Rachel Platten's perfomance of the National Anthem was called the 'national disaster'

Apr 18, 2018
10:30 A.M.
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The singer fumbled and forgot the lyrics of the National Anthem twice.


TMZ Sports reported that Rachel Platten botched The Star-Spangled Banner at an NWSL game between Utah Royals FC and Chicago Red Stars.

Known for the Fight Song, the 36-year-old singer’s rendition of the National Anthem is making the rounds on the internet. 

Platten was doing the honors at the home debut of the Utah Royals FC in a National Women’s Soccer League match on April 14, 2018, in Salt Lake City.

However, it did not go well for her and she had to restart the anthem twice as she forgot the lyrics. The crowd then pitched in and helped her finish the song.


Platten forgot the opening lines of the Francis Scott Key song and said, “I’m so sorry. Could someone tell me the next line?”

The home team did not fare well either, losing 1-0 to Chicago Red Stars.

On Monday, April 16, the singer tweeted her apologies and said she was embarrassed. Speaking to People, she recounted what happened in the moments leading up to the performance.


“I feel really embarrassed, honestly. I’m having a hard time forgiving myself, but I’m working on it. It was incredibly, incredibly embarrassing. I’ve been trying to retrace steps of what happened … it has just been hanging over me.” 

Rachel Platten, People, April 16, 2018.

She said that she was nervous right before her performance. She confessed that she always gets nervous because it is probably the most important song for the country and because it is very powerful.


Though she has sung the song earlier, Saturday’s performance was tough for her. She said that she felt the expectation of the people and was ready to give what they wanted, but her mind just went blank. Platten added that her mind did not cooperate.

She did finish the song on her third try and said she was actually proud to have finished it without forgetting more lyrics.

Platten admitted that moving on from the “humongous and embarrassing mistake” has been difficult for her but she hopes she can learn from her mistake.