It wasn’t that the Aerosmith frontman botched that many of the lyrics. (He changed “the bombs bursting in air” to “as bombs bursting in air.”) It just seems that America wasn’t prepared from the demon of screamin’ to, well, screech his way through the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina
From an “American Idol” judge to two contestants: Teen country crooner and “Idol” winner Scotty McCreery was criticized for singing what sounded like “No Jose” instead of “Oh say” at Game One of the World Series. In the scheme of things, this was an extremely minor error for such a young singer. And it certainly wasn’t as embarrassing as when he forgot to start lip-syncing during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Lauren Alaina, the runner-up from McCreery’s season of “Idol,” suffered a slightly bigger flub at the beginning of the anthem at a Lions/Packers game. The young singer quickly regained her composure and finished the song with grace.
Cyndi Lauper’s anthem mistake was, most likely, too small to win her the honor of worst anthem performance in recent history. But her slightly flubbed rendition at the U.S. Open would certainly win for worst timing.
The “Time After Time” singer changed the lyric “were so gallantly streaming“ to “as our flag was still streaming.” A minor mistake for sure, but Lauper made the error on Sept. 12 2011: a day before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
The most obvious choice for worst national anthem in recent history is Christina Aguilera. During a performance at the 2011 Super Bowl, the diva flubbed a few of the lyrics and didn’t quite land all the notes. Of the 70,000 people who voted in Celebritology’s poll about the flub, 66 percent believed Aguilera’s anthem mistake wasn’t forgivable.
There isn’t an embeddable version of the song (mercifully?) But if you need a reminder go over to YouTube.
Steven Tyler in 2001
Okay, I’m breaking one of my own rules here. This isn’t exactly “recent history.” But how can we ignore Steven Tyler’s 2001 butchering of the national anthem at the Indy500? Seriously, from the harmonica solo at the beginning to the many liberties Tyler took with the lyrics, this performance is in a different league than his most recent performance.
So which celeb had the worst anthem performance in recent history? Vote in our poll or tell us in the comments.