Seahawks had embarrassing national anthem Twitter exchange with Ariana Grande

Ariana-GrandeAriana Grande sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Thursday night’s NFL season kickoff between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. The pop star knocked it out of the park with her rendition of the national anthem. The Seahawks were not as successful when discussing the performance with her on Twitter.

It all started with this:


As most of you hopefully recognized immediately, the person running the Seahawks Twitter account got the lyrics backwards. The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before Grande got a chance to have some fun with the home team.

We have seen plenty of performers screw up the national anthem, but they can use the excuse of nerves and adrenaline. The Seahawks must have been so excited about the 12th man and raising their Super Bowl banner that they fell into the same trap. Better luck next time.

Screenshot via Deadspin

Madison Rising performs horrible National Anthem at Daytona (Video)

Madison-Rising-National-AnthemA singing group called Madison Rising, who refer to themselves as “America’s most patriotic rock band,” performed the National Anthem before the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona on Saturday. We are not exaggerating when we say it may have been the worst rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner we have ever seen at a sporting event.

The performance started out relatively normal, with the first minute or so sounding like your average National Anthem clunker. At about the 1:25 mark of the video above, you will likely have no idea what the hell you’re listening to.

That had to have been a joke right? For a second there I literally thought I was watching a “Saturday Night Live” skit and there was going to be a punchline. Their Wikipedia page was updated accordingly shortly after the disaster.


You’re off the hook, James Taylor. Your World Series flub looks fantastic when you compare it to Madison Rising.

James Taylor had a National Anthem flub at World Series (Video)

James-Taylor-National-AnthemFive-time Grammy Award winning music artist James Taylor was on hand at Fenway Park on Thursday night to perform the National Anthem before Game 2 of the World Series. It did not start well.

In yet another reminder that even famous artists can become flustered when standing in front of nearly 40,000 rowdy sports fans, Taylor began singing “America the Beautiful” before quickly correcting himself and switching gears to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Oops.

It’s not as bad as it seems. As Fox News noted, the folk singer was scheduled to play “America the Beautiful” during the 7th inning stretch alongside some victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. He had obviously rehearsed both performances and had a brief brain fart, which he did a nice job of recovering from. We have seen much, much worse over the years.

Singer Alexis Normand butchers national anthem at Memorial Cup (Video)

Alexis NormandPoor Alexis Normand. Prior to a Memorial Cup game between the Halifax Mooseheads and Portland Winterhawks on Saturday in Saskatoon, the Canadian singer delivered one of the worst renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner we have ever heard.

Normand got off to a nice start with the song, but her first error came when she got the “twilight’s last gleaming” part wrong. She continued along but began to trail off when she couldn’t remember how to close the next line. Normand then paused for several seconds to regroup, but she began mixing the lines all over the place, leading to groans from the crowd. Some of the players on the bench could even be seen trying to contain their laughter.

Normand continued to jumble the lyrics and re-sing parts of the song she had already sung.

As Normand started to end the song, the crowd tried to pick her up by singing some of the words to get her back on track. Mercifully, the performance finally came to an end after a painful minute and a half. It was like watching the answering machine scene from “Swingers” — you have your hands on your head in frustration just hoping it will finally stop.

As bad as the performance was, it’s possible that Normand wasn’t really at fault. According to TVA Sports reporter L.A. Lariviere, Normand has a pretty solid excuse for her poor performance:

Normand also tweeted an apology:

Normand probably only prepared to sing “O Canada,” which is the Canadian national anthem, and didn’t realize she would also have to sing The Star-Spangled Banner because a team from Oregon was playing.

Here’s hoping they bring her back for Portland’s next game on Monday so that she gets a shot at redemption.

And why do the anthem screw-ups generally involve a Canadian and American team?

Here’s Alexis’ website if you want to learn more about her.

H/T Deadspin

Singer Jeff Fuller screws up national anthems at Blue Jays game (Video)

Poor Jeff Fuller. The tenor was supposed to sing the national anthems for Canada and the US prior to the Toronto Blue Jays-Houston Astros spring training game on Wednesday, but he botched both versions.

As captured in the video above, Fuller stumbled while singing “O Canada.” According to USA Today, Fuller screwed it up the first time he tried singing it and just started over. But after messing up the second time, he reportedly moved right on to “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Though the video doesn’t show it, USA Today says Fuller also stumbled while singing the US national anthem but managed to regroup and finish.

The crowd treated him well and still applauded despite the mistakes. Toronto manager John Gibbons reportedly gave Fuller a pat on the back.

When it comes to singing in front of a large audience, it doesn’t matter how many times one practices a song, because there’s no accounting for how someone will perform under pressure.

H/T BuzzFeed Sports

William Dillon, who was wrongly imprisoned for 27 years, sings National Anthem before Rays game (Video)

William Dillon spent nearly half of his life behind bars after being convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. Thanks in part to the help he received from the Innocence Project, the now 52-year-old Dillon was released from prison in 2008, where he spent 27 years after he was convicted of murdering James Bvorak back in 1981. The man who actually killed Bvorak hitchhiked to a bar after beating him to death and left his bloody clothes behind in a car. Dillon was arrested after a police dog matched the scent on the clothes to him, but a DNA test conducted in 2008 proved his innocence.

On Wednesday night, Dillon performed the National Anthem at Tropicana field before a game between the Rays and Indians. He was an aspiring baseball player before his encarcoration and has a love for the game, so he asked the team if he could perform the Anthem to celebrate his freedom. His wish was granted, and Dillon proudly sang wearing a shirt that read “Not Guilty” across the front.

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Fake Kazakhstan national anthem from ‘Borat’ plays at medal ceremony (Video)

At the Arab Shooting Championships in Kuwait on Thursday, Maria Dmitrienko of Kazakhstan won gold in the 75 target event, but during her medal ceremony, instead of “My Kazakhstan,” she was forced to sit through the spoof national anthem heard in the movie “Borat.”

If you haven’t seen “Borat,” it stars Sacha Baron Cohen as a farcical Kazakh TV host who makes a documentary about his experiences in America. It’s hilarious, it’s raunchy, it was extremely controversial when it was released six years ago, almost every Arab country banned it, and, obviously, Kazakhstan hated it.

Some of the lyrics of the spoof anthem? “Kazakhstan’s prostitutes are the cleanest in the region, except, of course, for Turkmenistan’s. Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place … come grasp the mighty penis of our leader from junction with testes to tip of its face.”

As you can imagine, while the “Borat” version played, Dmitrienko appeared uncomfortable but forced a smile at its conclusion. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov called the incident a “scandal” and demanded an investigation. Organizers said they accidentally downloaded the wrong version from the Internet. The Asian Shooting Federation President Sheikh Salman al-Sabah also apologized to the Kazakh team. The ceremony was reportedly done over with the real anthem. Great success!

Thanks to Fourth-Place Medal for the video