last nearly as long as what I was subjected to.

Feb 07, 2011 8:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
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