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Fergie says she tried her best in statement on national anthem performance

Posted: 2:01 PM, Feb 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-19 23:38:22Z

LOS ANGELES -- Fergie released a statement Monday after facing sharp criticism for her performance of the national anthem at Sunday’s NBA All-Star game.

The singer says she tried her best and is always “honored and proud to perform the national anthem.”

Read Fergie’s full statement below:

"I've always been honored 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."

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During the performance, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green was caught snickering.

Many saw the moment and began tweeting about the singers rendition of the anthem.

Watch the full performance below: