Pop star Fergie sang the National Anthem for Sunday's NBA All Star Game and, to put it kindly, her rendition has received a lot of attention.

For me, the positives were that she that her voice was strong and in tune.  Also, once she decided to put a sexy, bluesy spin on it, she really went for it 100%.

The main negative for me was that the National Anthem isn't the song you should do a complete reinterpretation of, save that approach for other songs performed in your concerts.  In fact, I will be disappointed if I never see a sultry version of "Fergalicious".

I have sung the national anthem and know first hand that it is not an easy song to sing.  I have no problem with people holding out last notes or taking it up an octave it they can, but I'm not a big fan of turning it into "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess.

However, I don't think the Fergie performance the worst of all time.  Remember the great Carl Lewis giving it a try?

How about Roseanne?

Lastly, who could forget when Detective Frank Drebin, posing as world renowned opera star Enrico Pallazzo, gave his rendition.

**It is important to note that this performance was largely forgiven after Drebin prevented the assassination of the Queen of England by Hall Of Famer Reggie Jackson.


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