Some of the players, Jimmy Kimmel and others in the crowd at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game appeared to snicker.
“Worst rendition ever”?
Fergie didn’t win over many fans on Sunday during her rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.
The singer put her own spin on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but it didn’t really catch on with viewers. It also appeared to spark snickers from some of the players, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and others in the crowd at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Numerous viewers hit Twitter to share their opinions, with a few calling it the “worst rendition ever” (though one argued that Roseanne Barr’s intentionally bad performance at a 1990 San Diego Padres baseball game was worse).
Watch Fergie’s performance here, and see some of the reactions below.
— Chovan (@thechovanone) February 19, 2018
Don't let Fergie's National Anthem performance distract you from the fact that the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals despite having the first ever unanimous MVP and going 73-9 in the regular season.
— CAVS (@jackie_kisley) February 19, 2018
My ear after listening to Fergie “sing” that pic.twitter.com/w4pgp1PU6W
— Roff-A (@MJK_NY31) February 19, 2018
Kevin Hart: “I just engineered the biggest pre-game disaster in television history.”
Fergie: “Hold my beer.”
— Tim Ring (@timringTV) February 19, 2018
Worst rendition ever?
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) February 19, 2018
They gotta take a knee to protest this man
— bringing my baby to a theater near you (@fivefifths) February 19, 2018
Fergie come on now!! What the heck!?!
— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) February 19, 2018
LMAOOOOOOOOO FERGIE SOUND LIKE A BODEGA CAT
— T’Cory, Son Of T’Jeff (@CoryTownes) February 19, 2018
— Robert Littal (@BSO) February 19, 2018
I thought Fergie's assault on the memory of Merry Clayton w/Jagger at the R&R HOF 25th was going to be her major offense against musical history.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 19, 2018
— Jennyfromtheblock (@JZastawniak) February 19, 2018
Sorry Fergie. I’m a fan but to be honest, that was horrible! Actually probably one of the worst. Not a hater… just telling it like it is. pic.twitter.com/woS1oAfcIX
— Brian Fox (@BrianFox1960) February 19, 2018
Still, she did have at least one defender:
I didn’t see Fergie sing the National Anthem, but everybody saying it was ‘the worst rendition ever’ is either too young to remember, or forgot about this one. If it topped this hot mess it really was ‘the worst rendition ever’. #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/SDP0CI160F
— LisaMarie (@indianaoldsoul) February 19, 2018