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'O Canada' Gets a Gender-Neutral Version

It's not all about the 'sons' anymore

(Newser) - Robert Stanley Weir worked up an English translation of the French "O Canada" in 1908, and it soon became the Great White North's most popular English version (and, in 1980, the national anthem). It's gone through minor tweaks since its first choruses, but a rather major one... More »

O Canada Looking to Go Gender-Neutral

'In all thy sons command' no more if bill passes Parliament

(Newser) - Canada is about to give its national anthem a minor tweak aimed at gender neutrality, reports USA Today , with a bill in support of the change wending its way through Parliament and looking likely to become law by summer or fall. The proposed change to O Canada: Making the line... More »

Holocaust Survivor's MLB Dream to Come True

Hermina Hirsch to sing national anthem at Detroit Tigers game

(Newser) - Hermina Hirsch has sung the national anthem at weekly meetings of Holocaust survivors for decades, but she always dreamed of having a larger audience. Now she'll get her chance. After telling her family her dream of singing at an MLB game, a granddaughter reached out to the Detroit Tigers,... More »

Canada Could Change National Anthem to Include Women

'I want to at long last honor their sacrifices and contribution'

(Newser) - A Canadian politician is on a crusade to change the lyrics of O Canada—the Canadian national anthem—to give equal shrift to both genders, the Guardian reports. The third line of O Canada currently reads "True patriot love in all thy sons command." A bill introduced by... More »

England May Finally Get Its Own National Anthem

God save ' God Save the Queen'?

(Newser) - God may save the Queen, but who will save "God Save the Queen"? A bill introduced Wednesday in British parliament means England will consider replacing "God Save the Queen" as its de facto national anthem for the first time in 200 years, the New York Times reports.... More »

NHL Crowd Sings 'O Canada' After Ottawa Attack

Prime minister thanks fans in Pittsburgh for the gesture

(Newser) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans offered a nice show of support to Canada last night before a game against Philadelphia. Hours after a gunman attacked the Parliament in Ottawa, fans joined along in the singing of O Canada as the Canadian flag was projected on the ice, reports ABC... More »

Cooper: Who Cares if Beyonce Lip-Synced?

'Francis Scott Key would send her a fruit basket,' he says

(Newser) - Amid the "did she or didn't she" debate surrounding Beyonce's alleged lip-syncing of the national anthem on Inauguration Day, Anderson Cooper has weighed in on the side of "so what," reports Mediaite . "I’m releasing a statement right now saying I just don’t... More »

Marine Band Backpedals on Beyonce Lip-Sync Statement

We don't know one way or the other, says spokesman

(Newser) - It looks like Beyonce herself is going to have to weigh in on this one. A representative for the US Marine Band set off a tizzy earlier today by telling news outlets that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at the inauguration. And now, a different band spokesperson is on the... More »

Beyonce Lip-Synced Inauguration: Marine Band

That whole earpiece-ripping thing? All part of the act

(Newser) - Many inauguration watchers were impressed when Beyonce ripped out her earpiece while performing the national anthem—appearing to be the victim of audio problems—yet still nailed the song. Except, er, she wasn't actually singing the song. A Marine Corps Band spokesperson tells TMZ and the UK Times that... More »

Alicia Keys Gets Super Bowl Gig

She'll sing the national anthem

(Newser) - A person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans tells the AP that Alicia Keys has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game in New Orleans on Feb. 3. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not yet announced the anthem... More »

On Deck at Inaugural: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson

James Taylor will also sing at Jan. 21 event

(Newser) - Not much of a shocker, but huge Obama fan Beyonce will perform at the president's second inauguration, People reports. She'll perform the National Anthem at the Jan. 21 event, while Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and James Taylor will perform "America... More »

No National Anthem Oops for Kelly Clarkson

She delivers an error-free Super Bowl performance

(Newser) - This time last year, Christina Aguilera was messing up big-time . Luckily, Kelly Clarkson more than escaped the same fate. The Huffington Post reports that Clarkson absolutely nailed the national anthem, delivering an error-free performance. And the singer is getting plenty of props on Twitter: From fellow singer @Pink : "Kelly... More »

Steven Tyler Screeches Anthem as Bad as Rest of Us

'A+ for Effort,' says Gawker

(Newser) - Dude might look like a lady, but he certainly doesn't sing like a diva. Steven Tyler sang his "unique" interpretation of the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the AFC championship game yesterday, eschewing high notes for a throaty screech, reports Gawker . "Steven definitely deserves an A+ for effort... More »

Law Would Fine Singers for Altering National Anthem

Indiana bill would cover all public school performances

(Newser) - An Indiana lawmaker is sick of hearing the national anthem parodied, and she's proposing a law to ban such alterations. The bill would set a $25 fine payable by any singer who doesn't meet "performance standards" when belting out the tune at an event at a public... More »

Can We Stop Butchering the National Anthem?

Let's ditch the 'insufferable freestyle flourishes': Raymond Cummings

(Newser) - Why must every sports game begin with vocalists wailing their way through the national anthem? It’s a powerful song, but “there’s no reason” it needs to “last five endless minutes and arrive full of insufferable freestyle flourishes,” writes Raymond Cummings at SpliceToday . Trouble is, no... More »

Cyndi Lauper Flubs Anthem at US Open

Ceremony marred by Lauper's unforced error

(Newser) - This time, apparently the Goonies weren't good enough. Singer Cyndi Lauper flubbed the national anthem at the US Open women's semifinals, in a ceremony honoring 9/11 victims. After a moment of silence, and as an honor guard marched, Lauper did a mash-up of lines from the anthem, changing... More »

Mennonite College Bans National Anthem

School should look to "Christ rather than country," says board

(Newser) - A Mennonite college will stop playing the national anthem at sports events, after some complained that the song violated pacifist ideals; the Indiana school’s board of directors said the college’s “allegiance should be to Christ rather than to country,” the Religion News Service reports via Huffington... More »

So, Do You Actually Know the National Anthem?

Aguilera takes flak, but most Americans don't know lyrics

(Newser) - OK, so by this point pretty much every American knows that Christina Aguilera butchered the national anthem. But could you do any better? The Daily Beast set to find out by asking a random sampling of Americans (living in the "random, well-educated, professional city" of Portland) to sing the... More »

Maybe It's Time for a New National Anthem

This one's just too hard...

(Newser) - If nothing else, Christina Aguilera's national anthem mess has renewed that age-old debate, writes Alan Wirzbicki at the Boston Globe : Considering that this one is so tough to sing , shouldn't we just pick a new anthem? "Flubs like Aguilera's might be easier to overlook if the difficult-to-sing song was... More »

5 Worst National Anthem Flubs

Don't worry, Christina, you're not alone

(Newser) - Christina Aguilera is far from the first person to have bungled the national anthem. PopEater lists a few other high-profile, and hilarious, examples:
  • Jesse McCartney: At a 2009 NASCAR race, he managed to skip an entire verse within seconds of starting the anthem.
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