Worst National Anthem fails

Canadian jazz singer Alexis Normand bungled the "Star-Spangled Banner," but she's hardly the first


Prachi Gupta
May 20, 2013 8:13PM (UTC)

Over the weekend, Canadian jazz singer Alexis Normand butchered "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Memorial Cup ice hockey game between the Portland Winterhawks and Halifax Mooseheads. Her performance, which she says she only had a few hours to prepare for, is so cringe-inducing that it has since gone viral:

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But Alexis Normand is neither the first -- and hardly the most famous -- to mess up America's National Anthem.

This woman actually got booed out of an arena:

Michael Bolton got booed, too:

Carl Lewis sang a super-abbreviated version:

Steven Tyler didn't seem to notice, though:

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Neither did Christina Aguilera:

And of course, performing at a level entirely of her own, there's Roseanne Barr:

So don't feel too bad, Alexis Normand. You're in good "bad" company.


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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