Fergie has finally faced the music.
After facing extreme backlash, Fergie has finally resurfaced and commented on her less than stellar performance of the National Anthem at this year’s NBA All-Star game.
In a statement to TMZ, the singer says,
“I’ve always been honored 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.”
The heavily criticized performance had the Black Eyed Peas singer changing the song to fit her signature style. While that’s admirable, her take on the song was better suited for a karaoke bar rather than a nationally televised event.
The risk certainly didn’t pay off as the reaction of the players and the audience was less than enthusiastic. However, Fergie should be congratulated for not only taking a risk, even if it was the national anthem, and then following through and owning her choice. There’s something to be said for an artist who makes that decision and sticks to their guns about it.
But the National Anthem should be something that remains untouched as it’s one of the oldest traditions in not only American culture, but sports culture as well. It’s a song that should be performed a specific way.
Hopefully this will be a reminder to any future performer given the honor of being asked to sing the National Anthem to not take a risk and stick to what’s worked for decades. It’s not a risk worth taking.
Better luck next time, Fergie. If there is a next time.