Christina Aguilera Trips Onstage After Aretha Franklin Grammy Tribute

Near-fall comes a week after her much-talked-about struggle with the national anthem lyrics at the Super Bowl.

LOS ANGELES — Christina Aguilera can’t seem to catch a break, but at least she was able to catch herself.

Exactly one week after her much-talked-about struggle with the national anthem at the Super Bowl , the powerhouse pop singer slipped and nearly fell off the stage at the conclusion of the Grammy tribute to Aretha Franklin .

As the crowd leapt to a standing ovation and roared their approval of her unsurprisingly standout participation in the performance, Christina slipped and very nearly fell from the stage but caught her balance without smashing to the floor or causing any serious damage (save for some natural embarrassment).

Everything went smoothly for Aguilera at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles just before that, as she joined Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Florence Welch and Yolanda Adams for the show’s opening performance, which consisted of a medley of Aretha Franklin’s hits. Xtina kicked out the jams in typically bombastic fashion when she took center stage to tackle Aretha’s “Ain’t No Way.” The 68-year-old Queen of Soul has battled against much more serious troubles than her 30-year-old platinum-blond disciple, reportedly undergoing surgery for pancreatic cancer last year.

The ensemble had just wrapped up “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” when Aguilera lost her balance as they took a bow. Luckily, she was able to right herself by grabbing hold of a microphone stand.

Christina’s first performance since botching the words to the national anthem could have been viewed as a form of pop-culture redemption. But, thanks to this slipup, the Net is once again abuzz about her for all of the wrong reasons, with some even criticizing her take on Aretha’s classics, which was full of her signature melisma — the packing of multiple notes into a single syllable — much as her version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was.

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