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Steven Tyler's National Anthem

Did It Suck?

1/22/2012 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" judge Steven Tyler is finding himself on the other end of the criticism this afternoon ... he's being mercilessly attacked for his rendition of the National Anthem today. 

Tyler, in a glittery New England Patriots scarf, sung "The Star Spangled Banner" before today's Raven/Patriots AFC Championship game. 

Popular sports site Bleacher Report posted the video under the headline, "Watch Steven Tyler Butcher the National Anthem." Jason Whitlock, columnist for FOXsports.com, tweeted, "Steven Tyler far more obscene than Janet Jackson's t*tty."

To us, he sounded exactly like you'd expect Steven Tyler to. But we ask you ...

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Jean Deaux    

It was awesome.....I got chills.

973 days ago


If they didn't want Steven Tyler to sing the anthem in Steven Tyler fashion, then they should have gotten someone else.

973 days ago


Steven, is a rocker and needed drums and bass behind him. Whitney Houston sang The Star Spangled Banner in 1991. After the soldiers, from the gulf war came home. That was the greatest, rendition!!!!!

973 days ago

Dennis Johnson    

The song is not for Steve's voice but he did the best he could do.The Lady that sang the NA for the NFC playoff game WAS GREAT!

973 days ago


At any major (or sporting) event, the National Anthem should only be sang by those in uniform. There are many singers and music people in the Military. Why do we continue to let these celebs hack up the Anthem? It is not for entertainment. Our priorities in this country are so screwed up.

973 days ago


you guys forget hes almost 70 yrs old. thats not bad for a 64 yr old

973 days ago


Loved it !!! but why didn't the teams have their hands over their hearts... only saw a few that did... now that's the real shame!

973 days ago


Enthusiastic... Full of Passion...It's Steve Tyler! He is a ROCKER.. I bet the ones complaining are younger than 21. He gave it ENERGY - you could tell he felt the pride of being American. He also knew the words and it didn't need the help of a compupter.....

973 days ago


He should not allow to be critical of other people vocal efforts. No style, just continued narcissistic behavior supporting is unique personal ego at the expense of others.

973 days ago


Betsy - do you have a hearing problem?? Suck? It's not even a question. American media and hearing impaired can take a hike. Come to Canada, Stevie - we love you and we can hear!

973 days ago

Linda Christopher    

He was being himself,We are talking Steven Tyler what were you expecting?

973 days ago

J Carter    

I've heard a whole lot worse then him....

973 days ago


Its Steven tyler... Hes a rocker, You can't say he sucks or ruined the song, because you have artists like celine,whiteney,carrie underwood, who are amazing * singers * he's not your time generation, because you only know him from american Idol, don't be too quick to judge.

973 days ago


Here in New England, Steven represents the Real American Dream. After seeing him perform our Anthem, I am prouder than ever.

973 days ago

Rose Ann     

I don't understand why there is even a question about this performance. They hired a famous Hard Rock star to sing one of the most difficult songs to sing ever. What did they expect, Whitney Houston. I am sorry but he sang it well and from his heart the way it should be sung. Next time hire a Diva. God Bless Steven, you did it right!!!

973 days ago
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