Country fans know that Luke Bryan is a total pro when it comes to performing in front of thousands of fans. But when he performed the National Anthem during baseball’s All Star Game Tuesday night in Kansas City, there was speculation he may have used a ‘cheat sheet’ to help him navigate the lyrics.

And turns out those speculators were correct. On his Twitter account this morning, Luke admitted he did have “a few key words written down.” And he seemed genuinely apologetic about it.

Here’s his explanation:

So yes, he did have some words written down. No crime in that, right? He simply wanted to ensure he didn’t “mess up” an important song, and moment.

Some fans speculated that he wasn’t looking at a cheat sheet but was checking his watch, so that the military flyover would time correctly with the lyrics. Apparently, that was part of his plan.

And the bottom line? He said the experience was “amazing.”

Fellow country singer Jerrod Niemann was one of several artists who quickly chimed in to show support:

James Otto had a smart perspective as well, writing that “anyone who’s got a problem with it’s never had to sing the anthem in front of thousands while the thought of screwing up lands you on YouTube to be lambasted for all time. If he wrote it down he was smart.”

And we’ll bet that Martina McBride would probably have his back here as well. Having sung the National Anthem many times herself, she’s also admitted to having the lyrics within easy eyesight…just in case.

If you missed his performance, you can still watch it here. Nice job, Luke!

– Kurt Wolff, CBS Local

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