Watch: Jamie Foxx Opens Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight With Church-Inspired U.S. National Anthem

Published: Sunday 3rd May 2015 by Rashad
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Tonight brought with it two knockouts:  one of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. challenger Manny Pacquiao and the other of the U.S. national anthem by singer/actor/comedian Jamie Foxx.

Lending his soulful croon to the historic number, Foxx’s organ-accompanied rendition went out with a very unexpected Holy Ghost-inspired bang.

Sending some into a praise, while others (like our friends at VH1) branded the performance “cringe-worthy,” see what we mean and weigh in below:

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  1. Speak May 3, 2015

    That was just horrible omg…. Hard to chose whose was worse his or tinashae i guess he’ll just “blame it on the alcohol”

  2. #TeamTinashe Stan May 3, 2015

    Damn, he was trying way too hard. No no no hehe lol.

  3. #JACKIE May 3, 2015

    When doing too much goes wrong!! He’s the worst next to Monica!!!!


    That organ did it for me, chile! I was so here for the organ playing in the background! The performance wasn’t good, but that sweet organ made it unique and tolerable.

  5. coolness May 3, 2015

    He tried too hard in my opinion. It’s not that Jamie can’t sing but this wasn’t the time or song to show off mediocre runs and improv skills. One of the worst renditions I’ve heard alongside R. Kelly’s and Monica’s.

  6. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig May 3, 2015

    My fave gave me ‘fever’ looks and everything tonight ????

  7. Charlieyoncé May 3, 2015

    Sweet mother of Christ! Jamie needs to STAHP!

  8. How Many Drinks May 3, 2015

    That was horrible

  9. Citi May 3, 2015

    He has an album coming out, how else is he gonna get publicity ??? Lol

  10. LB May 3, 2015

    Who cares about vocals nowadays anyway? If people really did care, every American Idol/X Factor/The Voice contestant would be selling millions and filling stadiums; and Charli XCX/Tove Lo would not be defining pop music today.

    • DEL BEY May 3, 2015

      I have to agree

    • TheElusiveLamb May 3, 2015

      Very true

  11. Musika May 3, 2015

    Too much..too much..should’ve gotten Bruno Mars or John Legend instead.

  12. AmbeRussell May 3, 2015

    That was good. That boy sure can sing (coming to America barber voice)

  13. cocobutta May 3, 2015

    I need these males that do the US Anthem to just simplify the arrangements they tend to be choosing!

    He chose some really wrong notes to use there.

    • TheElusiveLamb May 3, 2015

      I agree. All of the extra runs and etc. are just not needed. The more simple and heartfelt the arrangement, the better it will sound.

  14. Jerome May 3, 2015

    These “OMG BEYONCE WAS 10 FEET AWAY” need to have an MGM arena of seats, the world revolves around a burning ball of gas called THE SUN! NOT BEYONCE! Anyway, I liked it, it was a good twist. And the ending of it was entertaining…

    • DEL BEY May 3, 2015

      But she was only metres away, she could have easily done an amazing rendition

      • Jerome May 3, 2015

        I most certainly agree… She is an amazing singer, and entertainer all round. But this is somebody else’s moment, it is ungracious of some people to always feel the need to drag down others using her name… I just can’t stand the tackiness.

  15. Music Lover~ May 3, 2015

    Everyone has an objective ear, because to me he sounded great.

    • diabetes unbothered May 3, 2015

      I agree wit music lover but I also don’t think jays is ugly. He looks avg looking like meek mills and most other rappers IMO.

      • Music Lover~ May 3, 2015

        I agree, I don’t think Jay’s ugly at all.

  16. Carry On May 3, 2015

    Can’t nobody sing like they use to anymore with soul. Beyonce would of yodeled it with a growl to high h3ll. Her voice is so loud that it is co considered a “YES” chile. Tissue, (Tinashe) would of medico-red it. Nobody can sing it like me because I’m in pain because the world “ain’t ish” anymore so I’m going to church. PEACE be to Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Miss Jones May 3, 2015

      WHAT??? HUH???

  17. TheElusiveLamb May 3, 2015

    Team too much, but the boy can sing.

  18. Gee May 3, 2015

    Sorry but that was not a grade A performance for Mr. Foxx some people are not meant to sing everything and Jamie is not meant to sing the national anthem in any way, shape, and or form.

  19. diabetes unbothered May 3, 2015

    I know I’m the odd one out but I honestlhy thought he did great. I expected him to give me straintina hollerlera judging by the comments. It was rough around the edges throughout but i guess thas what i liked about it but I guess I like his voice.the song is so boring and over sung so it takes that for me to like it.

    • diabetes unbothered May 3, 2015

      I’m not trolling either. I really did like it. The truth is, he’s not Beyonce. The song sounds cuteer when guys sing it. When these song it I liked that as well. Standards for singing is different for guys, we can afford to f*** up a note here and there and still sound grew. Beyonce can’t.

  20. Blacksista May 3, 2015

    Leave Jamie alone! People on social media always over doing stuff. He wasn’t that bad. Some of yall couldn’t sing-along.

  21. Cough Cough May 3, 2015

    Jamie sang… All these people talking about no and blah blah don’t know singing…. He wasn’t even trying, not even a bit. He was casually playing around and having fun. You can’t tell from his non chalant expressions? Lol sing J!!!!

  22. rihicon May 3, 2015

    I think it was good, some parts he did too much, but I expected worse based on the article

  23. You wanna love it right better then my funky money May 4, 2015

    He did alright

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