Fergie on much-ridiculed NBA All-Star anthem rendition: 'I tried my best'

Fergie on much-ridiculed NBA All-Star anthem rendition: 'I tried my best'

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  • Singer ripped after sultry performance of Star-Spangled Banner
  • Rendition compared to Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn Monroe

The NBA has been trying in vain for a number of year’s to ramp up interest in the All-Star game, it’s annual exhibition of the league’s best players. But rather than a LeBron James dunk or Steph Curry three-pointer, the answer appears to have been found with the Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie, who strangled the national anthem half to death in the pre-game ceremonies.

While most guest singers attempt to turn the Star-Spangled Banner into a rousing anthem Fergie decided to give the song a sultry edge with interesting results. Several of the players, most notably the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, appeared to be holding back laughter.

Jemele Hill
(@jemelehill)

Draymond is all of us 😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/ClWCmY4tfh


February 19, 2018

Darren Rovell
(@darrenrovell)

Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT


February 19, 2018

Indeed, the hilarity went on for a while. When the game’s US broadcaster, TNT, cut to its halftime show the panel were still chuckling. Charles Barkley commented: “I need a cigarette after that” after his fellow NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal described the performance as “sexy” and “different”.

Dime on UPROXX
(@DimeUPROXX)

Barkley: Can we talk about Fergie’s National Anthem… 😂 pic.twitter.com/RwZMYpLzsr


February 19, 2018

Roseanne Barr, who was panned for her own rendition of the anthem at a San Diego Padres game in the 90s gave her own opinion. “Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey,” wrote the comedian on Twitter. Indeed some on Twitter thought Fergie’s inspiration for her rendition were Jessica Rabbit and Marilyn Monroe.

Molly Knight
(@molly_knight)

I’ve seen the national anthem performed hundreds of times but never in the key of “Happy Birthday Mr. President” congrats @Fergie 🇺🇸💥🇺🇸💥


February 19, 2018

On Monday, Fergie acknowledged the anthem wasn’t her finest work. “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,” she told TMZ.

As for the game itself, Team LeBron beat Team Stephen 148-145. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was happy with the new format, in which two players draft their own roster.



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