Fergie went for a little switch-up with the national anthem, but ended up dropping the ball.
The former Black Eyed Peas vocalist sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles–and her curious rendition had players and fans bursting out in laughter.
The anthem performance, marked by a number of unique inflections, was immediately dubbed the worst in basketball history–even worse than Olympic track and fielder Carl Lewis’ legendary delivery at the 1993 NBA finals.
— Reggie Watkins (@ReggieWatkinsJr) February 19, 2018
Congratulations Carl Lewis. You've finally shed the title of worst anthem singer ever. #Fergie
— Mike Hogan (@MikeHoganArgos) February 19, 2018
Somewhere Carl Lewis is smiling #fergie
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) February 19, 2018
Viewers noted that even the all star athletes at the event were unable to hide their surprise, with Golden State Warrior Draymond Green visibly breaking down in laughter.
Draymond started cracking up while Fergie was singing the national anthem pic.twitter.com/3pMlgjGdYC
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) February 19, 2018
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
Other Twitter users mocked Fergie’s performance in a number of ways, from comparing it to Marilyn Monroe’s famous “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” number to describing it as akin to a “drunk mom acting sexy.”
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
Not sure what Fergie was going for on that national anthem performance but if it was “my friends drunk mom acting sexy” she nailed it.
— Johnny Taylor, Jr. (@hipsterocracy) February 19, 2018
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) February 19, 2018
— Based Monitored 🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@BasedMonitored) February 19, 2018
#Fergie managed to do the impossible….Black, white, young and old. No matter what your backround is, or your religious beliefs. Democrats and Republicans. We were all one. UNITED in the belief that she sang the worst version of the #NationalAnthem we have ever heard.
— ❄️Michelle Ebeling❄️ (@ShellE719) February 19, 2018
One user suggested that Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, “made the right choice” in separating from the singer.
— Raccoon Willie™ (@damygeebo) February 19, 2018
Another user considered Fergie’s version of the national anthem so bad as to call for a “memory scrub” from the film “Men in Black.”
— Bobby (@Bison_4life) February 19, 2018
LeBron James’ group of all stars won the game against the team assembled by Stephen Curry. But it was Fergie’s spin on the “Star-Spangled Banner” that was the talk of the night.
At least she was standing.
Fergie's performance was like if Lucille Ball & Marilyn Monroe had a love child.
In all seriousness, though, I give Fergie huge respect for revering our National Anthem, instead of kneeling during it. #Fergie
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) February 19, 2018
— Kambree Kawahine Koa (@KamVTV) February 19, 2018
I don’t know why but this is the first time I’ve ever heard someone try to sing the national anthem seductively before. 💀
— LeeLee (@Fireblyss) February 19, 2018
Fergie singing the Star Spangled Banner…… pic.twitter.com/kZqduPiW9M
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 19, 2018
Pink: “I’m fighting back the flu and hope I can since the National Anthem at Super Bowl to live up to my icon, Whitney Houston.”
Fergie: “I feel great — lemme try!” pic.twitter.com/fCtH5sPMKW
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) February 19, 2018
— Taxo (@taxo__) February 19, 2018
— Handsome Rob (@hnsmrob42) February 19, 2018
— Michael (@michael__1776) February 19, 2018
#fergie fixing to start a burlesque show during the national anthem
— Muhlf (@10parades) February 19, 2018