Fergie Defends NBA All-Star Game National Anthem: ‘I’m a Risk Taker’

Fergie’s performance of the National Anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star game on Sunday didn’t go as intended. 

In a statement to ET on Monday, the “Fergalicious” singer acknowledged the criticism surrounding her jazzy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” explaining of which she tried her best to bring something “special” to the event. 

“I’ve always been honored as well as proud to perform the National Anthem as well as last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” Fergie said. “I’m a risk taker artistically, nevertheless clearly This particular rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.”

“I love This particular country as well as honestly tried my best,” she added. 

the idea didn’t take long for fans to speak out against Fergie’s performance, with many sharing their reactions — as well as those of the players as well as celebs at the game — to social media. 

“Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey,” tweeted Roseanne Barr, who gave a controversial performance of the song at a baseball game in 1990. 

“Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem was originally written by Francis Scott Out of Key,” Bob Saget added. 

Others, meanwhile, defended Fergie, with Shaquille O’Neal telling fans to “leave my Fergie alone” on TNT’s halftime report. “Fergie, I love you. the idea was different. the idea was sexy,” he said. 

See more via the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend from the video below. 

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