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Kels may be the (Questionable) King of R&B, but he still loses points for this ringside rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner." It's not his caliber of singing that makes us cringe, it's the "Up in the Club" spin that he added, complete with a call to the audience to start clapping and bouncing along. It's the anthem, Kels — just keep it simple.
As much as we love singer Keyshia Cole's 'round the way sensibilities, she should have known better than to attempt the national anthem. Her pipes were teetering on collapse by the time she reached the bridge, but the audience, for some reason, ate up the performance. Maybe it was her soulful expression or her fly outfit that did the trick.
There's no denying that American Idol Jennifer Hudson has a strong set of pipes, but we can't figure why she didn't use them. During one of many renditions of the "Star Spangled Banner" that J-Hud delivered, she performed the song with a pre-recorded track. Why lip-synch the national anthem when you can actually sing?
Props to Mavericks shooting guard and small forward Jerry Stackhouse for introducing his own game by singing "The Star Spangled Banner." We commend him for blowing his pipes before huffing and puffing across the court, but the expressionless face he presented throughout the performance did little to inspire pride of country.
Retired track and field man Carl Lewis may have won ten Olympic medals, but he won't be winning awards for his singing anytime soon. His 1993 rendition of the national anthem is notorious — bad from beginning to end. Take a listen. Lewis not only misses every high note, his screeching is so disturbing that its barely discernable from the audience's boos.
Cuba Gooding Sr.
Singer — and we use that word loosely — Cuba Gooding Sr. overshot with his ultra high-pitched rendition of the anthem. The performance was so disturbing that one bold YouTube'er claimed he pulled a "Carl Lewis". Ouch! But, seriosuly, Cuba — this wasn't your shining glory!
This Star Spangled Blooper is an obvious one. Roseanne Barr should never, ever have been called-on to belt out the national anthem. Was this 1990 rendition a joke? If so, our ears are certainly not laughing.
As if world domination weren't enough, Miley Cyrus, dressed as her alter-ego Hannah Montana, preps her vocal chords pre-performance with a slow-going take at the anthem. Maybe it was the acoustics that worked against her, but somehow "bangled banner" came out terribly mangled. Here's hoping Hannah's on-stage performance was better than this backstage rendition.
But not every anthem attempt is a blunder. Some singers like Whitney Houston carry each tune with confidence. Go 'head, Whitney!
And despite R. Kelly's results, not all anthem remixes go awry. R&B legend Marvin Gaye opted out of the classic rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" and, instead, lended his soulful style to his performance at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. Show them how it's done, Marvin!