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Did Luke Bryan or didn’t he? He did.
Astute viewers of Tuesday night’s (July 10) Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo., noticed Luke glancing down at his hand when he sang the national anthem, leading many to believe Luke had the lyrics written there.
Luke took to Twitter to fess up. “I had a few keys words written down to insure myself that I wouldn't mess up,” he wrote. “I just wanted to do my best. I promise it was from the heart.
"If I offended anyone with my approach I sincerely apologize," he later added. "Anytime I sing the anthem it is an honor and my heart beats out of my chest."
That didn't stop folks on Twitter from bashing Luke, however. “Luke Bryan sings the national anthem the way I used to take geometry tests,” one person wrote following Luke's performance. "Luke Bryan apparently needed to go all 8th grade crib sheet to sing them anthem!" another wrote.
Fellow country star John Rich took up for Luke. "Luke Bryan actually knows the words to the National Anthem!" he tweeted. "Country singers actually know it! All real Americans do!"
Meanwhile, Luke's hometown of Leesburg, Ga., was well-represented at the game. American Idol champ Phillip Phillips, who is also from Leesburg, performed prior to the game and National League starting catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants is a native as well.