'Clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone:' Fergie sorry after U.S. anthem blowback

'Clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone:' Fergie sorry after U.S. anthem blowback
From CBC - February 20, 2018

Fergie is apologizing after trying something different with the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game.

"I have always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the Grammy-winning singer said in a statement Monday.

"I am a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition did not strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."

Fergie's slow, bluesy rendition of The Star-Spangled Banneron Sunday night was not particularly well received at Staples Center or on social media before the 67th edition of the NBA's annual showcase.

A low chuckle rumbled through the sold-out arena after she finished the first line of the song with a throaty growl on "the dawn's early light."

Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, 2 1/2-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event or a patriotic song.

Golden State All-Star Draymond Green captured Sunday's moodand became an instant GIFwhen he was shown open-mouthed on the scoreboard and the television broadcast in apparent confusion over the unique vocal stylings. Green then chuckled to himself after realizing he was on TV.

Draymond Green ca not keep a straight face at Fergie's anthem #NBAAllStar


After a forceful finish, Fergie finally got big cheers when she shouted, "Let's play some basketball!"

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