Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie has apologized for her rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.
The singer delivered a jazz inspired rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the 67th edition of the NBA All-Star Game at L.A.’s Staples Center Sunday night.
TMZ said the singer said she was honored and proud to perform the national anthem and that she 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,” she told TMZ.
Cameras captured celebrities and players smiling or chuckling — instead of enjoying the country’s anthem.
The rendition took Fergie over two-minutes to sing.
Charles Barkley joked that he “needed a cigarette” after Fergie’s performance, while Shaquille O’Neal called her rendition “different” and “sexy.”
Here’s a look at some of the social media reactions: