LOS ANGELES- Artist Fergie has issued an apology after her national anthem performance during the NBA all star event was slammed by critics.
The band member of Black Eyed peas performed the Star-Spangled Banner at Los Angeles’ Staples Center over the weekend ahead of the annual exhibition basketball match and her performance was criticized by celebrities alike and viewers.
The star issued an formal statement where she apologies for the slow down version and said she “tried her best” to try something different to the national performance as it has proved to be divisive.
In the statement, ” “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. I love this country and honestly tried my best.”
Judge for yourself, here is her rendition of the American anthem;
The statement comes after people labelled the performance the “worst ever” as celebrities and the public expressed on social media their confusion of the pre- match display.
Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) February 19, 2018
I’ve probably heard the national anthem 1.76 million times.
That was the first time I found myself wondering how it was gonna end. #NBAAllStar
— Drea Blackwell (@KSBWDrea) February 19, 2018
— NBA Be Like (@NBABeLike) February 19, 2018
It’s possible this is the worst rendition of the national anthem ever. Like, all-time. Has to be a joke, right? #NBAAllStar
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) February 19, 2018
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