Luke Bryan, the country music singer who began his career by penning tunes for the likes of Travis Tritt and many others, recently performed the National Anthem at the Major League Baseball All-Star game. Although it would appear that Bryan is well-versed in the country’s patriotic ditty, eagle-eyed viewers noticed the musician kept looking at his hand during his performance. As it turns out, Bryan didn’t know the words to the song by heart, forcing him to read the lyrics he’d scrawled on the palm of his hand. Naturally, people were angry.
“I had a few keys words written down to insure myself that I wouldn’t mess up. I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart,” Bryan said of the debacle. “If I offended anyone with my approach I sincerely apologize. Anytime I sing the anthem it is an honor and my heart beats out of my chest.”
Honestly, I kind of feel bad for the guy. Singers who tackle the anthem at sporting events are under the insanely critical eye of the masses, who, if forced to sing the anthem in front of a large crowd of people, would probably have some trouble remembering every single word to the song. People make mistakes, folks — it’s going to happen. Calling Bryan “unpatriotic” for his efforts is madness, as I seriously doubt he was attempting to insult the country by making sure he didn’t screw up. In fact, he was trying to prevent such a thing for happening.
Guess what? Bryan isn’t the first singer to botch his performance of the National Anthem, and, chances are, he’s not going to be the last person to do it. Below you’ll find a collection of videos from folks who, for whatever reason, didn’t rise to the occasion when they were tapped to perform the song for the masses. So get off Bryan’s back, already. Unless he was singing the song while burning an American flag, I seriously doubt he meant any harm.
And, because it’s funny, a clip from “Naked Gun”.