Good luck over Star Spangled respect
Thank those Lakers riots: Christina Aguilera gets a free pass for near CarlLewis-bad national anthem
Christina Aguilera won almost as much as the Los Angeles Lakers this week — thanks to Ron Artest and those rioting Laker fans.
A second straight mediocre performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" by Aguilera is being almost completely forgotten because of all of Artest's champagne crazy talk and some fans' lawless action on championship night. If only Carl Lewis had been so lucky back in the day. (OK, Xtina wasn't close to that bad, but unlike Lewis she is supposed to be a professional singer.)
Aguilera is known for a bitchy attitude when it comes to her voice because she attempts to protect it as much as possible. (See the video of when a journalist coughs) . She didn't sing the money notes in the "Star Spangled Banner" typically heard in a Mariah Carey or vintage Whitney Houston rendition. She did put her "stank" on it, but it seemed too weird, particularly at the finish.
Regardless, the Lakers won Games 6 and 7 and Aguilera is inexplicably getting credit for being a good-luck charm (she sang the anthem before both games) rather than criticism for botching America's most important song.
She is probably going to even milk this for CD sales. The five-time Grammy Award winner is desperate to see her newest studio album Bionic finally take off in the United States.
My favorite sports "Star Spangled Banner" performance of late has to be Amber Riley and the Cast of Glee at the 2009 World Series. What's yours?
Surely, it can't be this one: