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Pop star gets torn to shreds over 1 of the worst national anthem blunders ever

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Rachel Platten just threw her hat into the ring for the Worst National Anthem Rendition of 2018 Award.

If you thought Fergie’s version was bad, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet. Although to be fair to Fergie, at least she knew all the words.

Platten performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Saturday prior to a National Women’s Soccer League matchup between the Utah Royals and the Chicago Red Star, according to Deadspin.

This one went off the rails in a hurry. Platten tripped up on the line “by the dawn’s early light,” which is not usually the part of the anthem where things go sideways for people who flub the lines.

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To be fair, at least she managed to stay on (Francis Scott) key, so she’s got that going for her.

But Twitter, as Twitter tends to be, was all over Platten’s performance.

A few other people pointed out that the Royals’ boasts about attendance numbers for the game were somewhat disingenuous, considering the team was basically selling a postgame Rachel Platten concert with a soccer game tacked on beforehand.

https://twitter.com/firehose_switch/status/985338336024956928

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Others chose to sympathize with Platten, noting that sometimes, you’re not as prepared as you think you are for the spotlight.

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There have been worse performances of the national anthem at sporting events. Carl Lewis made himself a laughingstock in 1993, Roseanne Barr made an unholy mess of it in 1990 and Fergie’s performance at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game was … unique.

But then again, at least all of them knew the words.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
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