Fergie finally came out to address the backlash following her rendition of the National Anthem during the NBA All-Star game last night. The Black Eyed Peas alum admitted she wanted to have a go at perhaps singing a different interpretation of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
However, as Celebrity Insider readers know, the response was less than favorable. In fact, it was terrible. In a video which we have for you below, Fergie can be seen and heard singing a jazzy or bluesy version of the National Anthem.
What people didn’t like about it wasn’t a lack of capacity for good singing, but rather the change of genre and style in which entertainers typically perform the song.
Either way, the 42-year-old singer released a statement today saying she had “tried her best.” The singer stated she wanted to try “something special” for the NBA.
She went on to say that she’s a “risk-taker artistically,” but clearly, this rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t go over well. The 8-time Grammy Award-winner said, “it didn’t strike the intended tone.”
Celebrity Insider reported yesterday that Fergie took center stage during the All-Star Game’s opening and the reaction was swift and negative.
Stars such as Jimmy Kimmel, Chance The Rapper, Stephen Curry, and more could all be seen looking bewildered by her performance. Curry, especially, appeared to be trying hard not to laugh.
Additionally, Roseanne Barr – who performed the legendary song in 1990 – said Fergie’s version was worse than hers. As it was previously reported, Barr performed the track to the chagrin of politicians and the public alike.
Even George W.H Bush, who was the president at the time, said it was “disgraceful.” People marked it as one of the worst renditions ever. Barr took to Twitter today to state, “I think mine was better, low-key.”