Video: Christina Aguilera Sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLV

Christina Aguilera

Like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé before her, Christina Aguilera was the latest diva to have the honor of performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. The blonde superstar, demurely dressed in all black, put her powerful pipes on display at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, before the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday (Feb. 6). Xtina made a slight blunder with some of the lyrics, but that couldn’t stop even the toughest NFL players from shedding a tear.

Watch her soaring rendition below and share your thoughts.



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100 Comments

  1. LopezTonight

    Amazing as always!!! What a voice!!!

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  2. Julie, the Hater

    Even though I’m a Britney S. fan, I loved this! She has such a powerful voice!

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  3. itsThibaut

    she screwed up, right ?

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  4. Yeah

    XTINA!!!!

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  5. Josh

    God, I wish I had voice like hers!

    What an amazing voice!!!

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  6. @dafellaz

    SHE KIILED IT!! Once again

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  7. Skye

    Is this a joke? I love Christina but she sounded like shit and on top of it, she fucked up the lyrics. Jeez Louise…

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  8. Whyuwannatriponme?

    it wasn’ really good, and she got the lyrics wrong

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  9. VAGQUEESHA

    *DEAD* This bitch SHOULD quit her day job!

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  10. jeremy

    How has no one else noticed she screwed it up?

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  11. sunny

    Really, a New Yorker who doesn’t know the words to the National Anthem…sad! :-(

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  12. Brionna

    even tho she skipped a whole verse she’s still my fav pop singer luh u Chrissy!!!

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  13. Lyndsey Homan

    Although she is my favorite singer in the whole world…it’s pretty sad that she forgot the words to the National Anthem. Also, that last high note was quite dreadful. Lastly, with all of that riffing it really makes the song lose a lot of meaning. Just sing the song. Thank you.

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  14. gg

    OMG She screwed it up!!

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  15. j

    that was the worst rendition of the anthem since rossanne barr.

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  16. Proud American

    Learning the words would be great!

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  17. dankingkemp

    SuperGood..)d

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  18. Stranger

    uh….sorry folks- that is not our National Anthem- not even close to the original melody- and let’s just say-she made the words up as she went along. She may have an amazing voice, but she missed the boat on this one.,

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  19. Michigan Man

    What an idiot….she forgot the lyrics….and she sounded horrible. Everyone should have bet how many flat notes she was going to hit…

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  20. Go Steelers

    LOL y’all didn’t notice she messed up the lyrics? WTH!? And she was a little off.

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  21. pakcer fan

    She is a skank and screwed up the lyrics to the National Anthem – she’s a disgrace!

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  22. Susan

    That was terrible. She messed up the words!

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  23. ericka

    Terrible. Can’t believe she forgot the words.

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  24. Disappointed DJ

    Awful…if you are going to accept singing the National Anthem at least take the time to learn the lyrics. You were AWFUL Christina…go back to lip syncing.

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  25. jeremy

    never heard such a strangulated mess in my life. AWFUL!!!

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  26. Molly Patten

    Holy Smokes…get it right….

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  27. VirginiaFan

    I can’t believe some people. She’s an amazing singer & this redition of the National Athem gave me chills. I guess people just need something to complain about.

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  28. roberman

    Pitiful!!! Terrible singing and didn’t even know the words to our country’s National Anthem. Furthermore, who ever heard of saying thank you at the end of this song. I thought singing this was about patriotism, not about showmanship. She sucks!!!

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  29. Jill

    Embarrassing performace… Apology to the country appreciated.

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  30. lady packer 5

    I know right! She totally fucked it up! Yeah she sang it pretty but, she didn’t get the words right! How embarrassing, what a dumbass. I’m so mad at her.

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  31. Pzer

    One of the worst renditions I have ever heard. Almost as bad as Rosanne. And she screwed up the words!

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  32. SHAWNI

    LOVE HER!! YEA, SHE MESSED UP, BUT WHOCARES!! WIT PIPES LIKE THAT SHE COULDA JUS DID HELLA RUNS, I WOULDNT GAVE A RATS A$$!! STILL HER #1 FAN NO MATTER WHAT! U DID AN EXCELLENT JOB CHRISTINA!! =)

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  33. -

    F**k you haters! Go xtina!

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  34. Vicki

    That was pretty horrendous tonight. Not only was 99% of the song oversung, I’m sorry, screamed, but apparently the ramparts no longer exist with the entire rest of that phrase. I was VERY disappointed in this performance.

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  35. Amanda

    Oh yeah..she definitely messed up the words.. maybe if she hadn’t tried to show off on every note she would have remembered the words of our national anthem.

