The biggest sporting event of the year ended up as the most discussed music evenr of 2011 so far. Musically, the Superbowl started off with Glee’s Lea Michelle giving a beautiful rendition of “America The Beautiful”. Her flawless vocals and her smile charmed everybody. But only a few moments later the mood rapidly changed as Christina Aguilera came out to perform live the National Anthem.
The 5-time Grammy winner screamed her way through the performance and messed up the lyrics. She sang the words “what so proudly we watched” instead “o’er the ramparts we watched.” People say that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but think twice here! We all know that Superbowl can have a destructive effect on singer’s careers (remember Janet Jackson’s little incident), so the question is what’s in for Christina now that the mistake has been made? Four days later the whole nation still talks about it. Students discuss it in class and are receiving assignments related to the incident. Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell used one of his most banal remarks to express his opinion on Christina’s perfornance: to him it sounded like “the 100, 000 people in the stadium had just sat on a cat.” It’s a fact that her over-singing took away from the melody and it wasn’t as good as a powerhouse of her caliber is expected to do, but it surely doesn’t deserve harsh comments like this. And most certainly isn’t a reason for Christina to be deported from the United States as Sarah Palin has proposed. Well, an ignorant airhead like Palin wouldn’t know that the verb “deport” refers to expelling foreigners from a the country. Christina happened to be born in New York, so dear Sarah Palin please shut it. On a side note, Christina looked extremely beautiful and stylish wearing a Dolce & Gabanna suit and glamorous pair of Louboutin shoes.
It was all up to the Black Eyed Peas to set things right with their halftime performance and to some extent they succeeded. Well, if you don’t count their vocals and especially Fergie’s vocals that reminded of a bad karaoke performance. The group did a huge medley of their biggest hits and enjoyed the company of special guests Slash and Usher. And while nobody will remember the terrible vocals, the great production of the performance will be stuck in people’s heads for a while. The set design in general and the stage which switched from looking like the logo of Dr. Dre’s headphones “Beats” during “I Gotta Feeling” to taking the shape of the word LOVE for the performance of “Where Is The Love”. A short appearance by Slash accompanied by Fergie’s attempts to act provocative and a dance performance from Usher added extra energy to the already dynamic performance.
Check out the performances: