Fergie’s performance of the National Anthem is the gift that keeps on giving.

Fergie’s performance of the National Anthem is the gift that keeps on giving.

The singer acknowledged she took a risk that didn’t pay off when she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the singer said in a statement to TMZ. “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.”

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The moment became an iconic, viral sensation instantaneously, and newly-leaked rehearsal footage prepping for the performance reveals something interesting: she planned on doing it that way from the get-go.



Someone during her soundcheck filmed it, and it’s reminiscent of the final performance.

Like I mentioned before, I liked it. Props to her for making something unique and worth talking about. I’m being polite.


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3 Responses

  1. I mean, there were definitely a few moments that could have been better, but overall I didn’t find it as horrifying as most. Why must the anthem always be sung in the exact same genre? I’m a little confused as to why people are so offended. It wasn’t my favorite rendition, but I’m glad to see some creativity.

  2. This reminds me of the Troye Sivan at SNL “incident”….. None of those performances were as awful as people made them out to be. People simply didn’t like or understand the artists, and that’s OK I guess.
    And about national anthems in general, for some reason that always seems to be a touchy subject. I’m from Argentina and we have many incredible musicians who have made their own renditions of it in different music genres and the public opinion in general have never been favorable… It’s their loss.

    1. Your full time job is to be a singer then please be a good singer. This was terrible not just – not so bad.
      Ive said it for years, Fergie can not sing, she can yell but she does not have a nice tone to her voice. I understand trying to do something different and I really like her response, it seems honest. That does not change the fact this performance is really bad. In truth, its what Fergie really sound like without Auto-Tune or studio editing.

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