Steven Tyler's National Anthem Performance Criticised

Steven Tyler may have also won something a spot on the list of failed Nation Anthem performances.

Steven Tyler's National Anthem Performance Criticised
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The New England Patriots may have won their spot in the Super Bowl on Sunday by winning the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens 23-20, but singer Steven Tyler may have also won something a spot on the list of failed Nation Anthem performances. The "American Idol" judge, sporting his signature scarf - this time with a sequined Patriots theme - sung "The Star Spangled Banner" before the game. While fans at the stadium cheered on the Aerosmith frontman, others expressed some harsh criticism of the singer on the web. The AP wrote, "Let's just say the rendition probably wouldn't get him to Hollywood." And Yahoo added: "He most definitely would not have made it to the next round on the show and I am sure Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson would have had some interesting words to say had he been singing in front of them." Tyler isn't the first singer to have a tough time with the National Anthem. During this past baseball season, former "American Idol" contestant Scott Mccreary flubbed the lyrics. And at least year's Super Bowl, "The Voice" judge Christina Aguilera also tripped over the lyrics, later explaining that she got lost in the moment - and lost her place in the song. All eyes will be on the very first "Idol" winner on Super Bowl Sunday when Kelly Clarkson will take the stage to perform the National Anthem. Hopefully, she'll have an easier time than the "Idol" judge handling the arduous task of belting out the opening number for "Super Bowl XLVI" on Feb. 5. Watch Steven Tyler's performance below:
Thanks for the report to HollywoodReporter.com.

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    Pagan_Poetry
    ...That wasn't that bad. Honestly that wasn't that bad. It wasn't great but that wasn't enough to have been slammed. I've heard far worse. The one scream in the middle was pretty sour but apart from that it was decent. As GrungeHippie said, I think most of this was due to expectation because of American Idol. Did people honestly expect a guy who has been screaming and wailing and singing for decades to come out and sound like he was in his twenties again? Look at Whitney Houston. One of the best singers of all time, regardless if you like her music or not (which I don't). She sounds bloody horrendous now, and a thousand times worse than this. People age.
    Nirvana_RATM2
    Other news. People pissed off that Steven Tyler sounded like Steven Tyler whilst singing the national anthem? Seriously, what the hell did anyone expect? I love Aerosmith, and that's....pretty much how I thought it was going to sound.
    Elegy_
    The only thing wrong with it was it was missing Joe Perry on guitar.
    Pagan_Poetry
    Thumper! wrote: In other news, American Idol is killing the music industry in every way possible.
    I thought you said news?
    Sid McCall
    It must have been FREEZING which really messes up anyone's vocal cords. You can see his breath very clearly in the air. I don't blame him for being a little bit pitchy.
    mysticguitar77
    When you hire a washed up rockstar to perform the Nation Anthem, you should expect a washed up performance.
    mullet1337
    His voice only works with a full band behind him, that's why. A rock n roll voice ain't meant for a capella.
    vikkyvik
    mullet1337 wrote: His voice only works with a full band behind him, that's why. A rock n roll voice ain't meant for a capella.
    I agree. But look, they didn't get him to sing it because he's a fabulous singer. They did it because he's the singer of Aerosmith, from Boston. Honestly, I expected to hear Steven Tyler sing the national anthem, and that's EXACTLY what I heard. I was happy he threw in a little scream at the end.
    GrungeHippie26
    mysticguitar77 wrote: When you hire a washed up rockstar to perform the Nation Anthem, you should expect a washed up performance.
    I think its more than that. People who know nothing about music, and just know him from American Idol expected too much of him. We knew that he hasn't got much left in him. Unfortunately singers who were amazing back in the day are fading. Robert Plant's voice is shot, now Tyler, and i know I'm guna get hate for this, but Ozzy is next. I saw him live last year...no...just no.
    khakiapple
    after the first 10 seconds i wasn't expecting him to be able to hit any of those high notes. he pulled some rock n roll on it though.
    ironmaiden_98
    Well first of all, I don't think it's really that bad. Sounds fine to me. Plus, considering that he's a rock star, and this is how he's always sang, I feel like this is what they should have been expecting. He's never been a class A singer from a technical aspect. No, he's no Freddie Mercury. This doesn't deserve the hate it's getting. It's sounds exactly how I expected it to sound
    Eirien
    Thumper! wrote: In other news, American Idol is killing the music industry in every way possible.
