She issued a formal apology today after drawing heat for her rendition of the song at the NBA All-Star Game.
Roseanne Barr - whose notorious performance of the song at a 1990 Padres/Reds baseball game included spitting and grabbing her crotch, causing a national uproar - said even her rendition was better than Fergie's.
Fergie says while she does try to take risks, she realizes her anthem rendition "didn't strike the intended tone".
Fergie, meanwhile, apologized for her performance, saying she tried her best, and had chose to sing the song that way because she is a "risk taker". "I love this country and honestly tried my best".
"I feel like I need to address something that happened Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game", Jimmy Kimmel said on his late-night show, after he was caught on tape during Fergie's much-mocked performance of the national anthem at the event. Was it wrong for her to try to make it so sexy?
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One insider revealed that 'Fergie's management team went to her house yesterday because she was a mess! In case you missed it, I have the link here so you can hear it for yourself.
Others on social media weren't as kind, with criticism of the performance outpacing the positive reviews.
Fergie, the Fergalicious Black Eyed Peas singer, has learned the hard way that different isn't always better, especially when it involves a traditional song like the National Anthem.
Some have compared her performance to that of non-singers like comedian Roseanne Barr and track star Carl Lewis.