BLACK Eyed Peas star Fergie has been savaged for what’s being branded the worst National Anthem performance ever.
The songstress, 42, was given the honour of singing for a crowd of famous faces, including Beyoncé, ahead of the NBA All Star game.
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Stars have been known to make the performance their own and Fergie, who has sold millions of records as a solo artist and in a band, decided to put a jazz spin on hers.
Waving her arms energetically, she sang breathily into the microphone before belting out what many have described as “flat notes”.
Her performance drew giggles from the likes of Chance the Rapper and some of the players ready to take to the court.
She seemed very pleased with her performance but social media users were unsurprisingly merciless in their assessment.
Some joked even Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who knelt in protest during the anthem, stood up and told her “not to disrespect it”.
Meme account “Girl Posts” took inspiration from Will Smith’s iconic character in Men in Black, sharing a GIF of Agent J holding a device which erases people’s memories.
The caption read: “Everyone who saw Fergie sing the National Anthem please look directly into your phone… You’re welcome.”
Actor Bob Saget held nothing back, tweeting: “Fergie’s anthem woke pigs and cheep in petting zoos across America.”
A cheeky Chris Franjola said: “Now I know what the National Anthem would sound like if Carol from accounting sang it after five mango daiquiris.”
While C Shaw made a very clever reference to an environment of utter awkwardness inside the stadium during the performance.
Several players and celebs could be seen sniggering and nervously trying not to catch the camera’s gaze as Fergie belted out her… rendition.
Golden State Warriors player Steph Curry was even caught “liking” tweets making fun of the performance while his Western Conference teammates were on the court.
Stars including Jack Nicholson, Michael B Jordan and Arnold Schwarzenegger turned out for the showdown.
It has been held every year between a mix of the league’s star players since its inauguration in 1958.
For the first time in 67 All-Star games, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951, instead allowing the two captains to pick their sides.