The rendition of “Star-Spangled Banner” performed by Fergie on Sunday night, Feb. 18, drew laughs, including from some of the NBA all-stars.
Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green was among those spotted on camera laughing while the singer completed the national anthem.
Other players looked confused at what was happening, such as fellow Warriors star Stephen Curry and Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid.
Twitter users commented on the performance, with one saying the song was sung in the key of “Happy Birthday Mr. President.”
Some said that Fergie’s rendition was the worst in history.
“The confused looks during Fergie singing the anthem are going to provide #NBATwitter meme’s for the next decade,” said Donnovan Bennett.
“Fergie’s national anthem finished 30 minutes ago and I still haven’t recovered,” wrote @WorldofIsaac. “A part of me will never be the same.”
— Donnovan Bennett (@donnovanbennett) February 19, 2018
Worst rendition ever?
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) February 19, 2018
I’ve seen the national anthem performed hundreds of times but never in the key of “Happy Birthday Mr. President” congrats @Fergie ??????
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) February 19, 2018
Fergie's national anthem finished 30 minutes ago and I still haven't recovered. A part of me will never be the same.
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 19, 2018
Players faces during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem… pic.twitter.com/QQ3VXaBchT
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 19, 2018
Barkley: Can we talk about Fergie's National Anthem… ? pic.twitter.com/RwZMYpLzsr
— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) February 19, 2018
The former players on TNT’s studio also commented on the performance.
“I need a cigarette after that,” said Charles Barkley, reported the Guardian.
Shaq added that the performance was “sexy” and “different.”
While Fergie’s performance was universally panned, the All-Star Game itself was a success. The new format saw the top two vote-getters being captains and taking turns choosing players for their teams.
In a tight match, team LeBron, led by LeBron James, defeated Team Stephen, led by Stephen Curry.
“I thought it was incredible. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the players,” Commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN after the game.
“When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let’s not turn something that’s 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player,” Silver said. “But then … maybe we’re overly conservative, because then we came out of there, and the players were, ‘We can take it. We’re All-Stars. Let’s have a draft.’ So it sounds like we’re going to have a televised draft next year.”