Ciara Talks National Anthem Performance / Reveals Technical Mishap

Published: Thursday 16th Jul 2015 by Sam

Ciara earned praise aplenty this week after taking on the US National Anthem at the MLB All-Star Game.

However, unbeknown to viewers, the ‘I Bet’ belter was hit with a technical malfunction just before her big moment.

Details below…

Speaking to Access Hollywood ahead of this evening’s premiere of new video ‘Dance Like We’re Making Love,’ the 29-year-old revealed:

“For me it was such a great challenge; it was something I wanted to do for a long time. It was like me facing my fear that I’ve had since I was really young… I feel like you can never be fully prepared for performances like that — because basically right before it’s time to go live on TV my [mic] pack goes out.

My background singer — thank God for her — she tossed me her pack, but her levels were completely different than mine. And I’m like, I’m prepared for this, what are the chances that this happens right now? But I was like, you know what, this is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so I was like, ‘Let’s just go for it.’

So she tossed me her pack, you could probably see me moving so fast to put my pack back there. So I got out there and I go, ‘Wow, there’s so much delay.’ So I’m like, ‘Find your inner voice. Ignore the delays. Find your calm.’ And it was honestly the most exciting thing to be a part of, that I was like… the show must go on.”

Check out the full interview here:

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  1. Lana Del Fan *HONEYMOON COMING SOON* July 16, 2015

    Mama, you been in the game over10 years. No excuses allowed

    • danyboo July 16, 2015


  2. Jamie July 16, 2015

    The only mishap was the singer. NEXT

  3. Keri Qween July 16, 2015

    That and the fact that she can’t sing don’t make a good combination

    • Lana Del Fan *HONEYMOON COMING SOON* July 16, 2015

      Can MissCarriedBaby?

      • Keri Qween July 16, 2015

        Yes better than Caesar and better than your drunken fave as well

      • Wolfpack Kingdom July 16, 2015

        Keri is actually a great singer, miles ahead of Ciara. She’s not a studio singer like Lana either.

    • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 16, 2015

      Keri is a what?? Seriously,foreal…. Come on

      • Credits July 16, 2015

        Listen to keri’s albums and her unreleased stuff from back in the day, she has a voice. she used to do backgrounds for other singers as well, which takes much skill.

  4. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 16, 2015

    @rihSLAVEY when are you going to stop being a dog ass bïtchass pusśy and address the lies. Why are going around claiming you’re me? I’ve painted the walls with your blood, and the only way you can rationalise this is if you pretend to be me (your master). ????????????????

  5. #TeamTinashe Stan July 16, 2015

    Does anybody have a grey stone for me to throw? This was a mess. It’s real sad that I was hoping she would do better this go around because I truly celebrate black artists in music but this era just showed that she’ll never get it right.

    • BeyRihLiyah July 16, 2015

      The way you talk s*** you act like tinashit is the ultimate artist when shes not

    • Mimi Carey July 16, 2015

      You act like you stan for Beyonce or Rihanna shut the hell up. Tinashe will always be Ciaras lessor.

    • coolness July 16, 2015

      Ciara didn’t really impress me but I’ve noticed your INCESSANT negativity towards her on this site. Why, is it because Tinashe is compared to her? Your girl is very talented but is nothing we haven’t seen before.

  6. BeyRihLiyah July 16, 2015

    Ci im starting to like you so stop while your ahead with the excuses your lack of vocals dont mesh well with the national anthem simple as that

  7. Wolfpack Kingdom July 16, 2015

    She should’ve never tried to sing it. Even skilled vocalist have trouble singing the US national anthem.

  8. Mimi Carey July 16, 2015

    Stop making excuses the vocals were a mess

  9. Quinton251 AKA Lil Wayne Stan July 16, 2015

    Yeah CiCi stick to dancing boo, singing isn’t really your strongest talent.

    • Cupid July 16, 2015

      It’s not like she hasn’t sang this before and done a great job. So I’ll believe her.

  10. Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 16, 2015

    Well at least she’s still performing. The *cough* sock business is occupied.

  11. Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 16, 2015

    Cici was more talented than some of your faves.Tinmanshe and kelvin hilson fans are not some to talk

    • Keri Qween July 16, 2015

      More talented in what ways? Keri is a better songwriter and singer than Caesar and Tinashe is a betteer singer and dancer. You stan for justin bieber sit your big ashy ass down

    • Ms Beykim wants Bieber,One Direction,Miley Cyrus,Gaga and Beyonce (I wanna marry Bieber) July 16, 2015

      Why the only retired person here is Keri so stfu I Stan Justin so what. Bey don’t have him in hidin

      • Truth July 16, 2015

        No one stans for Bieber except stupid little white girls, no older than 14 years old, who have the worse taste in the world. You should NEVER critique anything.

