O Canada? Singer flubs anthem at Raptors-Nets game
Fans, players confused by 'we sing our hearts for thee'
O No, Canada.
A Broadway performer botched the Canadian national anthem before the Toronto Raptors' game in Brooklyn on Sunday, singing lyrics that aren't in "O Canada."
Amber Iman, who has been cast in the national tour of "Hamilton" that will soon open, sang, "O Canada, we sing our hearts for thee." The line that ends the song is "O Canada, we stand on guard for thee."
National Anthem singer at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TORvsBKN?src=hash">#TORvsBKN</a> screwed up the entire Canadian National Anthem. Whole <a href="https://twitter.com/Raptors">@Raptors</a> team laughed. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/America?src=hash">#America</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BrooklynGrit?src=hash">#BrooklynGrit</a> <a href="https://t.co/AM8hY5DJn4">pic.twitter.com/AM8hY5DJn4</a>—@JayTasShow
Raptors players and coaches looked around in confusion as they stood in line.
I've never heard oh canada butchered that bad. She actually made up her own anthem. Ok. <a href="https://twitter.com/Raptors">@Raptors</a> you better get a W to redeem us for that L—@ChadMichaelR
If righting a losing streak wasn't enough motivation for Raptors, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nets?src=hash">#Nets</a> national anthem singer butchered "Oh, Canada."—@SteveLichtenst1
<a href="https://twitter.com/SmithRaps">@SmithRaps</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BrooklynNets">@BrooklynNets</a> if it were the other way around and the Raptors singer blew the US anthem there would b outrage. Apologize now Nets—@8soup
"I'm going to leave that alone. But yeah, that anthem was a lot different than I've heard over the last five years. A lot different," Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry said. "Her voice was beautiful, but the anthem, the song, the words ... have her come to Toronto, we'll come and get somebody to give her some lessons."
The Raptors responded by poking fun at the Nets on Twitter , writing "For future reference" and posting the correct lyrics to the song.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/BrooklynNets">@BrooklynNets</a> For future reference... <a href="https://t.co/EJt64jTYZt">pic.twitter.com/EJt64jTYZt</a>—@Raptors
The Nets apologized to the singer for the prompter failing according to a spokeswoman at the Barclays Center. Iman also responded to criticisms of her rendition on social media.
<a href="https://twitter.com/MavMeyer1">@MavMeyer1</a> I learned the melody while n 8 hr Hamilton rehearsals. The prompter failed, I did my best, while u watched from your couch. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bye?src=hash">#Bye</a>—@amberskyez
With files from CBC News