The match saw Stephen Curry’s team face a team led by LeBron James, with the latter side winning 148-145.
Fergie opened proceedings with a rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Watch footage of her rendition below.
Fergie has since issued a response to the criticism, telling TMZ: “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.”
During Fergie’s performance, several stars in the audience appeared to laugh, including Chance The Rapper and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
Speaking at half time, former NBA player Charles Barkley said, “I need a cigarette after that”, while Shaquille O’Neal defended Fergie’s performance, describing it as “different” and “sexy”.
Last December, Fergie opened up about her past drug addiction, revealing it was once so bad she was “hallucinating on a daily basis”.
In an interview with iNews, the singer detailed the impact her use of crystal meth had on her daily life.
“I was [suffering from] chemically-induced psychosis and dementia. I was hallucinating on a daily basis,” Fergie said.
“It took a year after getting off that drug for the chemicals in my brain to settle so that I stopped seeing things. I’d just be sitting there, seeing a random bee or bunny.”
“The drugs thing, it was a hell of a lot of fun… until it wasn’t. But you know what, I thank the day it happened to me. Because that’s my strength, my faith, my hope for something better,” she added.
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