Ever since 1999, I’ve been a Christina Aguilera fan. In all those years, I’ve noticed a lot of unfairness towards her, especially in the past year, that are unwarranted. To top it off, people are speaking hatefully about my girl’s performance of the National Anthem at SuperBowl XLV. For those who don’t know, she mistakenly repeated and flubbed a line of the song. Most didn’t notice it, but “the media” (as much as I despise that term) and a number of hateful individuals made a point to make her honest mistake known – so much so that Christina issued an apology to the Associated Press, saying “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.” I certainly think it did (she had a footballer crying at 1:37), but see for yourself:
(It’s at the 0:51 mark, if you must know.)
The hatred blew up the blogosphere so much EW.com’s Tanner Stransky called for forgiveness: “Can we all take a minute and just calm down please? I’m not condoning what happened — Aguilera messed up part of the ever-important national anthem, switching out the line “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming” with her own creation of “What so proudly we watched, at the twilight’s last gleaming” — but it was just that: a simple mistake. She didn’t hurt anyone. The world is still spinning.”
If you don’t like Christina’s singing style, fine. I get that. But I’m sure the mistake she made was genuinely due to being thrown off. Claude Kelly (a producer she’s worked with on Bionic – don’t make any comments about it’s sales either…) put it well in a post from his Tumblr blog: “Singing live and a capella at the Superbowl is about as hard as it gets…for even the most seasoned performer. Acoustics are a huge issue. in a stadium that big, sound has to travel much farther than it does when your singing the anthem at your local little league game. This means, you are hearing the echo of your voice several seconds after you actually sing it. which is not normal. its very easy to lose your place, your tempo, and your pitch.”
Christina’s had a tough 2010 – professionally and personally, but let’s not forget her film debut, Burlesque, is doing well an international box offices, and she’s going to be performing at the GRAMMYs in a tribute to Aretha Franklin, which could be “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, part two.
My girl is down for a minute, but not out. So stop whining.
Image: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com