A day after her performance of a�?The Star-Spangled Bannera�? at the NBA All-Star Game was ridiculed on social media, Fergie admits her rendition a�?didna��t strike the intended tone.a�?
a�?Ia��ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA. Ia��m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didna��t strike the intended tone,a�? the former Black Eyed Peas singer said in a statement to media outlets. a�?I love this country and honestly tried my best.a�?
Fergiea��s jazz-inspired, sultry performance of the national anthem sparked an outcry on social media, with some calling it a�?the worst rendition ever.a�?
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley joked on the TNT broadcast that he a�?needed a cigarettea�? after her performance, while fellow Hall of Famer Shaquille Oa��Neal came to her defense.
a�?Fergie, I love you,a�? he said. a�?It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone.a�?
The telecast scored in ratings for TNT and TBS. The game drew a 4.3 U.S. household rating and 5.1 million household impressions a�� both up 2% a�� the best for the event since 2013, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals. Last nighta��s telecast also saw double-digit increases across all key demos for TNT and TBS.
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