Mariah Carey gives Fergie advice after national anthem performance at NBA All-Star game

Mariah Carey knows what it’s like to be dragged down by the Internet because of a performance mishap -- recall her 2014 Rockefeller Center performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and last year’s New Years Eve performance.

After Fergie’s widely panned rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the NBA All Star game, Carey gave some sound advice on how to handle the criticism: “Dahling, nobody needs to listen to that.”

Fergie performed a slow rendition of the national anthem at the 2018 athletic competition Sunday evening (Feb. 18), and people had a lot to say about it. Comedian Leslie Jones wondered, “Why did this happen,” adding, “you might as well should’ve asked me to sing.” Sports commentator Charles Barkley was itching to talk about “Fergie’s national anthem,” but Shaq O’Neal pleaded to leave her alone.

TMZcaught up with Carey after leaving Sweet Chick Sunday evening, when she dropped the gem. She’s not the only celebrity defending Fergie. Takeoff from Migos and Karl-Anthony Towns stood up for her as well.

Her performance even sparked the hashtag #SingItLikeFergieChallenge, and the Internet hilariously proves it can’t be beaten.

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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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