Mary J. Blige Sings the National Anthem at NBA All-Star Game

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige showed her stars and stripes at Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. Dressed in all black with curly hair, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul presided over the court with a soulful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

While Mary was in Orlando, she was thinking of her friends in Hollywood attending the Academy Awards. “Had a great time at the game. Congrats to my girl Octavia on her Oscar win 2night,” she tweeted in support of The Help actress.

What did you think of Mary’s version of the National Anthem? Sound off below.

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38 Comments

  1. Music Lover

    Horrid. wow Mary that was horrible

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  2. H-Town

    Sadly to say, I wasn’t expecting to be wowed. She tried though lol.

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  3. 12play

    아 진짜 레알 요즘 더럽게 쳐못부르네.저번에 리빙프루프부를때도 뭐 미친소음같던데 케이시가 낫지 차라리.

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  4. mr hung

    i cringed thru it all…don’t know why.,..

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  5. minkx

    It was just how i expected it to be…TERRIBLE…Her voice is terrible to begin with. Hate me all you want to…but I think she sucks…

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    RelMcCoy Reply:

    @minkx,
    I agree with you 100%. Nothing but love and honesty here…

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  6. meg

    horrible! and no to that lace wig.

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  7. the one

    I thought Mary did a great job.She came and sung.What they paid her too do.Job done!!!!

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  8. the one

    And for those who talked negatively about Mary you go sing it…

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    Andrew Reply:

    @the one, It’s really not too hard to sing the National Anthem… All you have to do is go and sing it right. She just sucked it up.

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  9. cece

    listen to the end of bey’s national anthem and marys end. you tried it mary

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    Beat Red Reply:

    @cece, I thought I was the only one that noticed that!

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  10. true love

    Whitney did it better!!!
    RIP

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  11. Loveeee

    lord, what was that??

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  12. the bitch slayer

    she looked beautiful…THAT IS ALL!

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  13. lynn lee

    HORRIBLE!! WHY WOULD SHE DO THAT RIGHT AFTER WHITNEYS DEATH AND ALL THE ATTENTION PAID TO HER VERSION OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!!! SHE SHOULDNT HAVE TAKEN THE JOB AND LET SOMEONE ELSE DO IT JUSTICE!!! SHE KNOWS SHE’S NOT THAT TYPE OF SINGER!! STAY IN YOUR OWN LANE MARY!!

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  14. KevinCordell

    WTF was that?! I would rather listen to Rihanna try. Lmao!

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  15. mc

    Pretty sure she just said “and the ho’ of the brave” haha

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  16. Grant

    HOW DARE y’all DISS THE QUEEN OF HIP-HOP SOUL, THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER LEGENDARY MARY J. BLIGE.

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    Sugga Reply:

    @Grant, Respectfully so! Just there will never be another Whitney Houston… Nippy4Life!

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    RelMcCoy Reply:

    @Grant,
    Please promise me there won’t!!!

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  17. City P

    I will admit she could have done better but i have seen bigger fails than that and whitney may she rest in Peace lip sang her rendition btw so calm down Mary J Blige still brought hella emotion and dedication to the track

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  18. Sugga

    @City P, Whitney will rest in Peace b/c she didn’t lip sync her rendition! Now u on something else! Mary, came and did her best, that’s it that’s all! Don’t talk about something you don’t know!

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    Jo Reply:

    @Sugga, RIP Whitney, I was and am one of your biggest fans. Yes, she did lip sync the national anthem. Her music director said they recorded it in the studio until the got it right and then she lip sing. As far as Mary, I’ve heard better and certainly heard a whole lot worse. I’m not a Mary J fan, but good try.

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  19. @HOMEWRECKHER

    WTF? no no no

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  20. eve

    I don’t apologize for saying this. M Blige was out of her depth on that one. The National Anthem is difficult to sing for most singers under any circumstance; I feel the hype and understand, but Ms Blige did not do well at all. IMHO

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  21. Bnenah20

    She’s not Whitney but she was almost their.

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  22. LAX

    Ms Blige S.M.H it was BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. Hugh

    I thought it was pretty good.

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  24. Debbie

    Not as good as some, not as bad as others. They do better to just sing it straight. It’s a difficult song, no doubt. Not fair to compare her to Whitney. There was only one Whitney, as there is only one Mary J. FYI–I like Mary J. ther person. I’m not, not a fan of her singing, it’s just that Mary is a wonderful humanitarian and I like her for using her celebrity status to help women.

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  25. Polite

    The whole thing was good she joules just left that last BRAVE! Out & it woulda been beautiful. I still think she did good.

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  26. j

    I liked it besides the last high note at the end…but she needed a band to back her also

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  27. TYB

    I don’t think the goal is for everyone to sound the same. I think she did very well for her style of singing. She has never claimed too be singer along the line of Whitney, Mariah, or Monica. She has a hip hop, jazz style. Along the lines of Aretha, Gladys, & Billie Holiday. Also remember u guys your comments are very powerful. It’s okay to be critical but they’re still very human and what you say can have a very profound effect on people. Let’s not be so cruel & rude to each other. Have a heart & remember words do hurt. Ijs…doing anything in front of millions of people is not easy.

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  28. OsclusiveEnt

    Who did they call Mary? Not U!!

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  29. TTT

    i thnk Ms Blige is a bit overrated.Now i am some what of a fan especially of her old stuff no too much of her new except Mr.wrong which i give the producer mare credit then her. when she started the anthem it sounded good it was at the end of it when she strained and tried to get the spotlight was when people started to cringe a little. i think she should just kept in her own octave and sung it more relaxed. I work in a studio in Atlanta and a lot my colleagues said the same. not bashing her just saying it wasn’t her best performance.

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  30. TTT

    @TYB i agree with 75% of what you said and believe me from a performer stand point its easier to perform in front of millions then in front of a room of 5 Reps from a label that can mke you or break you. when you have as much EXPERIENCE as Ms. Blige and money you should be able to come through with your performance.

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  31. Airra

    ” just too much good music.” You can pick up your copy of the new record on November 21. (freesworld) Did you like this? Share

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