Fergie recently performed the National Anthem at the opening of the NBA All-Star Game. And it was uncomfortable to listen to.

But there’s something musicians can learn from this incident.

In the video above, you can see Chance The Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel, and an assortment of basketball players either laughing or trying not to laugh.

The internet had a field day with Fergie and tore her apart.

Legendary basketball player Charles Barkley said he needed a cigarette after her performance.

Fergie apparently noticed the uproar and responded.

“I’ve always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA,” she said. “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.”

And that’s what musicians should take from this whole thing.

“I wanted to try something special…”

“I’m a risk taker artistically…”

Don’t be scared to try something new. Don’t fear taking risks.

Yeah, it may not always work out. But sometimes, you can get something really great if you step outside the box. We should all be more like Fergie in this way.

As the street artist Banksy once said, “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”

And middle-of-the-road art doesn’t bother anyone.

So go disturb some people with your art and you may just comfort the people who really need it.

Chance The Rapper
Chance The Rapper laughing during Fergie’s rendition of the National Anthem

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