Aguilera Apologizes for Anthem Mess-Up [Watch]

Christina Aguilera has issued a statement apologizing for her slip-up on the lyrics of the national anthem at last night’s Super Bowl–during which she replaced “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming” with the hybrid lyric “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming,” and hit an unusually sour note on the song’s last word. (So much for our assumption that these Super Bowl tracks were pre-recorded!) Aguilera said:

“I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”

Aguilera’s annus horribilis extends now into 2011–her film Burlesque and her album Bionic both flopped last year, and rumors about her personal life are spreading and overshadowing her career. This was to have been the big-voiced singer’s chance at a splashy comeback, especially as last night’s “America the Beautiful” singer Lea Michele looks hungry to supplant her.

ddaddario@observer.com :: @DPD_

Aguilera Apologizes for Anthem Mess-Up [Watch]