Fergie took a stab at the national anthem during the NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center on Sunday night, and it didn’t go so well.
Her attempt to add a jazz twist to the “Star-Spangled Banner” ― already a notoriously difficult song to sing ― prompted some pretty strong feelings.
During the game’s halftime report, Shaquille O’Neal defended it.
“Fergie, I love you, it was different, it was sexy,” he said.
“Damn right it was different,” Charles Barkley said. “I needed a cigarette after that.”
“Leave it alone,” Shaq replied.
Response on Twitter was less flattering:
Draymond is all of us ????? pic.twitter.com/ClWCmY4tfh
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 19, 2018
#Fergie didn't sing the National Anthem that America needed, she sang the anthem that America deserved. ?
— Odd Outlaw? (@oddoutlaw) February 19, 2018
Literally dying at these reactions. Fergie with the worst rendition ever. Embiid ??? pic.twitter.com/ociAsWf0LC
— Isaac Harris (@IsaacLHarris) 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