Fergie’s Rendition of The National Anthem

Vicky Arguello, Writer

Fergie sang the national anthem prior to the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles. The singer’s slowed-down jazzy rendition caused controversy and throughout the performance, the camera caught an array of expressions of those on the court and in the crowd at the game.


Fergie was criticized on social media for her version of the “Star Spangled Banner,” even by those who acknowledged that it can be an incredibly difficult to sing.


Black Eyed Peas fan, Melissa Cortez, 12, was disappointed in hearing the rendition as she has been a supporter of the Black Eyed Peas and Fergie as a solo artist.


“I was very excited to see her perform because she hasn’t been super active lately music wise,” Cortez said. “ It sucked that everyone was hating on her on social media, but the rendition was just a mess, I mean personally I didn’t like it.”


Throughout the performance the camera showed Stephen Curry, Jimmy Kimmel, Chance The Rapper, and other celebrities reactions which were filled with smiles and held in laughter. At points, the star appeared to struggle to hit notes, though she closed out the tune with vibrato, telling the arena, “Let’s play some basketball!”


NBA fan, Anna Gomez, 10, thought the celebrity reactions were funny and felt that it said a lot about the performance.


“Players and celebs seemed surprised by her rendition of the anthem,” Cortez said. “It actually didn’t sound so bad at first, but then she started doing all these different ranges and it went downhill from there.”


“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” Fergie said in a 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.” Overall, Fergie attempted a sultry and jazzy national anthem, which had a lot of people talking and since then the singer has issued a formal apology for her divisive performance.