Christina Aguilera fluffs national anthem lyrics at Super Bowl by singing botched Wikipedia version

February 7, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

Christina Aguilera was left red-faced after singing the wrong words to the American national anthem during a performance at America’s largest sporting event, the Super Bowl.

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The 30-year-old singer was opening the NFL championship with a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner, but sang a botched version which previously appeared on an incorrect Wikipedia page.

She should have sang the lines: “Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.”

Instead she sang: “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming.”

According to The Daily Mail, the lyrics match those previously posted on a Wikipedia entry which has now been corrected.

Christina later apologised for her mistake, telling a CNN reporter: “I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place.

“I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”

Glee star Lea Michelle also performed at the event, signing a rendition of America the Beautiful.

Other stars to sing the national anthem in the past include Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey and Beyonce.

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  1. David Gerard says:

    This is factually incorrect – the Daily Mail, who first ran this story, misread the editing history timeline – Christina Aguilera got the lyrics wrong, then a vandal added her version to the article (and it was quickly reverted).

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