- The Washington Times - Monday, February 19, 2018

Fergie on Monday addressed the backlash regarding her rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, saying she “tried her best” but missed the mark.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” the singer, 42, said in a statement. “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 bluesy rendition of the national anthem fell with a thud Sunday night, with many people comparing it to Roseanne Barr’s infamous 1990 rendition.

Ms. Barr herself joked that her performance was better than Fergie’s.

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