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John Legend: National Anthem Is 'Weak' Anyway

And it celebrates slavery, he tweets

(Newser) - John Legend is backing Colin Kaepernick in his national anthem protest : In fact, Legend says, the "Star-Spangled Banner" shouldn't even be our anthem. "For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don't and I'm very good at singing it.... More »

Museum Looking for Patches of 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Bits of original flag were given away as keepsakes long ago

(Newser) - If you happen to find some remnants of woven wool in your attic—in red, white or blue and marked Fort McHenry—the Smithsonian Institution would like to know. Two hundred years after a massive flag was hoisted over the fort in Baltimore that withstood a British attack, Americans from... More »

Book Reveals Francis Scott Key's Bigoted Side

'Star Spangled Banner' author had mixed record on race

(Newser) - Francis Scott Key, member of President Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet" who also served as the US attorney for the District of Columbia, is probably best known for penning the lyrics to the "Star Spangled Banner" 200 years ago. (He borrowed the melody from an English tune popular... 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 »

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 »

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