One of the most famous mess ups of The Star Spangled Banner was when Christina Aguilera said the wrong line at Super Bowl XLV (45). The correct line was, “O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming,” but she said “what so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming.” She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Grammys but she doesn’t know the correct words to the national anthem.
The Star Spangled Banner was originally a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. The poem was then set to the tune of a song written by John Stafford Smith. And from this poem/song, the U.S.’s motto, “In God we trust” was chosen. In 1931 The Star Spangled Banner became the national anthem through a congressional resolution under President Hoover.
Even more ironically, Lauren Alaina, an American Idol runner-up, sang at a Packers vs. Lions game and paused in the middle of the song, forgetting the lyrics. An American Idol doesn’t even know the words to the American national anthem.
In today’s society, some stadiums prerecord the national anthem and then have the singer lip sync to it in order to not mess up the words. This practice is used at Fenway Park in Boston and many other places.
In 2004, the government sponsored the National Anthem Project after a poll showed that two out of three Americans did not know the lyrics of the national anthem. They created national anthem day which is September 14th.
There is an ever-growing list of celebrities from Roseanne Barr to Michael Bolton who utterly destroyed the national anthem. Even an Olympic gold medalist, Carl Lewis, has messed up the words of the national anthem.