Fergie has apologized after people took to social media in droves to declare that her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday's NBA All-Star Game was the worst rendition of all time.
"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." She added, "I love this country and honestly tried my best."
Fergie's rendition of the anthem was very slow and jazzy. During her performance, celebrities like Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel and Tyler Perry were spotted looking thoroughly confused.
Meanwhile, NBA commentator Charles Barkley was so baffled that he asked his fellow panelists if they could talk about what they’d just seen.
“Oh, stop, don’t do that. Leave my Fergie alone,” Shaquille O’Neal responded. “Fergie, I love you. It was different, it was sexy.” Undeterred, Barkley declared, "Damn right it was different."
Here’s the thing. While Fergie’s anthem rendition fell flat, I give her enormous credit for owning it & saying she tried her best. No excuses or lashing out at the millions of critics who couldn’t sing 1 word of that song in key. Give her a freaking break. She won me over today.— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) February 20, 2018
I finally listened to @Fergie ‘s national anthem after seeing all the headlines about it yesterday...yes, not Whitney Houston but I don’t think it was THAT bad..and certainly not as bad as the headlines...bottom line still better than I could do— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) February 20, 2018
@cthagod just said Fergie’s voice and brain took a knee during that anthem. Lmfao I’m dead bruh 😂☠️— travy.™ (@AudioTay) February 20, 2018
Tried one bite of Fergie anthem, too spicy for meee!— Cole Escola (@ColeEscola) February 19, 2018
Fergie anthem was so bad Kapernick stood up and said alright we gotta draw the line somewhere.— JAKE RYAN (@1JAKERYAN) February 20, 2018