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  36. Tpack

    C’mon Xtina. (ha Xtina!!!) Did you even warm up? I’m willing to bet you didn’t even sing it last night in front of the mirror. That melody had no rhyme or reason. “O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?”
    What happened to that verse?
    I forgive ya girl. Shake it off!!

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  37. eli

    Dammm, that hurt my ears. And she messed up, should have known…dumb as a doorknob.

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  38. tsairox

    At a time when people need inspiration and healing in the world and in this nation, how could such a performer not care enough to get this short song right? This song is meaningful in so many ways to so many people. She could have delivered it for this generation the right way. Why not?

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  39. Noringtone

    It was crap.

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  40. sunny

    OK people who loved it, first of all, she didn’t sing the correct words and she left out two verses. She also sounded like she was belching beer when she hit a few of the low notes. I am usually a big fan, but she blew it, big time. Most Americans learn that song in kindergarten and never forget it. I don’t know what happened, maybe too much celebrating before the game? She was terrible!

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  41. STACE FACE

    SHE TOTALLY EFFED UP THE LYRICS..HOW IN THE HELL DID SHE DO THAT? EVERY AMAERICAN SHOULD KNOW THE LYRICS TO THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

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  42. Hmmmm

    Now THAT was awful! Right down there with the Rosanne version!

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  43. Newnew

    GROSS! I love her voice but Xtina girl what happened? I was excited to see was she was gonna do :( maybe she didn’t practice. Whitney’s version is still SUPERB in my book.

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  44. thadundun

    bitch cnt catch a break…. :/

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  45. i dare ya

    i dare any of you to show me the ORIGINAL melody.
    it was an olde english drinking song.
    as soon as any one of you fucks come up with a recording of the ORIGINAL melody i will eat my tri-corner hat.

    who cares if she messed up the words of a poem written by a lawyer who stole a melody.

    if she would have sung this….

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
    A home and a country should leave us no more!
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    would she have been correct?

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  46. Leigh-Ann

    In the name of brevity I guess she just combined a couple of sentences. Thank God because it was horrifically executed.

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  47. Leigh-Ann

    Hey i dare ya! I dare ya to stick to what has traditionally been sung!! Lest your lyrics be as obscure.

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  48. L A

    That was absolutely the WORST!!
    She should have apologized at the end!
    I thought she was talented, but now she’s in
    competion with Rosanne for that pitiful
    rendition of our National Anthem.
    This deserves a PUBLIC apology!!!

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  49. sunny

    “i dare ya,” you are partially correct, so get to eating. Francis Scott Key, a poet and a lawyer, was inspired by a battle he witnessed in the War of 1812 and wrote a poem. It was later made into a song, set to the tune of a British bar song (much like “Amazing Grace”) and was adopted as our official National Anthem later. Francis Scott Key didn’t steal the melody, he didn’t even write it as a song. Get your facts straight and eat your tri-cornered hat while you are at it. It has been sung everywhere since 1814, so the lyrics are well known to all Americans, along with the tune, of which Christina butchered both.

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  50. Linda

    Ok, she screwed up but it was still wonderful to hear it and I bet the soldiers in Afghanistan loved it. Thats what it about folks.

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  51. NikkiIsChillin

    This was not her best. She strained way, way too much. SMH

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  52. Nina

    Eww… I used to be a big supporter of Christina. But this is horrific and embarrassing as an American. We all know her voice is not the same as it used to be.. the least she could’ve done is practiced singing it last night and today. This is one of those songs that just singing it right is beautiful, but when you try to do all that fancy stuff like holding out a note, it just sucks.

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  53. sunny

    i bet the soldiers were disappointed…they know the words to the song.

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  54. Christina_wins

    Christina is the kind of artist who has to remember many lyrics to many songs.

    Most other artists don’t sing live, therefore they have no lyrics to remember.

    Christina is great. People need to stop being so envious of her super-human talents. We all know that’s the only reason people are hating. People hate that Christina is talented. Not that she forgot lyrics. I mean, please.

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  55. Rhonda

    Not one of us should be complaining! Nerves can really set in no matter how much experience she has. She continue to finish without making a complete fool of herself! Give her a break!

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  56. dona-mariea

    love you cristina…don’t look what people talk!

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  57. Kelly

    COMPLETE embarrassment to our country… how can you mess up the words to our national anthem not to mention sound bad and she is a horrible person according to my dad who has been her pittsburgh limo driver for years

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  58. Sade

    Please people don’t get it twisted the NFL were not crying over her screaming, I think it’s more the fact they are PLAYING THE GAME OF THE LIVES

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  59. sunny

    Not all singers lip sinc, Christina was chosen for her talent, but she effed up big time. Not only is that the worst I have ever heard her, but she didn’t even sing the well-known lyrics correctly. It would be the equivalent of messing up the “Happy Birthday” song. If she would have spent less time trying to “personalize” the song, she could have done it beautifully without messing it up.

