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- Fergie gave a sultry performance of the national anthem ahead of the NBA All-Star Game in one of the most bizarre renditions of the song you’ll ever hear.
- Fans eager for the game to begin after a drawn-out pre-game ceremony were quick to roast Fergie on Twitter for the performance.
- Fergie’s performance will not be remembered fondly among other great anthems that the NBA All-Star Game has produced.
Before the NBA All-Star Game tipped off on Sunday night, pop star Fergie was charged with singing the national anthem.
The performance from the Black Eyed Peas vocalist was… certainly a choice – with plenty of vocal ruffles and rolls that were met with some questioning eyes from the players on the court, rumblings and hisses from the crowd, and plenty of jokes on Twitter.
You can watch her performance below and judge for yourself.
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) February 19, 2018
In fairness, Fergie had the disadvantage of following an extended pre-game ceremony – not to mention the Barenaked Ladies’ rendition of “O Canada.” The broadcast was already a half hour in, and by that point fans were eager for the game to get started.
That said, there’s no denying that Fergie’s performance was unexpected to say the least, and Twitter was quick to get its jokes off.
fergie so woke her voice knelt during the anthem
— Rembert Browne (@rembert) February 19, 2018
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
I’ve seen the national anthem performed hundreds of times but never in the key of “Happy Birthday Mr. President” congrats @Fergie ????????????????????????
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 19, 2018
[All-Star Game planning committee meeting]
“… so after Kevin Hart does his tight 20-27 minutes we’ll have Fergie — you remember Fergie, right? — come out and do the anthem. But like, a sexy anthem.”
“First of all, Frank… I love it.”
— Brian Grubb (@briancgrubb) February 19, 2018
Not sure what Fergie was going for on that national anthem performance but if it was “my friends drunk mom acting sexy” she nailed it.
— Johnny Taylor, Jr. (@hipsterocracy) February 19, 2018
Draymond started cracking up while Fergie was singing the national anthem pic.twitter.com/3pMlgjGdYC
— Brandon LII Gowton (@BrandonGowton) February 19, 2018
The NBA All-Star Game has produced some of the greatest national anthem performances in history, most notably Marvin Gaye’s rendition ahead of the 1983 ASG.
It’s safe to say that this version will not end up as fondly remembered.