Some sports event performances are so amazing they have us dying for more, like the Super Bowl 50 half-time show. Others are so horrifically bad they have viewers dying for it to end. Such is the case with Nelly Furtado’s performance of the Canadian National anthem which she sang at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday (Feb. 14).
The Portuguese-Canadian singer decided to perform a much more melodic version of the national anthem than most are used to. Furtado was accompanied by a single flute, which probably hurt her new rendition more than it helped.
Fans in the stadium might have cheered after her last note, but fans at home were less than kind in their assessment of the song.
Furtado has not commented on the backlash to the artistic liberties she took with the beloved song, but this was probably not the response she was hoping for from her fellow Canadians.