The most cringeworthy celebrity performances of the American national anthem

Macy Gray's rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' elicits giggles from the stars

Stars Insider

21/02/22 | StarsInsider


A celebrity's worst nightmare must be singing the national anthem in front of millions of people—and then butchering it! Unfortunately, this has happened to some very unlucky stars. It might seem strange that the anthem has been botched so many times, considering that many school kids sing it every day, but it's actually an incredibly difficult song to perform. It calls for an enormous vocal range that would challenge any singer, and it's always performed live under the watchful gaze of thousands of spectators, plus often millions more watching from home. This nightmarish combination of factors has thrown many seasoned performers off their game.

Many viewers were reminded of Fergie's infamous jazzy performance of the anthem when Macy Gray took to the court before the NBA All-Star game on February 20. The Grammy-winning singer's rendition elicited some chuckles amongst the audience, including LeBron James, who was seen apparently fighting back a smile when the camera panned to him. He noticed he was caught on the jumbotron and bowed his head to hide his face, but the sentiment is being shared online anyway. 

Click through this gallery to read about some of the most cringeworthy celebrity performances of 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'


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