Fergie became the center of criticism after she did a jazzy performance of the National Anthem on Sunday (February 18) at the NBA All-Star Game. Many people took to their Twitter accounts to express their disappointment over her performance. Since then, the singer has come out with a formal apology for her performance and for hurting sentiments.
"I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," she said in a statement. "I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly, this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."
While the singer was just trying to do something different by adding her version of jazzy beats to the National Anthem, not everyone was pleased to hear it. Even the people who were present at the Staples Center did not seem to appreciate what Fergie had in mind while performing.
Fans showed mixed emotions and even though there is no doubt that Fergie was on the pitch, her choice of tone and beat was not appreciated. An attendee of the event told People that, "Everyone was just trying to figure out what was going on. Like, was she about to break out into a different song? Then she started doing all those ranges and it just went downhill.”
Even though there were moments where Fergie might have struggled to get the pitch right, she did not lose her enthusiasm as after her performance ended.
She said, "Let’s play some basketball!" While the cameras in the venue panned to show different expressions of the fans and celebs to the singing, some players introduced their own sense of humor to it.
Famed basketball commentator Charles Barkley joked that he "needed a cigarette" after Fergie's performance, while former Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal leaped to Fergie's defense, saying: "Fergie, I love you. It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone."
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