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  60. Lisa

    She totally sucked. You don’t scream out words to the Anthem like she did. Terrible and embarrassing. She owes the people in the armed forces an apology for all the screeching and lines she forgot. I don’t care if she is a celebrity, it doesn’t give her the right to butcher the Anthem. This is why our youth have no pride in their country, because of people like her who are the “supposed role models.” It was terrible and crappy.

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  61. MykolAnthony

    Toni braxton tweeted “ive sung the national anthem acapella on more than one occation and its NOT an easy song, everyone awaits that” so i guess it does make u kinda nervous

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  62. sunny

    It would be tough for anyone who cannot easily sing an octave and a half range. However, for Christina it should have been a piece of cake. She blew it. If Whitney can do it, so can Christina, but she didn’t…sad.

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  63. maya

    OMFG I LOVE THIS WOMAN but she keeps on fucking ^ w| everything, ever since “Bionic,” she’s just been a screw up. The last note was a mess too. Please Christina, get it together. Idk the lyrics either, nor do I give a shit but if my ass is singing @ the super bowl I’ll make SURE I’ll have that shit down pact!

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  64. eurogirl

    ok, she forgot some words that can happen but christina sounded again not like she used to be years back. i guess the whitney and mariah effect is catchin up with her really fast.

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  65. Bill

    ‘made a slight blunder with some of the lyrics’? That is like me telling the IRS that I only earned $1200 instead of $120,000. Just a slight blunder. Hey, she totally screwed up the song. It isn’t that hard to remember. She is a total bimbo and a f***up now.

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  66. GETREAL

    People throw the word diva around so much the word has no meaning anymore. Every female performer seems to be a diva these days.

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  67. GETREAL

    And to the fu*king fool who said if Whitney can do it so can Christina – are you really comparing the greatest technical singing voice in history (no matter what she may sound like now) to someone who thinks runs make her a great singer? Get your “genie in the bottle” supporting azz somewhere and sit. All hail Whitney.

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  68. jeremydante

    she’s sung the anthem a million times; i have no idea why the fuck she messed up the words. now people are really gonna trash her. she needs to take a break & rest.

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  69. Kyle

    Wow I don’t even know what to say…that was terrible IMO. It’s not even the fact that she forgot a verse but she just sounded awful; like she was trying way too hard. Honestly I am speechless but laughing at the same time. First the failure of “Bionic,” then “Burlesque,” and now the National Anthem at the Superbowl?? She is slippin.’

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  70. music major

    actually “i dare ya” the melody wasn’t “stolen” until long after Keys wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry”. the “The Anacreontic Song” melody already had “americanized” veriations and “Defence of Fort McHenry” was just assimulated to the melody over time.

    but… she should have rehearsed a little more (thank god it wasn’t a duet)

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  71. From Tokyo

    Christina is the kind of artist who has to remember many lyrics to many songs.

    Most other artists don’t sing live, therefore they have no lyrics to remember.

    Christina is great. People need to stop being so envious of her super-human talents. We all know that’s the only reason people are hating. People hate that Christina is talented. Not that she forgot lyrics. I mean, please.

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    First, I admire any artist that doesn’t auto-tune and/or lip-sync, as both are annoying. I agree that people are being somewhat heavy-handed about her performance, but to say that because she has to remember the lyrics to many songs doesn’t wash at all for me. It is NATURAL to forget because of nervousness, but please don’t use such a ridiculous excuse. Americans typically learn the national anthem, like any other country, in school – in childhood – and we heard it all the time, whether it’s at a sports event or somewhere else. We’re not allowed to forget, but it does happen. Given the fact that it’s an abbreviated form of the original, there’s hardly need for further abbreviation. She was nervous/affected some way, and she forgot. Period.

    For myself, I am not jealous of any other human being on this planet, whether they’re rich, talented, beautiful, whatever. I’m objective. Look that word up. It means “not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbiased”. But there are some “haters”, yes.

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  72. From Tokyo

    We “hear” it all the time, I meant.

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  73. maya

    She did screw up but are you guys serious, all of a sudden everyone loves America?! “Our song” WHAT THE FUCK?! No one gave 2 shits about the game or the National Anthem when Janet’s boob popped out.

    I was pissed off for like 5 minutes that she messed up and then I got over it. Wanna know why? I’m still breathing, still got my own issues to deal w|, & don’t care that CHRISTINA AGUILERA fucked up lyrics to a song. Doesn’t affect me, doesn’t help me.

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  74. Heminem

    FAIL!

    She is really packin on the pounds!

    NOT HERSELF TONITE!

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  75. asunkee

    How do you butcher the national anthem AT THE SUPERBOWL !?