    Meh, it's only a light entertainment show that people take too seriously. The music industry is killing itself.
    Thumper!
    In other news, American Idol is killing the music industry in every way possible.
    Eifler121
    Eifler121 wrote: It was off key, for sure. I don't think it's an age thing, though. He sounded fine on Jay Leno the other night, he just messed this one up.
    I take it back, it just sounded like Steven Tyler.
    swave75
    He could have taken notes from the Patriots coach...tape someone else practicing, take notes, and then sing. Kinda like how the Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl a few years ago. Cough cough.
    SynGatesFan1
    I didnt find anything wrong with his performance... The media is probably bashing on him cause he didnt use autotune.
    fenderstrattele
    not his best preformance, but not as bad as some people say. he's still the best frontman ever in my book. and I seriously disagree with the top comment about Steven being a washed up rockstar
    grizzrodehed
    He is getting way too much hate for this. He's not a twenty year old anymore. To be honest I'm surprised he still has this much left for his age.
    funeralllllllll
    LazarusOnGrave wrote: i_am_metalhead wrote: This wasn't bad at all. He was on pitch the whole time. Steven Tyler has a VERY distinct voice and singing style. If that's not what you want then don't get him to sing the national anthem. Its that simple. But that's part of the problem. If he did this at an Aerosmith concert, fine, nobody would complain, he's just doing what Steven Tyler does. But when he's on national TV in front of a national audience who are tuning in for a football game and not to listen to him, they want that clean polished no frills version done the way its supposed to be sung.
    bad booking then
    CronoMagus
    GrungeHippie26 wrote: mysticguitar77 wrote: When you hire a washed up rockstar to perform the Nation Anthem, you should expect a washed up performance. I think its more than that. People who know nothing about music, and just know him from American Idol expected too much of him. We knew that he hasn't got much left in him. Unfortunately singers who were amazing back in the day are fading. Robert Plant's voice is shot, now Tyler, and i know I'm guna get hate for this, but Ozzy is next. I saw him live last year...no...just no.
    I agree wholeheartedly about Ozzy. He's going down sadly.
    Lord_Doku
    All those artists failing can also be seen as silently protesting against the direction America is heading. Just putting it in a different perspective.
    fede01_8
    it's all so cheesee the crowd cheering, the planes flying, the american flag... patriotism, pfff
    Trent Armitage
    mysticguitar77 wrote: When you hire a washed up rockstar to perform the Nation Anthem, you should expect a washed up performance.
    Because a washed up Ravens defense wanted a washed up singer. I thought he did fine, at least he wasn't like last years Superbowl Performance
    i_am_metalhead
    This wasn't bad at all. He was on pitch the whole time. Steven Tyler has a VERY distinct voice and singing style. If that's not what you want then don't get him to sing the national anthem. Its that simple.
    LazarusOnGrave
    It's a tough song to sing, and it takes a singer with good range to do it well. Tyler may be good at what he does, but he just isn't a good fit to do it. He sang at the Indy 500 a few years ago and that performance wasn't all that great either. And he caused controversy then too when he changed the word "brave" to "Indianapolis 500". Take a look:
    Eifler121
    It was off key, for sure. I don't think it's an age thing, though. He sounded fine on Jay Leno the other night, he just messed this one up.
    blackbird51
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: ...That wasn't that bad. Honestly that wasn't that bad. It wasn't great but that wasn't enough to have been slammed. I've heard far worse. The one scream in the middle was pretty sour but apart from that it was decent. As GrungeHippie said, I think most of this was due to expectation because of American Idol. Did people honestly expect a guy who has been screaming and wailing and singing for decades to come out and sound like he was in his twenties again? Look at Whitney Houston. One of the best singers of all time, regardless if you like her music or not (which I don't). She sounds bloody horrendous now, and a thousand times worse than this. People age.
