Chaka Khan's rendition of the national anthem fails to impress at NBA All-Star Game
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There’s no denying that the national anthem is tricky to sing and, on Sunday, Chaka Khan became the latest singer to fall at the hurdle. During the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, Khan performed her unique rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before tipoff and many viewers and players alike appeared to be left a little baffled.
Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Khan’s performance, with many comparing it to Fergie’s memorable take on the song at the same event in L.A. a couple of years ago.
Questlove knew something was up when his phone started blowing up. “I’m not watching the all star game but my phone is ringing off the hook,” he tweeted. “My guess is someone did a weird Star Spangled?”
While Khan’s version of the national anthem wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea, Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, apparently enjoyed it.
Khan recently competed on Fox’s The Masked Singer, but her run was cut short when the judges were easily able to recognize her voice and guess her identity, despite being dressed as Miss Monster. But not to worry, the singer was just there for a good time anyway. “It wasn’t a competition for me, it was just something new and crazy to do,” she told EW following her exit.
The NBA All-Star Game also featured an emotional tribute to Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant by Jennifer Hudson and a celebration of Chicago’s basketball history from Common.
Watch Chaka Khan’s performance of the national anthem above.