Los Angeles, CA – Fergie has been mercilessly mocked for her rendition the national anthem at 2018 NBA All-Star Game. In light the widespread criticism, the former Black Eyed Peas member issued an apology for her performance.
“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.”
Listen to Fergie’s version national anthem and check out some the reactions to it below.
(The original version this article was published on February 19, 2018 at 8:19 a.m. PST and can found below.)
Past national anthem performances from the likes Whitney Houston and Jennifer Hudson have been known to bring people to tears, but a recent performance the song by Fergie brought the masses to tears in a whole ‘nother way.
After performing a slowed-down and sultry version the anthem prior to Sunday (February 18) night’s NBA All-Star Game, Fergie was met with slander from those near and far.
As the singer sketchily belted out the song, some audience members at Los Angeles’ Staples Center struggled to keep a straight face.
Chicago star Chance The Rapper appeared amused at the vocal wreck unfolding before him. On the contrary, Steph Curry and the rest the athletes on the court stared on in apparent shock.
Over on social media, the internet collectively lost its mind as Fergie endured her own perilous fight.
Fergie, who has remained quiet following the debacle, did receive support from fellow singer Mariah Carey.
“Darling, nobody needs to listen to that,” Mariah Carey said when asked by TMZ about the criticism Fergie received.