It's not often that the national anthem is the most memorable part of a professional sports game, but that was the case with this year's NBA All-Star Game. Viewers have taken to social media to blast Fergie for her unorthodox rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," causing the singer to issue a formal apology.
"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."
Fergie's performance is already being grouped in with the worst national anthem renditions of all time. Even actress Roseanne Barr, herself widely criticized for her 1990 appearance at a San Diego Padres game, tweeted about the controversy and said, "I think mine was better lowkey."
But to Fergie's credit, at least she wasn't guilty of forgetting the lines, as was the case with Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XLV or Michael Bolton at a 2003 Boston Red Sox game. If anything, she seems to be keeping the time-honored tradition of bad celebrity national anthems alive and well.
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