The Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie, provided a unique take on the national anthem when she took the floor on February 18, 2018. She was invited to sing the national anthem prior to the 67th NBA All-Star game on Saturday. Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Fergie belted out an awkwardly sultry rendition of the national anthem, many surmised that it was an attempt to emulate another iconic version of the national anthem that was well received. In 1983, legendary R & B singer, Marvin Gaye performed a sexy version of the national anthem at that year’s All-Star Game and it made history. Fergie, not so much.
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Admittedly, I didn’t watch Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem. First and foremost because I have seventy trillion things better to do than watch a bunch of over paid, spoiled men run up and down a gym throwing balls at a basket. Secondly because, well, let’s face it, I’ve heard the national anthem more times in my life than I can count. Having four children who are in various sports at school I manage to hear it at least once a week. That’s a minimum of 52 times a year and yanno what? Sometimes it gets butchered. Badly. It’s a hard song to sing. Musically it’s all over the damn place and requires a wide vocal range. It ain’t easy.
So when I heard that Someone did a bad job singing a song that’s hard to sing, I thought, “Eh. So what.” But then, Fergie released an apology. “I’m a risk-taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.” So I went and found it online.
Let me tell you something. The Black Eyed Peas and Fergie may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that woman can sing. SANG. She is crazy talented and she’s an amazing woman and she even said in her apology, she’s a risk-taker.
The national anthem is friggin’ boring. We hear it time after time after time and if I asked you to imagine Cher or Garth Brooks singing it, you would be able to hear it in your head. The low start, the slow pace of the song, nailing every note in the beginning then the steady climb of the tune growing stronger and then finally THEEEEEE HOOOOOME of the BRAAAAAAAAAAAVE. Everyone does it the same. It’s boring.
Enter Fergie: Dressed to the nines in an off the shoulder black lace dress and heels, she looks fierce. She takes the floor and she starts singing and … it’s different. It’s a little weird at times, but for-the-love, America herself is weird these days. We’re messy and unorganized and unpredictable and we do a lot of standing around with this “What the hell just happened here” look on our faces. So why not sing the anthem weirdly?
Because the interwebs will mock us. That’s why. The trolls come out and say hateful things; other celebrities click their tongues and shake their heads. We preach being individuals and shaking things up, but when someone does it and we don’t approve, we cling tightly to tradition like we’re on the set of Fiddler On The Roof.
Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem was perfect. It was kinda weird, a little chaotic and definitely unexpected. And it represents perfectly everything that is currently going on in our great nation. I don’t think she should have apologized. I think she should have done a big ol’ curtsey and said “You’re welcome, America!”