What the Hell Did Chaka Khan Do To the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game?

Chaka Khan is a musical icon. She’s a legend. And I don’t know what the hell is going on with her but it has not been her week. Last Wednesday, she was kicked off of The Masked Singer, only the third contestant eliminated in the contest. Pretty embarrassing for a legendary singer to barely last longer than Drew Carey in a singing competition.

Then on Sunday, she got a chance at redemption when she sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game. It went… well…

Now, I get that when someone sings the anthem they want to make it their own, so to speak, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I really don’t know what the f**k Chaka Khan was singing here.

If you changed the words to that, I don’t think the average person could identify what she sang there as “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

It didn’t go over well on social media, either.

All of us are Kyle Lowry.

And of course she drew comparisons to Fergie’s performance in 2018.

But for my money, the Fergie/Chaka Khan mash-up won the day.

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BJ Blazkowicz
BJ Blazkowicz
2 years ago

Nothing wrong at all, she embellished with her incredible voice and made it something new. You could hear a bunch of people cheering throughout.

I was moved, I’m not American though and I really don’t think the original melodic structure is all that exciting. I don’t normally like national anthems. But hearing this fresh/more complex take of this old music was exciting for me. It did go on a little bit too long but she had to have some decent pauses to get some breath in around those belting notes.

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