There's no getting around the fact that the national anthem is one of the most difficult songs to sing. So in the many years the "Star-Spangled Banner" has been performed at sporting events, there have been a few flubs. There have also been some astounding performances, too.
At the 2020 Super Bowl, Shakira and J.Lo will perform together at the halftime show, and Demi Lovato will belt out our national anthem. The artist is making a musical comeback with her Grammy Awards show performance coming up and the Super Bowl gig.
Surely, Lovato will rock the house in Miami, but hopefully she doesn't flop like the few who have suffered that fate.
Chloe and Halle tweaked the classic ballad to fit their interesting and harmonic vocals.
The Beyoncé-discovered sister duo Chloe and Halle have wowed at events with their interpretations of patriotic numbers. At one Super Bowl, the two sang "America the Beautiful". Of course, fans can't wait to catch Halle as Ariel in the upcoming Disney live-action Little Mermaid.
The Dixie Chicks let their glorious vocals ring clear in this version.
Many loved the Dixie Chicks' version of the song because they kept it true to the original. Many artists will show off and belt out ridiculous runs, but this trio just kept it simple. They performed at Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.
Lady Gaga belted out the national anthem wearing a patriotic pantsuit.
Gaga's vocals were perfect for the patriotic tune. At Super Bowl 50 in 2016, she rocked the house and stunned audiences with her rendition. One year later, she absolutely slayed the event with a killer halftime performance.
Whitney Houston may have given the best national anthem performance of all time.
Almost indisputably, Whitney Houston had the vocal range to pull off the anthem. In 1991, at Super Bowl XXV, Houston clearly belted out each note and even sold the song as a single. She re-released the recordinng after 9/11 and donated all of the proceeds.
Now for the bad. Fergie's "unique" adaptation will start it off.
At a basketball game in 2018, Fergie confused the crowd. As cameras panned around to the players and famous audience members, like Chance the Rapper and Jimmy Kimmel, it was clear they were all trying to stifle laughs. Fergie had attempted a jazzy, sultry version of the "Star Spangled Banner" that just did not work.
James Charles sang at an event for a famous YouTuber family and was surrounded by drama.
There was a major scandal involving Charles, who claimed to have come up with a brand-new version of the national tune. Well, as it turns out, he stole the idea from the Ruppe Sisters, who had actually created it. While Charles and his friends sounded decent at the event, it was tainted by the scandal later on.
Christina Aguilera infamously messed up the words, because she was too "in the moment."
At the Super Bowl in 2011, Aguilera got up to sing a song she had performed a few times before, even as a child. But the big moment got to her and she ended up skipping over an entire verse. On Ellen, the singer revealed the fail was because she got caught up in trying to be in the moment.
Roseanne Barr seemingly made fun of the nation's song at a Padres game in 1990.
Barr belted out an off-key version of the song at a baseball game in the '90s. As she screamed her way through the song, the audience rang out a chorus of boos. The brash (and, as we now know, racist) comedian even spit on the pitcher's mound before sauntering off the field.
The lead singer of the Eli Young Band made a slew of mistakes.
This is one of the most cringeworthy attempts at singing the anthem I've ever heard. The lead singer of the band, Mike Eli, completely forgot the words and attempted to start over. The audience in the Kansas City Chiefs stadium in 2010 was appalled, and then even more so when he messed up on his second try, too.