‘The National Anthem’, a patriotic symbol of unity and togetherness for each country. In England, we all know that our national anthem is ‘God Save The Queen‘ but I don’t think many of us would know the full lyrics. I know I certainly don’t, but I’m sure I could wing it if I were in a crowd.
Americans however, they don’t take too kindly to those who don’t know The Star Spangled Banner. Furthermore, some would go as far to say that it’s a sin and it doesn’t make you a ‘real American’.
In fact, in America, singing the national anthem is quite a big deal. Stars are asked to sing before major sporting events right the way down to little league baseball. I mean, even Shamu the whale gets people standing on their feet for patriotism. Which is kind of odd when you think about it, singing a song that represents freedom before a captured whale is forced to perform tricks.
Just the other day, Fergie, 1/4 of the Black Eyed Peas and singer of Glamorous took to the arena to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game and it wasn’t quite the spectacular she would have hoped for.
Her performance featured questionable riffs, wobbly vocals and shrieking notes that certainly weren’t Fergalicious.
Watch Fergie’s questionable interpretation of the National Anthem in the video below
But Fergie isn’t the only artist to have buggered up the song, oh no, there have been numerous hiccups over the years; from poor vocals to forgetting the lyrics. Sometimes simplicity is key.
As you can imagine, over the years, thousands of people have sung the national anthem for their country. Some great, some not so great and some are downright questionable.
Here are 10 of the strangest and biggest National Anthem fails in American history.
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