The Internet lit up Tuesday night with criticism for country singer Joe Nichols’ rendition of “God Bless America” during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.
“To Joe’s credit, he kind of looked like he was in the weeds, like he knew that he was in a speeding train that was actively derailing off its tracks,” Hollywood Life commented. “His performance was totally passionless
, and the only applause that he received was when photos of the troops flashed on the Jumbotron.”
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Twitter wasn't much more kind.
But he did have some supporters who liked his rendition of "God Bless America."
“Joe is country and if I am hearing right he is doing it unaccompanied by any music. I personally loved it,” Vera Turner commented on YouTube. “No auto tune, just vocals. I guess it is just easier for some to criticize others...does it make you feel big trying to make others feel small? He still fills seats and sells I music, can you?”
Nichols also had his share of supporters on Twitter as well.
Nichols posted a Twitter picture with his wife, Heather, right before singing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
On MLB’s website, Nichols was praised for his love of America’s favorite pastime.
“Joe Nichols is one of country music’s most successful young vocalists
, and avid baseball fans,” it says, adding that Nichols favors the St. Louis Cardinals. “If he weren’t in the music business, he’d be playing ball.”
Nichols, 37, was nominated for two Grammys in 2003 for Best Country Album and Best Male Country Vocal Performance. He won the Academy of Country Music Award’s Top New Male Vocalist in 2003. He also received two American Country Awards nominations in 2010 for the song “Gimme That Girl.”
"Frozen" star Idina Menzel sang the national anthem before the All-Star game.
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