Fergie has issued a formal statement apologising for her poorly received rendition of the US national anthem at the NBA All-Star game on Sunday.
The 42-year-old singer performed a slow-downed jazz version of the Star-Spangled Banner over the weekend at Los Angeles’ Staples Center ahead of the annual exhibition basketball match, but it soon became clear that it was not quite to the general population’s liking.
Celebrities and viewers alike slammed the version of the anthem with some saying it was the “absolute worst” rendition of the US national anthem.
Roseanne Barr, who in 1990 delivered her botched screaming version of the tune, wrote on Twitter: "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey (sic)".
Some even called for the national anthem to be axed from events.
Singer k.d. lang tweeted: "Would it be so bad if we just dropped the national anthem altogether from sports events.(sic)."
In her statement, the Black-Eyed Peas frontwoman said: "I've always been honoured 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."
But not everyone slated Fergie's rendition, with legendary basketball player Shaquille O'Neal praising her for a "different" and "sexy" version of the song.
He tweeted: "Fergie, I love you. It was different, it was sexy. (sic)"
While the entertainment for the evening may not have impressed everyone, the match was an exciting one with Lebron James’s team beating Stephen Curry’s side 148-145.