Fans are taking to Twitter over a controversial rendition of the US National Anthem that stole the limelight at the NBA All Star game this afternoon.
After singer Fergie was slammed over her take on The Star-Spangled Banner at the same game in 2018, the performance has always been under a microscope, and it looks like this year’s take has gone down like a balloon.
Sung by Chicago-based soul singer, Chaka Khan, the long-winded performance came under fire for its length and some pitch issues.
The ten-time Grammy winner has prompted division online, with many unimpressed by the version.
Fans react on Twitter
Fans couldn’t help but draw a parallel to the aforementioned Fergie debacle, sharing a flurry of tweets comparing the two.
Chaka Khan giving Fergie a run for her money.— Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) February 17, 2020
Fergi had the worst national anthem of all time— Jim Russell (@JimRussellSD) February 17, 2020
Chaka Khan “Hold my beer” #NBAAllStarGame
Some were impressed by the heartfelt take on the tune, even saying they ‘loved’ the performance.
I love when people put some soul on the national anthem!! Shoutout to Chaka Khan! 😂😂 get yours!— Dave Walker III (@LoveSimplyDave) February 17, 2020
Chaka Khan’s anthem was so unique, brave, and beautiful. Take that haters.— Dick Vitalis (@SurferForLife96) February 17, 2020
66-year-old Chaka Khan singing the national anthem with a twang and soul and with a Chicago No. 23 sweatshirt hanging off her shoulder...— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) February 17, 2020
Y'all weren't ready
However, the overall sentiment didn’t fall in the 66-year-olds favour.
“That was absolutely terrible,” one summed it up.
The notoriously difficult gig is known for the brutal backlash singer’s who miss the mark are subject to.
Chaka is a legend in American music and widely considered the queen of funk.
She shot to fame as the front-woman of Rufus in the 1970’s and has gone on to win an armful of Grammys and other awards.
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