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Lists: Five of the worst national anthem performances in recent memory

Keri HilsonKeri Hilson's National Anthem at a recent Hawks game was bad, but it wasn't the worst. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

By Allison Stewart

If you were to rank the worst-ever National Anthem performances by musicians (and we will, in a minute), poor Keri Hilson's recent, very public whiffing of the song during a Hawks-Lakers game probably wouldn't even make the Top Ten.

Sure, Hilson forgot the words, but far worse atrocities have been inflicted upon the anthem in recent history. The most grievous offenders are usually non-pros like Roseanne Barr (grabbed her ladyparts, wore sweats), Carl Lewis (general incompetence) and Lucy Lawless (unintentional toplessness while dressed as Uncle Sam), but professional musicians have done their share of damage, too.

After the jump, five semi-recent renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that proved most disastrous.

5. Steven Tyler: Indy 500, 2001.
This might have been better without the harmonica solo. Or the lyric changes.


4. Scott Stapp: NASCAR Ford 400, 2005.
Clad in faux Ed Hardy, Stapp sings the anthem like he was trying to teach it a lesson, complete with growly Vedder-isms.

3. Kat DeLuna: Cowboys-Eagles game, 2008.
A graduate of the Christina Aguilera School Of Oversinging, DeLuna does the whole junior diva, finger-pointing-for-emphasis thing. The crowd responds pretty much like you'd expect they would-murderously.


2. R. Kelly: Bernard Hopkins-Jermain Taylor boxing match, 2005
With its dancers, hand clapping and inappropriate funk-bringing, Kelly might have meant for this to echo James Brown's "Rocky IV" triumph "Living in America." It does not.


1.Michael Bolton: Red Sox-Yankees game, 2003.
Less than halfway through, Bolton forgets the words, which he had written on his hand. Tries to be subtle about consulting hand. Fails.


But it's not all bad news! Here's the "National Anthem" done right:

By Allison Stewart  |  April 5, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  Lists  | Tags: Kat DeLuna, Keri Hilson, Michael Bolton, R. Kelly, Scott Stapp, Steven Tyler  
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Comments

Despite the title, that's not "National Anthem", it's "Everything In Its Right Place". Just thought you should know.

Posted by: blackheartededitor | April 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Wait, never mind.

Posted by: blackheartededitor | April 6, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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