Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game

Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game

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We've cringed at the video. But we've done it before. A celebrity puts his or her stamp on the The Star-Spangled Banner.

This time, it was Fergie, who, despite her attempt at belting out a bluesy rendition before tip-off at the NBA All-Star Game, came up flat. 

If you've seen the video, you can see the tight grins and you could feel the eyes roll. The Staples Center in Los Angeles showed Golden State All-Star Draymond Green either yawning or aghast at one point. 

Fergie finally got cheers when she yelled: "Let's play some basketball." 

Basketball commentators Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal had varying takes. 

Barkley said he "needed a cigarette" afterward. O'Neal said "It was different. It was sexy. I liked it. Leave her alone." 

Where does Fergie's effort rate? Here are a few other memorable performances:

Roseanne Barr, Padres vs. Reds, 1990 

Barr's screech-and-shriek version punctuated by grabbing her crotch might top fhem all. It drew a rebuke from then-President George H.W. Bush. Barr apologized, but she did dogpile on Fergie in a tweet:

Carl Lewis, NBA Finals, 1993 

The Houston native and Olympic champion botched it like a false start. He started with a sour note and his voice cracked at times.

Marvin Gaye, NBA All-Star Game, 1983 

At first criticized, Gaye's rhythm-and-blues version gained acceptance over the years.

Whitney Houston, Super Bowl XXV, Tampa, 1991 

This might be the best ever. Houston showed off her powerful vocals and the crowd, fired up with patriotism at the height of the Persian Gulf War, cheered.

CORRECTION, 8:45 a.m. Feb. 20: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said George W. Bush criticized Roseanne Barr. It was his father, George H.W. Bush.

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