Steven Tyler’s national anthem: How bad was it?

Steven Tyler brought a certain something to his version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” (Winslow Townson / AP)

You get the point, but was it really that bad?

Was the rendition by Tyler, Aerosmith’s 63-year-old lead singer and “American Idol” judge, bad enough to get him kicked off his own show if he were a contestant? Tyler, a New England Patriots fan, missed the high note — sounding oddly like a raven — and either messed up the words (“as bombs bursting in air”) or slurred them (“oh the land of the free”), but at least his team managed to win and advance to Super Bowl XLVI. Besides, you were expecting maybe “Dude Looks Like a Brady?”

Pro singers were a little kinder to Tyler. Country singer Jason Michael Carroll tweeted: “I knew ‘the scream’ was coming! (Tyler) is always amazing!” Actor Michael McKean: “Still love Steven Tyler; not the worst “Banner”, by the way. Not even close.”

Tyler’s anthem wasn’t nearly as bad as Roseanne Barr’s, but just how bad was it?

National anthems

The good: Jim Cornelison

The bad: Cristina Aguilera

The truly great: Marvin Gaye

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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