Fergie breaks her silence on NBA All-Star game national anthem fiasco

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. 

SEE ALSO: Fergie didn’t think ‘anything was wrong’ with her national anthem

"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.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Singer Fergie sings the national anthem prior to The 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Singer Fergie sings the national anthem prior to The 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Singer Fergie performs the national anthem before the start of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Fergie sings the U.S. National Anthem prior to the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Fergie sings the National Anthem before the NBA All-Star Game as a part of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Fergie performs the National Anthem prior to the NBA All-Star Game as a part of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Fergie performs at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, February 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Fergie sings the National Anhtem prior to the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Fergie sings the National Anhtem prior to the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Fergie sings the National Anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, February 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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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."

On Monday, celebrities had mixed reactions to Fergie's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner," though.

Mariah Carey, who prompted her own national outcry on New Year's Eve in 2016, supported Fergie by proclaiming, "Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that."

Rosanne Barr, however, issued a much harsher evaluation of the moment.

"Who saw Fergie’s national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game?" she tweeted. "I think mine was better lowkey."

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"Property Brothers" star Drew Scott and fiancée Linda Phan

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Karlie Kloss and boyfriend Joshua Kushner

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Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter, Tina Knowles and Richard Lawson

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Chris Rock and Megalyn Echikunwoke

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Cardi B and Offset

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Queen Latifah

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Maria Shriver

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Jimmy Kimmel and Spike Lee

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Chris Tucker

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Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish, with kids Hendrix Hart and Heaven Hart

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DJ Khaled and Ludacris

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Snoop Dogg and Chance the Rapper

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Odell Beckham Jr.

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Lou Adler, Jack Nicholson and son Ray Nicholson

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Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery

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Anthony Anderson

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Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Carter

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Cassie and Diddy

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Beck

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Nick Cannon and Justin Hartley

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Julianne Moore and husband Bart Freundlich

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Common

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NBA Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jerry West and Bill Russell

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Ludacris, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Chadwick Boseman, Common and Dave Chappelle

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Beyoncé, Blue Ivy Carter and Tina Lawson

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Chadwick Boseman and Floyd Mayweather

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DJ Khaled and Fergie

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Michael Jordan

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Tracy Morgan

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Jamie Foxx, Fergie and Ludacris

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Pharrell Williams performing the halftime show

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