  12. Monica Stan July 16, 2015

    Girl bye you simply cannot sing

    • Queen Barb July 16, 2015

      And Monica can’t sell.

      • Stephy July 16, 2015

        At all!!

    • Cici Da Baddest July 16, 2015

      Monica’s vocals at the Mayweather fight though…….#GoatRealNess

    • Jessy Bean July 16, 2015

      Monica still trying be a medical assistant at Everest College?

  13. Queen Barb July 16, 2015

    Haters gonna hate. Ciara still is semi relevant unlike Tinashe and Monica.

  14. Stephy July 16, 2015

    Pretty Woman. She’s a dance artist, not a vocalist. So, this was very brave for her to do. I think She sounded decent.

    • Cici Da Baddest July 16, 2015

      Better than Janet could ever

      • Keri Qween July 16, 2015

        Stop trolling Melvin and worrying about Queen Janet when dance like were making love can’t chart in iTunes top 200

      • Stephy July 16, 2015

        They would sound about the same… Considering, Janet laid the foundation out for “whisper singers”. Both, Janet & Ci have very light voices.

      • Shady81 July 16, 2015

        You’ve tried it @Cici the baddest aleast Janet wouldn’t have no one to fool her ass and say sing the National Anthem baby you can do it you have a voice just as good as Whitney’s if not better. S*** Janet ain’t falling for that because that’s how smart she is, unlike someone she’s not trying to f*** up her legacy as if that certain person had a legacy to begin with unlike the legendary Janet’s that Ciara’s so busy trying to bit from. Russell better stop filling his girls head up before the little fans she has left restart the draw up on those petitions again.

  15. Xtina = The voice of this generation July 16, 2015

    I’m sorry but Tinashe stans shouldn’t even try coming for Ciara when she is yet to achieve what Ciara has achieved since 2003. Ciara SLAYED tinashe during the BET awards & yall need to accept it & move on.

  16. ~The Arcade~ July 16, 2015

    Okay ma’am… but I will say those backup singers were not needed! #facts

  17. KRow July 16, 2015


  18. coolness July 16, 2015

    I give Ciara credit for growing as a singer. Her range is wider and her voice is stronger than it was when she debuted in ’04. However, taking on the National Anthem is a task so weighty that see even stronger vocalists embarrass themselves on live TV. See R. Kelly, Christina Aguilera and most recently, Jamie Foxx. I noticed a shift around the time Ciara released her self-titled album in 2013 where she tries a little too hard to be seen as a vocalist. Ciara know what works for you. People don’t want to see try and serve vocals. Janet kept it real cute in her prime by sitting down to give you a quick medley of her famous ballads and then she’s right back up on her feet, dancing her behind OFF while lip-syncing DOWN! That being said, I hope the video for DLWML gives me memorable choreography.

    • BEYBEYKING July 17, 2015

      Lmaooo STOP! Lool

  19. Brandy Stan July 16, 2015


  20. What now July 16, 2015


  21. stop July 16, 2015

    Technical mishap was your horrid voice….bye

  22. sorryfortheessay July 17, 2015

    God so many of these artist who debuted post 2003 are straight trash vocally! Ciara can’t sing at all! At least Janet had a melodic tone,Ciara’s tone is robotic and childlike which is a terrible combination! The biggest conern, a Stan of an artist who’s album may be at 100K and was lucky to get her dry forgettable ONLY hit is always shading more known and talented artist.Tennisshoe is just starting out and her buzz has already died down. Until she gets an album with a certification,has a couple of singles go Top 10,has a grammy, and been in the industry for a decade,maybe tennisshoe fans shouldn’t be so cocky! Especially when it comes to the talent department, she’s beyond basic. Anyway do better Ciara, and by do better,I mean; no more national anthem attempts!

  23. Ju don’t even know July 17, 2015

    DEATH at this flop making up these stupid excuses as to why she can’t sing the national anthem kii. It’s called not having any vocal talent. That national anthem ATTEMPT was terrible and cringeworthy.NO EXCUSES! Kiiii

  24. Ju don’t even know July 17, 2015 DEATH AT MY FAVE DEYSROYING THIS AT 15 AND YOURS STRUGGLING AT 30 sum…gurrl ????????kiiiiiii

  25. BEYBEYKING July 17, 2015

    Has cierror ever been a vocalist tho? Or an album seller…let me stop being messy but Lmao never expect much from cierror.

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