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.
Me: #Fergie #NBAAllStar2018 National Anthem was THE WORST!
Carl Lewis: Hold my beer pic.twitter.com/J0A8lFU9Gm
— 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
#Fergie butchers the #NationalAnthem#Kaepernick gets up off his knee to smack the microphone away pic.twitter.com/XO9MiARYXj
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) February 19, 2018
America is officially dead. #Fergie pic.twitter.com/GavMIw27xn
— 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.
— ShellE (@ShellE719) February 19, 2018
One user suggested that Fergie’s ex-husband, Josh Duhamel, “made the right choice” in separating from the singer.
So I’m thinking Josh Duhamel made the right choice dumping #Fergiepic.twitter.com/zPDRsSra5J
— 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.”
Everyone who saw #Fergie sing the National Anthem please look directly into your phone.
You're welcome pic.twitter.com/zEYqjoqJmQ
— 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
When your 11 year old daughter laughs at #Fergie trying to sing the National anthem you know it’s bad. pic.twitter.com/Z3F1oH38ir
— Kambree (@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
When you lied on your resume, but still got the job..#fergie #NBAAllStarGame #NBAAllStar2018 #NationalAnthem pic.twitter.com/cpsveB3Hyd
— Taxo (@taxo__) February 19, 2018
Me listening to #Fergie like pic.twitter.com/hpGEPncFJN
— Handsome Rob (@hnsmrob42) February 19, 2018
Football players are disrespecting the #NationalAnthem by kneeling.#Fergie: “Hold my beer.”
— Michael (@michael__1776) February 19, 2018
#fergie fixing to start a burlesque show during the national anthem
— Muhlf (@10parades) February 19, 2018
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