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Monday
Jan232012

Steven Tyler Draws Negative Reviews over National Anthem Performance

Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The public has spoken, and they did not care much for Steven Tyler's performance of the national anthem at the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The American Idol judge and frontman of the Boston-based band Aerosmith screeched his way through "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the New England Patriots' home game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass.

At various times, Tyler applied his trademark screams to the song, especially when he belted out the lyrics, "And the rockets' red glare" and, "O'er the land of the free."  The crowd gave him a nice applause afterward, but there were many football fans and Internet critics that panned the performance.

Yahoo! Sports posted an article with the headline, "Steven Tyler’s Scarf Better Than ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Rendition."  Tyler wore a scarf bearing a Patriots logo with red, white and blue sequins.

The Patriots defeated the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl and face the new NFC champs, the New York Giants.

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Wednesday
Feb092011

Christina Aguilera Offered Redemption by Baseball, Hockey Teams

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christina Aguilera may have messed up the national anthem during the Super Bowl, but everybody deserves a second chance. That's why two different teams -- from two different sports -- are now offering the singer a shot at redemption.

First, the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor-league baseball team, have invited Aguilera to come perform the anthem at one of their games this summer.  They've also offered to throw in a copy of the lyrics for her, so there won't be a repeat of Sunday's disaster.

In addition, the Syracuse Crunch, a minor league hockey team based in Syracuse, New York, wants Aguilera to sing the anthem at their Feb. 19 home game against the Rochester Americans.

In a letter to Aguilera posted on the team's website, their senior vice president says, "This opportunity certainly gives you a forum to properly demonstrate just how well you can perform the anthem before an intimate crowd of 6,200 fans in the heartland of America -- Syracuse, NY."

He adds that the team will make a donation in her honor to benefit U.S. troops.

Meanwhile, it's come to light that Aguilera really does know the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner."  Footage of her singing the anthem during rehearsal before the Super Bowl, posted on TMZ, shows her singing the lyrics correctly.

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Monday
Feb072011

Christina Aguilera Mangles 'Star-Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Christina Aguilera got things off on the wrong foot Sunday night at Super Bowl XLV, when she mangled the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off the meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The singer botched the line, "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," repeating an earlier line of the song, though she messed up that one, too.

She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming" -- but in that line, it's supposed to be "hailed," not "watched."

Hours later, Aguilera released the following statement: "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 that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

For football fans, though, Aguilera's flub probably looks small compared to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's woes.  "Big Ben" threw two interceptions in the first half, both of which led to Green Bay touchdowns as the Packers took a 21-10 halftime lead on the way to a 31-25 victory.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Christina Aguilera to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- The NFL hasn't announced it yet, but sources tell ABC News Radio that Christina Aguilera will perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, which will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6.  It's already been announced that the Black Eyed Peas are playing the halftime show.

Christina last performed at the Super Bowl back in 2000, as part of a Disney-themed halftime show that also featured Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins and Toni Braxton. Last year's Super Bowl anthem singer was Carrie Underwood.

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Wednesday
Oct272010

National Anthem Singers Announced For First Three World Series Games

Photo Courtesy - Major League Baseball(DALLAS) -- The World Series gets underway on Wednesday, and some big names have been lined up to sing the national anthem before everyone plays ball.

The Dallas Morning News reports John Legend will sing the anthem during Game 1 in San Francisco, and Lady Antebellum will do the honors Thursday at Game 2.

Kelly Clarkson perform the anthem before Saturday's game at Arlington Stadium, which is fitting since she's a Texas native.

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