On Sunday, Fergie sang the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game and her rendition was…interesting.
The former Black Eyed Peas songstress opened up Sunday night?s NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles with a jazzy rendition of ?The Star Spangled Banner? that had everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Chance the Rapper fighting to keep their bewilderment at bay. Clad in a fitted, lacy black dress and strappy heels, the 42-year-old singer dished out a breathy rendition that left some audience members laughing outright while others saved their confusion for social media.
The backlash was intense, but now Fergie herself is speaking out, telling TMZ: ?I?ve always been honored 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. I love this country and honestly tried my best.?
A source told US Magazine shortly after the fiasco that ?neither Fergie nor her team thought anything was wrong with her national anthem rendition,” adding, “That?s the way she sings a lot of her songs. She loves adding a little sexiness and being different with her riffs. It was meant to be jazz-inspired. She wanted to stand out.?
Roseanne Barr wasn?t a big fan of Fergie?s rendition either.
The outspoken actress, who is often remembered for famously shouting the ?Star Spangled Banner? at a 1990 baseball game, shared her review of the Black Eyed Peas singer?s performance with a scathing tweet during the game on Sunday.
?Who saw Fergie?s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey,? she wrote.
Fans will remember that Barr actually ended her performance with an every-so-ladylike crotch grab. Classy.