Following her slip-up while performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV, Christina Aguilera has released a statement explaining why she mixed up the lyrics.
“I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place,” stated the pop singer. “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of it’s anthem still came through.”
Instead of singing, “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming,” she repeated the line, “What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,” changing the word “hailed” to “watched.”
The Internet was abuzz with chatter after people noticed the mistake during her live rendition at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Watch the performance here.