    Then there was Glenn Hughes..
    -[NiL]-
    Yeah, it wasn't great, but the Star Spangled Banner is more or less female vocal territory anyway. And dear god there have been worse.
    Camron62\m/
    he did a bad-ass job, idk what people are complaining about. he screwed up on ONE note. ONCE. other than that, he sung like himself. shit.
    Skin_n_bones
    The man is 63. He sang dream on when he was what, 19? needless to say hes been doing it for a good long while, hes not going to sound like he did in the seventies. And anybody who knows Tyler, or Aerosmith for that matter, knows that he isnt known for his silky smooth voice. Hes the Demon of Screamin' for christs sake
    iljh
    Didn't bother me. I think there are more important things to bitch about. And frankly, none of them should be on a guitar site, but we all know how that goes
    SydBareass
    How was that bad? He only lost key like once or twice, and didn't screw up the lyrics. It just sounded like "the dude from Aerosmith" singing the National Anthem with his signature, raspy-rock style. Let's face it Steven Tyler never was the greatest singer in the world, and now he's older. I think he did quite well, actually.
    burghUK
    People need to remember that hes over 60. Voices change in 40 years and i think he sounded good.
    Guitar Skater
    you hire steven tyler to sing the national anthem, it's going to sound like steven tyler singing the national anthem.
    HARTATTACK69
    Mikethespud wrote: GrungeHippie26 wrote: mysticguitar77 wrote: When you hire a washed up rockstar to perform the Nation Anthem, you should expect a washed up performance. I think its more than that. People who know nothing about music, and just know him from American Idol expected too much of him. We knew that he hasn't got much left in him. Unfortunately singers who were amazing back in the day are fading. Robert Plant's voice is shot, now Tyler, and i know I'm guna get hate for this, but Ozzy is next. I saw him live last year...no...just no. Ozzy seemed to do alright at the Metallica 30th anniversary show
    I saw Ozzy december 2010 and he was amazing, your probably just hearing impaired.
    ramorite
    it wasnt even that bad except for the little scream at the end but it was fine good overall
    w77yyz
    That was pretty abysmal... and dragged it out forever. By halfway, I was hoping they'd just kick the ball off and trample him into the turf. ... and I'm still a fan of the A-smith (OK just the the first 6 albums)!
    -[NiL]-
    Thumper! wrote: In other news, American Idol is killing the music industry in every way possible.
    By producing artists whose music people actually want to buy? I'd say "the music industry" owes them a steak dinner.
    7revor
    I thought it was fine, he added in his own little flare there. A bit of screech just because that's part of his singing style I guess. To someone who isn't an expert in singing, i.e. the vast majority of people watching the game, it was fine.
    rmzeppelin1919
    better than madonnas stupid ass "singing" for the super bowl. i wanna know who shit the bed with that one. you gotta give steve a break man. just the fact that he can still walk and talk amazes me. he's what? a thousand? plus I'm not really sure why everyone is so upset. he can't sing. he never has been able to. but america pays him well for it. hell I've paid him well for it. kudos to the old bastard for risking breaking a hip or something and getting up there and do what he does, which is wail into a microphone for 2 1/2-5 minutes. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HE HAS ALWAYS DONE. this is steven tyler. welcome to the world
    Gman400
    It certainly wasn't good, that should be pretty obvious, but I'm sick of having to endure lackluster performances from has-been rockstars etc. on their last legs being shoved on the biggest stages possible just because the older folks can say "Hey! Thats that Steven Tyler fellow! He really rocked it hard back in my day!!!" Honestly its just sad, pathetic, and annoying to watch. I mean, it seriously wasn't quite as bad as I was anticipating, but just the whole notion of the thing bugs me, when there are so many amazing, young, talented singers around and CBS or the NFL or Pats or whatever decide to get this guy as if its 1970. Also, It was 32 degrees up here in NH so it really wasn't that cold in Foxboro. Granted not perfect singing conditions but not the kind that will destroy a good set of pipes.