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  76. 2XCL

    Her last note at the end sounded like a loud yell with a sore throat!

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  77. Joyams

    I am a big fan of Christina and I have to admit that it wasnt very good. Too bad.

    I wish Jennifer Hudson sang it though.

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  78. Neickha

    “Ore the ramparts we watched” She only missed one line.. Oh well.. I messed up too not alone but with a crowd at my graduation Schools dont even have us say the pledge anymore. Now all of a sudden ppl get patriotic when mistakes are made or something bad happens ha ha.. SHE CAN SING HER BUTT OFFFFFFFFF!!!! GO GIRL!…

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  79. @LYKEaBOSS

    I’m freaked out by all the negativity people have. Get a life.

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  80. Lo

    The national anthem is not meant to be voiced in an artists own way. It is meant to be sung one way. Express your voice all you want without changing the melody. Its the spotlight of a career to sing at the super bowl, and to not know the words is horrible. This doesnt make her a bad person or anything like that, but it is a terrible thing to mess up. If you get this honor, you better be ready to perform well. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE SAYING she did a great job and she sounded good… You are exactly what is wrong with the USA. If i’m a golfer and shoot 20 over par did I do good? Absolutly not! Your the people who keep telling their kids are great singers and when its time to sing, they get embarrassed! Shame on anyone who says she did good. Lets stop keeping score in sports too, because its all about trying your best right? We are becoming a nation of “average is ok”! Embarrassing America!

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  81. DD

    Why don’t the people that are asked to sing the National Anthem just sing it the way it was intended to be sung. Don’t add anything to it. If you want to add some zing to a song…do it to one of your own songs. I have heard people on American Idol sing better than Christina. I guess I’m not as upset with her forgetting the words because I truley believe that you can get caught up in the moment. Since mistakes can and have happened, why don’t they put a teleprompter out there on the field for the singer to glance at if needed. It should would relieve a lot of stress on the performer and then we all would get to see a better more respectable performance. Again, as for her changing the melody and making the song hers….no excuses. Just sing it the way the country deserves to hear it.

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  82. Bigdave

    maybe next year they will get a good singer, Like James Taylor. He could do a better halftime show then the black eyed dimwits too. Leave it to Fox to really mess things up.

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  83. Biscuits

    uhm… that was a mess. she messed up the words her notes were wrong … wow christina… this is not like you…

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  84. Biscuits

    @DD I SOOOOOO FEEL YOU!!!

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  85. Stre3t Danc@

    wow she got fat

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  86. From Tokyo

    So that’s “fat” now? I’m a thin woman even by other country’s standards and I don’t think Christina is fat. She has put on weight, yes, but exactly HOW is that affecting your personal life?

    @DD – Good point!

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  87. WTH

    NOT GOOD

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  88. Lisa

    We still love you girl and it takes guts to sing it live at the Super Bowl with the acoustics and largest audience ever.

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  89. tanyetta

    she was probably nervous! she sounded great and the song always gives me goosebumps! i love AMERICA!

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  90. Brenda Russell

    I don’t think it was one of her better performances. Apparently, a lot of people don’t either. I think her problem is that her personal life problems have affected her singing/career. There are reports that she is drinking heavily- to me-my thought what is she on?-she seemed out of it to me. I like the anthem sung straight up- Ms. Martina McBride’s version at the AFC championship was great and I am not a big fan of Xtina but let’s hope she gets herself back together- I think she is adrift right now. But everyone makes mistakes so let’s cut her some slack. And all of you people saying mean things are acting very un_American like to me. There is so much negativity and mean-spirited comments- that’s what’s wrong with America today.

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  91. Xtinaisthebestpopstar

    LMAO at people being so mad at Christina for singing the song in her own style. Poor envious fools!

    Christina can and WILL sing the national anthem how she wants to. The same YOU are all allowed to sing it how you want to. Christina is NOT your puppet.

    You are all enraged by the fact that Christina is extremely talented. Stop pretending that you’re upset over a small lyrical mistake from a National Anthem that was sung for a football game. You’re just mad that Christina is amazingly gifted.
    Therefore, you fail. Xtina owns you.

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  92. Bee

    at least she sings live, not like other artists…

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  93. riggs

    WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF, she cant sing and she messed up the national anthem, holy shit

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  94. riggs

    people gettin it right, the anthem is one of the symbols of america and shouldnt be toyed with by a retarded bitch who forgets the lyics, just sayin

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  95. marc

    im not a fan but yall are so judgemental. shit most of us dont know the whole song. get off your high horses, its a loong as song that most of us dont hear that much, it was pretty good.

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  96. Papay

    wow

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  97. kani k

    lol

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  98. bowling stance

    Yeah that performance was awfull

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