Fergie has definitely moved herself to the top of the never to sing the National Anthem ever again list really quickly. Her rendition of the anthem has been the talk of social media all night. Fergie’s public relations team or a lack thereof should have been honest with her because this was an EPIC FAIL!! Even Rosanne Barr who attempted to sing the anthem tweeted she did a better job. Well that remains to be a debate but we surely get it!!
Read more as reported by CBS News:
Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering. The Black Eyed Peas singer’s slow, bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night wasn’t particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA’s annual showcase.
A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after Fergie finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on “the dawn’s early light.”
Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 ½-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event or a patriotic song.
As CBS Los Angeles reported, many on social media called Fergie’s version the “worst rendition ever.” Some said she butchered the song; others just hated it …a lot.
Roseanne Barr, who sang the song at a 1990 Padres/Reds game and grabbed her crotch and spit causing a national uproar, said even her rendition was better than Fergie’s.
Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018
Golden State All-Star Draymond Green captured the mood – and became an instant GIF – when he was shown open-mouthed on the scoreboard and the television broadcast in apparent confusion over the unique vocal stylings. Green then chuckled to himself after realizing he was on TV.
Even Draymond was laughing pic.twitter.com/R8itTpUAD8
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) February 19, 2018
After a forceful finish, Fergie finally got big cheers when she shouted, “Let’s play some basketball!”
The Grammy Award-winning singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, is from nearby Hacienda Heights, California.
Famed basketball commentator Charles Barkley joked that he “needed a cigarette” after Fergie’s performance during the TNT halftime show.
Former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal leaped to Fergie’s defense, saying: “Fergie, I love you. It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone.”
Others on social media weren’t as kind, with criticism of the performance outpacing the positive reviews.
The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of arguably the most famous national anthem in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago.
Marvin Gaye’s touching rhythm-and-blues version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1983 game was initially criticized, but has since gained widespread acceptance as a groundbreaking musical performance.
Instead, Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.
Source: CBS News