Poor Christina Aguilera.
The singer choked on the biggest stage of her career Sunday night, stepping to midfield prior to Super Bowl XLV and flubbing a lyric to the national anthem. Aguilera left out the words “O’er the ramparts we watched” and instead inserted “What so proudly we watched” in their place.
Watch the entire performance for yourself:
We really do feel bad for Christina, who has sung this iconic song in public on a number of occasions. Still, it was not the most embarrassing thing to happen to her this year.
UPDATE: Aguilera has released the following statement in response to the gaffe:
“I got so caught up 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.”