Fergie’s National Anthem Fail

Fergie is responding to critics of her sultry, jazzy rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. The singer issued a statement to TMZ, saying her version at Sunday night’s game in Los Angeles “didn’t strike the intended tone.”

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the statement said. “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.”

Wearing an off-the-shoulder dress, Fergie sang the national anthem with a number of ad-libs and some lengthy notes. At one point, Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green could be seen stifling a laugh, and so could late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Our reaction, when watching the performance?

Listen, we love you long time, Fergie, but someone on your team needs to be fired for letting you get up there and embarrass yourself like that.

From the arrangement to the performance, it was just bad all-around. It came across more like Marilyn Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr. President, which is totally inappropriate for the national anthem. The tempo made the song take twice as long as normal and the vocals were just not in her wheelhouse. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the full video below and decide for yourself:


And just in case you need to cleanse your ears (and faith in music) after listening to that, like we did, here’s how it’s DONE:

Phew… that’s more like it!


So what did you think of Fergie-Ferg’s rendition? Inappropriate and painful or not as bad as everyone is making it out to be? Tell us in the comments below!


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