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February 08, 2011  | by: Alissa Katz

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera had the honor of a lifetime – singing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the biggest sporting event of the year – and she goofed. Looks like nerves got the better of the Grammy winner as she stumbled over a line in the second verse.

Instead of saying, “O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming,” she uncomfortably sang, “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming.” Woopsies. The pop singer has since apologized, very much. I wonder how many Superbowl XLV viewers noticed, or can define what a rampart is.

Aguilera wasn’t the first, and chances are won’t be the last, to fumble (no pun intended) the lyrics to the national anthem. In a 1993 NBA game, Carl Lewis, Olympic track and field gold medalist, sang a painful rendition. Muttering “uh-oh” in the middle didn’t make the matter any less awkward. He said he’d make up for it, and America is still waiting.

Singer and songwriter Michael Bolton made headlines when he, yes, forgot the words and paused to look at the lyrics he not-so-secretly wrote on his hands. This was during the 2003 American League championship series between rivals the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Maybe Aguilera should have taken the cheating cue? Regardless, the performance would have been embarrassing either way.

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