Fergie responded to her much-criticized performance of the national anthem at the 2018 All-Star Game.
The eight-time Grammy-winner released a statement to TMZ saying she was a “risk taker.”
“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” Fergie told TMZ. “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 singer was heavily criticized by fans on social media about her rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday night, which left many in attendance looking confused.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.