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Butchering National Anthems

The performance of the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events has gotten out of hand. Performed at tempo, it should take 45 seconds. Singing it should be about honoring America and those that created and defend our great country. Unfortunately at sporting events, this is no longer the case.
Tonight is a prime example. I have tuned in to watch Game 1 of the World Series, only to find the Backstreet Boys on camera to perform the Star Spangled Banner. Two and a half minutes I’d say – that’s how long it took for them to show off and promote themselves. They weren’t honoring America, they were hoping to gain some more record sales.
I am by no means singling them out. There have been many other musical acts representing all genres of performance to butcher the song. In fact – most of the time national television is not involved.
My question for the day is – is it this way in other countries?

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