Rachel Platten forgets words to national anthem, restarts twice
Rachel Platten’s latest rendition of the national anthem did not start off on a good note.
The “Fight Song” singer had to restart her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” two times ahead of Saturday’s NWSL soccer game between the Utah Royals and the Chicago Red Stars after she forgot the song’s opening lyrics.
“Oh say can you see, by the stars early light,” Platten began, mistakenly singing “stars” instead of “dawn’s” in the song’s first line.
Platten, 36, then quickly apologized and started over, but had to stop again at the same portion of the song and ask for someone to give her the next line.
Some members of the crowd tried to help her with the lyrics by singing the start of the song, and Platten made it through the end of the performance after beginning it for a third time.
Despite the early mix-up, Platten managed to maintain a smile through the mayhem.
Rachel Platten had trouble with national anthem over the weekend.
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Platten previously sang the national anthem at Game 1 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians without error.
She’s not the first performer to have some trouble with the national anthem this year. Pop star Fergie made headlines in February after her eccentric version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game drew criticism.
Fergie later said she wanted to “try something special for the NBA” with her performance.
“I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone,” Fergie said in a statement in February. “I love this country and honestly tried my best.”
Platten rose to widespread fame on the strength of her uplifting 2014 track “Fight Song,” which rose as high as the sixth spot on the Billboard charts. She followed that up with another hit, “Stand By You,” in 2016.