Fergie Apologizes For Butchering The National Anthem At All-Star Game
The self-proclaimed "risk taker" says she tried her best.
By now, you must have heard about Fergie's ill-received take on the national anthem during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. The "M.I.L.F. $" musician performed a jazz-inspired spin on "The Star-Spangled Banner," which was met with confusion, negativity, and a helluva lotta laughs from every corner of the Internet.
"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. “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.”
Basketball players such as LeBron James, Draymond Green and Steph Curry were caught by cameras chuckling during the 42-year-old's performance. Elsewhere, Chris Rock, Jimmy Kimmel and Chance The Rapper's unfavorable reactions were also seen on film.
“Players and celebs seemed surprised by her rendition of the anthem,” a game attendee told PEOPLE. “After the performance she didn’t seem fazed.”
The game also featured a halftime performance by N.E.R.D., who performed a medley of hits including "Lemon" and "1000." Atlanta-based trio Migos made an appearance during the performance to rap along to their Pharrell-produced hit "Stir Fry."
Check out some reactions from players and celebrities during Fergie's performance. If you haven't seen her rendition by now, watch that below as well.
Look at their reactions 😂 pic.twitter.com/GAM37U6Kq9
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