Fergie sang a sexed up version of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game and it didn’t exactly go over so great. Her sexed-up rendition caused some alarm amongst commentators and viewers alike, causing Khloe Kardashian to tweet, “This All Star opening is confusing me. WTF is going on? Anyone?”
A source told Us Magazine that “neither Fergie nor her team thought anything was wrong with her national anthem rendition,” adding, “That’s the way she sings a lot of her songs. She loves adding a little sexiness and being different with her riffs. It was meant to be jazz-inspired. She wanted to stand out.”
And now Fergie herself is speaking out.
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she told Us Weekly, adding, “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.”
After Fergie finished her sexed up performance and the audience had an audible laugh, NBA commentator Charles Barkley asked the others if they could break down what just happened.
“Oh, stop, don’t do that. Leave my Fergie alone,” Shaquille O’Neal said. “Fergie, I love you. It was different, it was sexy.”
“Damn right it was different,” Barkley said. “I needed a cigarette after that.”