The 30-year-old singer performed the national anthem at the start of the College Football Playoff national championship between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide in Glendale, Arizona on Monday, and while some — including Russell — appreciated the performance, others were a bit more critical.
Her loving, 27-year-old boyfriend was quick to show his support, tweeting that Ciara "sounded amazing & looked flawless in every way!"
However others were not as impressed. Taking the singer to task for everything from her vocal stylings to her long, cleavage-baring white gown with its flowing cape, some commenters on Twitter weren't exactly into the "I Bet" singer's performance.
Some said her sparking gown made it look like she was "heading to prom" after her big number, while others drew comparisons to Game of Thrones, calling the dress Ciara's "Khaleesi costume."
Ciara is heading to prom after singing the national anthem, apparently.— Tim Shoemaker (@TimShoemaker) January 12, 2016
So cool of Ciara to wear her Khaleesi costume for the national anthem.— Jason Faz (@fazj83) January 12, 2016
I literally love Ciara more than life but omg that national anthem sounded like Disney on Ice. why????— alॐ (@redigulous) January 12, 2016
Now why TF did #Ciara just lip sync the national anthem in Solange's Wedding dress at these people football game? 😩😩😭😭— totallytoken (@TokenSays) January 12, 2016
Ciara doesn't have the voice for the national anthem 😨— King Tut (@trayn1gga) January 12, 2016
Watching Ciara's national anthem like pic.twitter.com/eKi84PPXbQ— Jules Winnfield (@KingAustinW) January 12, 2016
Many others took up the torch for the singer, praising her voice, her "beautiful" outfit and her "classy" delivery of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Ciara looked beautiful singing the National Anthem.— Nola Collingwood (@JeepInChains) January 12, 2016
YASSSS @ciara you did THAT, actually loved your rendition of the anthem! Classy and great delivery!— SD (@SDsofamous) January 12, 2016
Ciara got a lot more love for her rendition of the national anthem when she performed at the MLB All-Star Game back in July, where she rocked a much sportier ensemble and managed to avoid all the pitfalls the iconic song can present for singers.