Twitter users had described her version of the national anthem as jazzy, blues-inspired and sexed-up.
But the songstress didn't disappear into the shadows following her performance.
Former Lakers star Shaquille O'Neal leaped to Fergie's defense, saying: "Fergie, I love you". While the sitcom star's rendition was purposefully terrible, Ferg really seemed to give it her all, even though the result was a complete disaster to many viewers.
Meanwhile, Deadspin has acquired grainy footage of Fergie's rehearsal, showing the singer's bluesy rendition was what she meant to do all along.
Now Fergie has answered her critics, insisting she was just trying to do something different.
However, the Staples Center is no stranger to unconventional, controversial National Anthems: Prior to Kobe Bryant's last game at the Los Angeles Lakers' arena in April 2016, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea delivered a bass-only rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner" that was lambasted by viewers. News. "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". Fergie realizes she needs to retrain her voice and not take such huge risks anymore, ' our source explained. Is her rendition of the national anthem really that bad? "Leave my Fergie alone", Shaq said.
The National Anthem is a hard song to sing in the first place and more than one pop star has flubbed the words.
As well as the national anthem, the pre-match entertainment at the All-Star game featured a 15-minute opener from Kevin Hart, and the whole thing left Khloe Kardashian "confused".
Even basketball commenter Charles Barkley joked during the halftime show that he "needed a cigarette" after her performance.