Fergie apologises for NBA national anthem performance

It’s fair to say Fergie’s jazzy, slowed-down version of the Star-Spangled Banner at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game wasn’t a hit with everyone . And now the US singer has...

It’s fair to say Fergie’s jazzy, slowed-down version of the Star-Spangled Banner at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game wasn’t a hit with everyone .

And now the US singer has apologised for her performance.

The singer told TMZ: “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA.

“I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.”

She added: “I love this country and honestly tried my best.”
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Social media went into meltdown as people reacted to the former Black-Eyed Peas singer’s unusual version.

ESPN journalist Jemele Hill tweeted a clip from TNT’s coverage of the event in Los Angeles, pointing out even NBA player Draymond Green could not keep a straight face.

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

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 19, 2018ckquote>

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Memes were soon circulating, comparisons to previous singers were abound and #Fergie was trending on Twitter.

Some thought she was copying the breathy style used by Marilyn Monroe when she famously sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy.

“Did #Fergie just try to Marilyn Monroe the Star Spangled Banner?”
— @Tim (@sacrificepage)

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Another joked it would take some time to recover.

“Fergie’s national anthem finished 30 minutes ago and I still haven’t recovered. A part of me will never be the same.”
— @Isaac (@WorldofIsaac)

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It’s not the first time Fergie has sung the US national anthem in public.

She performed the Star-Spangled Banner in front of the Obamas in 2009 at the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll.

Suffice to say, it was a much more traditional rendition and attracted far less attention.

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