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

Fergie thought everything went as planned when she walked off the court at Los Angeles’ Staples Center after singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” to kick off the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 18.

“Neither Fergie nor her team thought anything was wrong with her national anthem rendition,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “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 she did. Viewers were quick to share their reactions to the sultry performance on Twitter, with some users calling it “the worst rendition ever.” NBA players including Stephen Curry and Draymond Green visibly struggled to stifle their laughter, while celebrity attendees such as Jimmy Kimmel and Chance the Rapper also appeared to chuckle at the 42-year-old singer’s histrionics.

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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)
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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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Khloé Kardashian tweeted, “This All Star opening is confusing me. WTF is going on? Anyone?” And Roseanne Barr, who infamously sang an off-key rendition of the patriotic tune during a 1990 MLB game, later wrote, “Who saw Fergie’s national anthem at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey.”

Even the NBA on TNT commentators weighed in during the halftime report. “It was different. I needed a cigarette after that,” Charles Barkley told Shaquille O’Neal, who came to the former Black Eyed Peas singer’s defense. “Leave my Fergie alone,” O’Neal said. “It was different. It was sexy.” Mariah Carey, who had a disastrous New Year’s Eve performance in 2016, also showed her support, telling TMZ, “Darling, nobody needs to listen to [the haters].”

Fergie has yet to publicly respond to the criticism.

With reporting by Travis Cronin.

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