Nearly 24 hours after her controversial rendition of the national anthem, Fergie issued a statement Monday addressing criticism of her performance at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the Black Eyed Peas singer said in the 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.”
While Fergie tried something different with her national anthem, not everybody was cheering.
Her slow, bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the 67th edition of the NBA’s annual showcase wasn’t particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media.
A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after Fergie finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on “the dawn’s early light.”
The Forum in nearby Inglewood, California, was the site of one of the most famous national anthems in sports history during another NBA All-Star Game 35 years ago.
Marvin Gaye’s touching rhythm-and-blues version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1983 game was initially criticized but has since gained widespread acceptance as a groundbreaking musical performance.
Fergie is more likely to join the long list of curious versions of the anthem, even though she showed far more impressive vocal chops than the likes of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis.
Pederson kept his foot on the gas. Calling a trick play with a tight end passing to your quarterback on fourth-and-goal from the Patriots’ 1-yard line is basically the definition of aggressive. That’s some real Saints-style, let’s open the second half of a Super Bowl with an onside kick level shit.
Taking a risk to extend a 15-12 lead over New England with 1:30 left in the half doesn’t have a ton of downside. The Eagles were either going to extend their lead to 10 points or they were going to give New England the ball on their own 1-yard line, trust the defense, and know there was still an entire half to play.