Aaron Lewis Botched the National Anthem, But Made Fun of Christina Aguilera When She Did the Same!

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Singer Aaron Lewis performs the national anthem prior to Game Five

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The Star-Spangled Banner is not the easiest song to sing, especially in front of 43,000 fans and millions of people watching on TV.

Aaron Lewis, frontman for the band Staind, botched the national anthem in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday (Oct. 26).

The singer started with, “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hailed,” but instead of saying, “at the twilight’s last gleaming” he sang, “were so gallantly streaming.” The words that come later in the national anthem.

Lewis released a statement about the incident later that night:

“All I can say is I’m sorry and ask for the Nation’s forgiveness. My nerves got the best of me and I am completely torn up about what happened. America is the greatest country in the world. The Star-Spangled Banner means so much to so many, including myself. I hope everyone can understand the intensity of the situation and my true intent of this performance. I hope that the Nation, Major League Baseball and the many fans of our national pastime can forgive me.”

Notice Tim Licecum, pitcher for the Giants, catch Lewis’ mistake and say to a teammate, “He forgot the words. Yep.”

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The funny thing about Lewis not knowing the lyrics and making a mockery of the most patriotic song of our nation, is that he dissed Christina Aguilera’s version of the song in 2011.

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Payback sucks doesn’t it, Aaron? The anthem isn’t so easy to perform now, is it?