Controversy erupts over this country singer’s rendition of national anthem YouTube/Stephen Caesar
Youtube/Stephen Caesar

Whether it’s the Super Bowl or just a high school game on a Friday night, chances are someone will have something to say about the singing of the national anthem. So when rising country music star Brett Young stepped onto the ice in front of 20,000 people at the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 28, he probably knew he would facing his share of critics, no matter what.

But even Brett probably didn’t expect this.

In an article published on “USA Today’s” the “For the Win” website titled, “Twitter roasted NHL All-Star national anthem singer after his terrible performance,” a handful of Twitter comments were showcased ripping poor Brett apart for his expressive performance. The article claimed Brett “slowed down the national anthem an added several super weird pauses,” making it difficult for the hockey fans in attendance to sing along.

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Yet, as country music fans often do, many were quick to stand up for Brett and his heartfelt performance. “I don’t know what ya’ll were hearing,” one fan noted on Twitter, “but I thought @BrettYoungMusic did a great job. Keep it up, always a fan.”

“Just watched your national anthem [and I] have to say it totally rocked,” another fan chimed in, adding the hashtag #Excellence and #Amazing.

“Compliments to @BrettYoungMusic,” another fan wrote. “Your rendition [of] the national anthem was heartfelt and I enjoyed it. The supposed ‘patriots’ who though two minutes of patriotism is too long are hypocrites.”


And while Brett stayed quiet on his socials following his performance, he seemed thrilled before the performance to have a chance to pay tribute to our country via the singing of the anthem. “It’s such an honor to be involved in the NHL All-Star weekend,” Brett said in a press release. “I love performing at sporting events because there just such a unique energy — really excited for this one!”

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Indeed, Brett has much to be excited as 2018 gets into gear. His 2017 self-titled album release is still flying high thanks to hits such as “Sleep Without You,” “In Case You Didn’t Know” and his latest single, “Like I Loved You,” which soared to the top of the charts, holding the No. 1 spot for three weeks.

“This was such awesome news to start the new year,” Brett said in a press release. “I’m genuinely blown away and so thankful to my fans and country radio for their continued support of my music.”


Brett will also soon head out on the road with fellow country star Thomas Rhett on the “Life Changes” tour, which follows Brett’s recent headlining “Caliville Tour,” which sold out every stop, including one in Music City.

“Getting to play a sold-out show on my first ever headlining tour here in Nashville was really special for me,” Brett said in a press release. “It was awesome to have so many friends there.”

So Brett, it’s official — you have nothing to worry about.

Country music loves you more now than ever.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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