One of the biggest, if not the biggest, scene-stealers in the recently concluded NBA All-Star Game is not Team LeBron’s win a close fight against Team Curry, but the rather “unique”, “unconventional” and very controversial rendition of singer Fergie of the national anthem.
The pop star’s pitchy, sultry take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the talk of the town and the subject of many memes on social media. Also caught on cam were the reactions of the NBA’s biggest stars on the court fighting to hold back either laughter or shock before the game tipoff. Some just could not hold back or simply let his emotions show like Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green who was caught on camera smiling and laughing, presumably at Fergie’s performance.
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Draymond Green is all of us <a href="https://t.co/8wQ6exPvZy">pic.twitter.com/8wQ6exPvZy</a></p>— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) <a href="https://twitter.com/DefPenHoops/status/965399154620092416?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 19, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Some easily judged Fergie’s performance as the worst national anthem performance ever. Well, at this point it’s hard to conclude that. What is more certain is according to a listing prepared by Indy Star, Fergie is not alone in her infamy as far as national anthem performance is concerned. Here’s a take on the others who had controversial, if not notorious renditions as well:
1.Steven Tyler at the Indianapolis 500 in 2000
The performance of Steven Tyler was mostly described as memorable for being an absolute mess. Then he completely botches the lyrics in the final line, but then extends the note long enough to try and fix it. Nonetheless, Tyler is still considered as possessing one of the greatest voices in all of music.
2.Roseanne Barr at a San Diego Padres game in 1990
It was such an ear-piercing performance and ended with her spitting on the pitcher’s mound. The only consolation was that it was at least a quick one.
3.Carl Lewis at the NBA Finals in 1993
An Olympic-level runner and American icon, but he is not even a karaoke-level competent singer so it’s really a mystery why he agreed to perform this. He seemed to be aware of his own awful performance judging by the “uh oh” he muttered into the microphone after several awful portions of the piece.
4.Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl in 2011
The popular performer had the mistake of changing the lyrics early on and just kept on extending every line with vocal runs that feel completely out of place, She made the national anthem appear like “The Song That Never Ends.”
5.Michael Bolton at a Red Sox vs. Yankee game in 2003
He really sounded good all through-out, what earned him controversies and some infamy is that awkward pause he takes to read the lyrics he had written on his hand. He could have been far smoother than that.
6.R. Kelly at a boxing match in 2005
Many felt that the performance was one of the biggest, most bizarre departure from the National anthem. R. Kelly considered the king of remix in the 200s turned “The Star Spangled Banner” into a song one might hear at the next cookout or family reunion. He even had Chicago steppers two-stepping in the background. He even had the audience clapping to the beat.