The “Big Girls Don’t Cry” singer just sang a shocking version of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, Fergie, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, performed the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game — but her delivery was less than stellar. The 42-year-old appeared to go for a sultry, jazzy vibe as she belted out the patriotic song. And while she gets points for trying to think outside of the box, the singer ultimately confused everyone with her performance.
In footage of the awkward rendition, celebs like Chance the Rapper, Joel Embiid, Draymond Green, and Jimmy Kimmel can all be spotted holding back laughter, apparently taken aback by the unusual variation of the song (via E! News).
But they weren’t the only ones to react to Fergie’s performance. Many viewers took to Twitter to share their thoughts — and it wasn’t good for the poor Black Eyed Peas singer. One user said it was “the worst rendition ever,” while another compared Fergie’s voice to a “bodega cat.”
Khloé Kardashian tweeted out, “This All Star opening is confusing me. WTF is going on? Anyone?”
Even comedian Roseanne Barr, who famously butchered the “Star-Spangled Banner” in 1990, gave her two cents about Fergie’s singing, saying, “Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey.”
According to Us Weekly, NBA commentator Charles Barkley asked his colleagues on the panel to talk about Fergie’s performance, leading Shaquille O’Neal to say, “Oh, stop, don’t do that. Leave my Fergie alone.” He added, “Fergie, I love you. It was different, it was sexy.”
“Damn right it was different,” Barkley responded, joking, “I needed a cigarette after that.”
At the time of this writing, Fergie has yet to respond to all the criticism.