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'At the twilight’s last streaming': Grammy-nominated singer flubs national anthem at World Series opener

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The 2022 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros got off to an inauspicious start for the home team when the Grammy-nominated singer who had been designated to perform the pre-game national anthem figuratively dropped the ball.

On Friday night, Eric Burton, a 33-year-old Texas native and the founding member of The Black Pumas, took the field at Minute Maid Park to regale the players, the Houston crowd, and the national audience with a rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Despite obvious vocal talent, Burton, who was last seen on the national stage at President Joe Biden's inauguration, made several noticeable errors that left some on social media scratching their heads.

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