Fergie has broken her silence on the backlash she received after performing the national anthem at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center.
Speaking exclusively with TMZ on Monday afternoon, the “Fergalicious” singer was apologetic about her controversial arrangement of the song.
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“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 said. “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.”
The performance was pretty much unanimously panned on social media, with people expressing confusion over the so-called “sexy” rendition.
Earlier reports indicated that immediately following her performance, the singer and her team — clearly unaware of the mounting backlash on social media — were pleased with how it went.
“Neither Fergie nor her team thought anything was wrong with her national anthem rendition,” a source told Us Weekly. “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.”