Fergie & NBA All-Star Game National Anthem

Fergie has been roundly criticized for her rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at this year’s NBA All-Star Game. In case you missed it, here’s a video.


A singer makes a mistake trying to put their personal touch or embellishment on our national anthem, particularly in a mainstream venue.

Imagine if I were to do a jazzy, acapella rendition of Taps at a World War II veteran’s funeral. This would be unthinkable.

She tried to make the Star-Spangled Banner her own by making it sexy and jazzy. She made it her own, but not in a way her audience expected or appreciated.

Entertainers need to have situational awareness. Fergie did not. She made it about her, not about honoring America with the Star-Spangled Banner.

For some things, there are no “do-overs,” no mulligans. We see this over and over during the Olympics. And, this applies to Fergie’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at this year’s NBA All-Star Game.


Thought for the week:

“Great ideas don’t sell themselves.” – Lori Greiner

What do you think? I welcome your comments! Dave Gardner

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