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British Musician Sam Ryder Slays With Wild Version Of 'God Save The Queen'

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Musician Sam Ryder performs the British national anthem on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain on July 3 in Northampton, England. (Photo: Dan Mullan - Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Musician Sam Ryder performs the British national anthem on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain on July 3 in Northampton, England. (Photo: Dan Mullan - Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Musician Sam Ryder performs the British national anthem on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain on July 3 in Northampton, England.  (Photo: Dan Mullan - Formula 1 via Getty Images)

British musician Sam Ryder, who rose to fame singing on TikTok during the pandemic, absolutely killed with his rendition of Britain’s national anthem “God Save the Queen” on Sunday.

Ryder presented an extremely spirited version of the anthem (the same tune as “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” thanks to a cheeky twist by Americans) at the British Grand Prix in Northampton, England.

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In May, Ryder won the runner-up spot with his song “Space Man” in the annual Eurovision song contest in which member countries of the European Broadcasting Union each submit a song to be performed on live television.

But some viewers were split over whether Ryder slayed with his innovative version of the national anthem — or obliterated it. Online publication Metro.co.uk gushed that he “wowed fans with iconic ‘God Save The Queen,’” adding: “What a legend.”

But Rupert Murdoch’s salty Sun grumped that fans were “not impressed.”

Here’s a range of the rest:

Sam Ryder and actor Damien Lewis pose for a photo outside the Red Bull Racing garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone July 3 in Northampton, England. (Photo: Mark Thompson via Getty Images)
Sam Ryder and actor Damien Lewis pose for a photo outside the Red Bull Racing garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone July 3 in Northampton, England. (Photo: Mark Thompson via Getty Images)

Sam Ryder and actor Damien Lewis pose for a photo outside the Red Bull Racing garage prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone July 3 in Northampton, England. (Photo: Mark Thompson via Getty Images)

CORRECTION: A prior version of this story misidentified the tune of “God Save the Queen” as that of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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