Fergie has apologised for her daring rendition of the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star game.
The US singer, who fronted the Black Eyed Peas, drew criticism following her slowed-down and jazzy version of the Star Spangled Banner ahead of the game in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Twitter was soon flooded with people mocking her version of the anthem, with some joking that they would take a while to recover from hearing it. Some players were also unable to keep a straight face during her performance.
The singer has now apologised for her rendition, explaining she took a risk and accepting she may not have pulled it off.
She told TMZ: “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA.
“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.”
#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
Several people praised the star’s ability to unite the nation, albeit in hatred of the song.
Others suggested her rendition “reflected the state of the union”.
The game pitched Team LeBron against Team Stephen at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The final score was Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145.