Fergie has spoken out after being criticized for her performance of the U.S. national anthem at Sunday’s 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
Fergie sang her heart out in Los Angeles, but some members of the Twitterverse were less than impressed.
However, despite the negative comments, the singer has now insisted she tried her best, even if it didn’t work out the way she planned.
The 42-year-old said in a statement obtained by ET Canada: “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA.
“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.”
Fergie’s comments come after viewers took to social media to poke fun at the star.
“Worst rendition ever?” asked former NFL scout and active radio host John Middlekauff.
In one of the most amusing responses, comedian Roseanne Barr compared the performance to her disastrous rendition of the anthem at a San Diego Padres game in 1990.
Retired rapper and former “Everyday Struggle” co-host Joe Budden also weighed in, as did former basketball player Marquis Daniels, and NFL player Gerald McCoy.
Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green was noticeably amused by Fergie’s singing, cracking up during the performance of the national anthem.
And Wendy Williams tore into Fergie on a recent episode of the television personality’s show. “There are only a few people who can sing raw dog, and Fergie is not one,” said Williams. “She needs auto-tune. Jen Lopez needs auto-tune. Janet [Jackson] needs auto-tune. Beyonce needs auto-tune.”
Check out even more negative reaction to Fergie’s performance below.