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Country star Luke Bryan apologizes for All-Star national anthem

Jul 11, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

There’s nothing quite so patriotic as using a cheat sheet to sing the anthem.

Luke Bryan’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game was met with pretty scathing reviews, not only because of its length, but because he appeared to keep checking his hand and watch during the performance.

Bryan took to twitter Wednesday to explain:

Morning everyone. I really wanna explain the national anthem performance from last night.

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.

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.

I did check my watch because I knew the stealth bomber would fly over 2 minutes in and I knew a started a little late.

Being a part of the all star game was amazing and I look forward to the next time I can perform the anthem. Thanks y’all. Love ya

You might not want to wait by the phone, Luke. FOX already has plans to have the 2013 All-Star Game anthem performed as a medley featuring six American Idol runners-up.

  1. Shayna - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Kountryking, I agree that the saxophone version of O Canada was a failure. But at least we were spared the common spectacle of the US singer du jour losing his/her place in the lyrics and/or vamping with repeated “O Canada”‘s until she/he can pick up the lyric again. Too bad; I like our lyrics, which express some fundamental ideas about our country: product of immigrant population and experience, the idea of north (check out the great Glenn Gould documentary by the same name), and an acknowledgment of God, /pace/ all the atheists who get itchy about this. As for invading: after 1812, we figure we made our point.

    Go Jays! Let’s find some pitching to match our fabulous offence and we can make some noise in the second half..

  2. txraiderfan - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    That’s why country music is populated by people who aren’t good enough to make it in rock

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