Fergie’s Rendition of the National Anthem Finally Gets an Explanation

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Poor Fergie — the world just wasn’t ready for the National Anthem to be changed. After the singer’s very interesting rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” she received a TON of backlash and criticism following her performance and now she’s finally speaking out about it.

It has been said time and time again by some of the most incredible and notable singers that the United States’ National Anthem is not an easy song to perform. However, after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” a couple of times over the years — once for President Obama during the 2009 Easter Egg Roll and another at an NFL game — Fergie decided to change up the usual, classic rendition for a different one at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game and, needless to say, it fell flat.

In fact, there were quite a few celebrities and basketball players in the crowd who could NOT keep a straight face during the 42-year-old’s performance. In the middle of the song, the camera panned over to Draymond Green, you can hear the crowd cheering after Fergie’s riff. But, they were also laughing at the same time in the background.

And after her intriguing performance, a TON of people on Twitter were wondering what was going on in the singer’s mind after that… interesting rendition:

Well, wonder no more because Fergie released a statement, explaining her artistic decision. “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 in her statement. “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.” Aww, can you blame Fergie Ferg for wanting to change things up a bit?