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Video: Christina Aguilera goofs up the national anthem

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Perhaps she was too concerned with breaking Patti LaBelle's record for turning single-syllable words into entire paragraphs during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," but noted ex-teen queen Christina Aguilera botched the national anthem something fierce before the Super Bowl. Aguilera started out all right, but she had a problem with the ramparts -- specifically, the "O'er the ramparts we watched" line, which she left out altogether.

Aguilera tried to make up for it by combining two lines -- "What so proudly we watched," instead of "What so proudly we hailed" -- but let's just say that it was too late to reverse the error. Twitter blew up, and all Aguilera could do was to oversing every word from there on out, which she most certainly did.

It was a fitting tribute for a Super Bowl that has seen procedural errors all over the place, from the inability of the city of Dallas to deal with unusual weather to the last-minute news that 400 unlucky people would not get to sit in their paid-for seats.

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the full performance:

Bonus goof-up points for the flyover at the end of the song -- too bad nobody saw it, what with the roof closed at Cowboys Stadium and all.

Of course, Aguilera's not the first person to goof up the national anthem in front of a huge audience -- we all remember what Roseanne Barr did to the poor song at a San Diego Padres game a few years back, and how the considerably more talented Macy Gray messed it up at the 2001 Hall of Fame game in her hometown of Canton, Ohio, drawing boos from the crowd.

It's a nervewracking situation, and flubbing a line is understandable. However, newly minted Hall of Famer Deion Sanders of the NFL Network has already tweeted some damage control on Ms. Aguilera's behalf. It's about as feasible as the league's take on all the other mini-disasters of the week, but in the interest of full disclosure, here you go:

Y'all leave Christina alone i was just informed that was the remix. The nfl was running behind so she was sweet enough to help us out.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android

DeionSanders
DeionSanders

Riiiiight. So, when the CBA doesn't get ratified until halfway through the 2011 season, will Roger Goodell call the resulting nine-game season a "remix"? Perhaps.

Update: On Monday, Aguilera explained her gaffe.

"I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place," she said. "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

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