'Fergie 2.0': All Star's national anthem rendition slammed

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Chaka Khan's performance divided fans. Photo: NBA

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.

Fergie was also criticised for the same gig in 2018. Photo: NBA

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.

Some were impressed by the heartfelt take on the tune, even saying they ‘loved’ the performance.

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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