Fergie's 'sexed up' Star-Spangled Banner at NBA All-Star game draws ridicule
Singing the Star-Spangled Banner at a big event is considered to be an honor and there's no doubt Fergie felt up to the task at this year's NBA All-Star game. Unfortunately for the singer, her rendition was not received too well.
Singer, songwriter, actress, and Black Eyed Peas member Fergie has had a distinguished career, laying claim to a total of a whopping 68 awards over the years.
One of the greatest singers of the generation, there is little need for her to prove herself, but it is likely she did her stellar reputation a little more harm than good at last night's NBA All-Star game between Team Stephen and Team Lebron.
Tasked with delivering 'The Star-Spangled Banner' in front of a 17,801-strong audience and millions more watching from home, Fergie gave what many would perceive as a "sexed-up" rendition of the country's national anthem, much to the viewers' chagrin and amusement.
While Pink received plaudits for her performance of the anthem at this year's Superbowl, it was clear from the onset that Fergie's version would not go down too well.
The Big Girls Don't Cry hitmaker sang breathily into the mic and hit quite a few bum notes in the process, with the pan of the camera showing several prominent audience members struggling to keep their composure.
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green was caught laughing on camera, with the shot becoming an instant meme on social media, with former NBA star and TNT analyst Charles Barkley joking that he "needed a cigarette" after Fergie's song. Chance the Rapper was caught giggling as well, with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel breaking out into a wide grin after struggling to keep a straight face.
Many labeled Fergie's performance as the "worst ever rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner," with several taking to social media to express their distaste immediately after the singer's 2.5-minute version of the national anthem ended.
She attempted to salvage it with a loud "Let's play some basketball" after she was done, evoking massive cheers from the crowd but it was too late. The internet had smelled the blood in the water and pounced upon their chance.
Here are some of the best reactions to her performance from Twitter:
Everyone who saw Fergie sing the National Anthem please look directly into your phone.— girl posts (@girlposts) 19 February 2018
You're welcome pic.twitter.com/WljjSDVezZ
Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem was originally written by Francis Scott Out of Key.— bob saget (@bobsaget) 19 February 2018
"the fergie national anthem probably wasn't that bad, twitter just tends to exaggerate, when in realit-...."— Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad) 19 February 2018
(watches video) pic.twitter.com/6hTElag844
Thanks Fergie- now I know what the National Anthem would sound like if Carol from accounting sang it after five mango daiquiris.— Chris Franjola (@ChrisFranjola) 19 February 2018
(NSFL) Watch at your own peril: The video of Fergie's rendition of the national anthem:
At least Fergie can take solace from the fact that Shaquille O' Neal liked her performance. He said: "Fergie, I love you. It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone."
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