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Anita Baker drops the ball singing national anthem at NBA finals

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anita-bakerImage Credit: Elsa/Getty ImagesFolks at Boston’s TD Banknorth Garden last night (June 10) to watch the Boston Celtics play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the NBA finals must have been delighted to know that repeat Grammy award winner Anita Baker would be singing the “Star Spangled Banner” before the game. And why shouldn’t they have? She’s a R&B legend whose vocal skills have wowed many for decades. Then she sang. And boy, was it bad.

Mind you, Baker is regularly invited to sing the national anthem at sporting events. That wasn’t her first time around a court or stadium. I doubt Baker will be getting many invites after last night, though. Check out her woeful performance here. The off-key showing soon propelled her to Trending Topic status on Twitter, as thousands of disappointed viewers sounded off on how much they didn’t enjoy it.

Funny thing is, Baker appeared not to even notice how bad she was. What do you think? Was her performance that bad? Or are people just overreacting? Let us know.

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Originally posted June 11 2010 — 2:04 PM EDT

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