It took a cringe-worthy performance before an international audience, but Canadian singer-songwriter Alexis Normand has found fame — of a certain kind.
The francophone jazz-folk artist from Saskatoon, Saskachewan, botched the American national anthem at the Memorial Cup game on Saturday, forgetting the lyrics as the audience shifted in their seats. Finally, the crowd came to her rescue, encouraging her by singing along.
Normand tweeted after the event and told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix that she was nervous and her mind simply went blank as she lifted the microphone to sing.
I'm embarrassed and deeply sorry. I wish I'd had more time to learn the American anthem. Thanks so much for the crowd's help! #memorialcup
— Alexis Normand (@Alex6Normand) May 19, 2013
As news outlets in the U.S. and Canada reported the fumbled performance, dubbing it the "Star-Mangled Banner" and saying she "murdered" the national anthem, she followed up with a tweet about her sudden popularity.
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