February 6, 2011, - 10:17 pm
Whatta dummy-ette. I knew my ears weren’t lying when I heard Christina Aguilera screw up the “Star Spangled Banner.” Her version of the National Anthem–at least the one she sang at the beginning of tonight’s Super Bowl–doesn’t include the line, “O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.” I thought I spied even some of the NFL players–not known for their Einsteinian qualities–looking at each other over her obvious screw-up. Hey, that’s what happens when someone is more concerned with adding 15 syllables to every word in the song–“American Idol”-style–and uber-obsessed with sounding like a Black singer. Actually knowing the lyrics falls by the wayside. What ever happened to singing the words of a song without screaming and turning each word into a six-second, multi-syllabic moan? Whitney Houston, didn’t have to do all that pretentious stuff. She knew the words and sang it right . . . and beautifully. Compare the two, below. It’s night and day. She may be a recovering crack-whore now, but back in the day (1991–during the first Gulf War), Whitney Houston knew how it was done. Houston’s version was class, and Aguilera’s version was ass.
Looks like Jimmy Kimmel lost his bet–yes, you could actually have bet on this in Vegas:
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