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#pounditWednesday, December 7, 2022

NBC made big graphical screw-up during Super Bowl national anthem

NBC Jhene Aiko graphic

NBC’s coverage of the Super Bowl got off to a fairly awkward start when the network misidentified the singer of the national anthem.

The pregame festivities featured performances of “America the Beautiful” as well as the anthem, as is customary. Also per usual, both songs were performed by different artists: R&B singer Jhene Aiko performed “America the Beautiful,” while country singer Mickey Guyton handled “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Aiko went first, which NBC correctly identified. The problem came during the anthem, when the network put Aiko’s name up again for Guyton’s performance.

That’s a pretty brutal mistake to make. That’s doubly true since this portion of the broadcast would have been rehearsed and predictable as opposed to unpredictable in-game action.

NBC hasn’t had the best track record identifying people during Rams games this season. This one was even worse.


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