Ouch! Singer Under Fire For ‘Brutalizing’ U.S. National Anthem at 2017 NBA All-Star Game

Published: Sunday 19th Feb 2017 by Rashad

Jon Batiste, an acclaimed musician best known for being the musical director/band leader for ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ is now seeing his name touted alongside the title ‘worst Star Spangled Banner’ rendition.

In front of a packed house of celebrities and basketball enthusiasts, the singer took his trusty piano to the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to render an extended version of the historic number moments ago.  And, while some did praise Batiste for his unique spin on the U.S. National Anthem, more critics slammed his take on the tune – some even branding it “lazy” and “uneventful.”

Are people overreacting?  Watch it inside and tell us:


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  1. HailLegendBeysus February 19, 2017

    In other news Blue Ivy looks so cute having the time of her life sitting between Beyoncé and Jay at the game.

    • Slaydele February 19, 2017

      Why do you make everything about Beyonce? #Annoying

      • BEY>RIH February 19, 2017

        I mean even the own crowd at the game made everything about the Carters, you must be upset?

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) February 19, 2017

        Because the crowed at the court gave more of a f*** about her and her family than they did about the damn anthem….DEAL WITH IT AND GO FIND ADELE’S WAIST.

      • Slaydele February 19, 2017

        This post has absolutely nothing to do with Beyoncé see that’s why the Hive is so hated. I’m not mad b****** my “fat” fav won AOTY twice. Y’all the mad ones????

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) February 19, 2017

        No trash…the post is about the NBA game where BEYONCE AND JAY Z AND BLUE ARE ALSO THERE…HENCE THE CONNECTION. Keep cheering ur fat fave….its cute.

      • The Wig Snatcher February 19, 2017

        Bey mad all you want. The Carters slay all day.

      • Lovely Lamb February 19, 2017

        IKR the world does not revolve around her ?????

    • Slaydele February 19, 2017

      It’s about this random dude singing the national f****** anthem NOT BEYONCE!!! Stay up your favs ass…how’s her lower intestine b****?

    • Lea February 20, 2017

      Gul dont nobody care!

  2. BEY>RIH February 19, 2017

    That sht was ??.. Anyways, Bey looks GORGEOUS ??!!

    • Joan Rivers Fashion Police February 19, 2017

      But her outfit was styled all wrong. She ruined that beautiful Gucci kimono with badly styled everything else.

  3. Dreazy Baby February 19, 2017

    He sang the rendition of America’s current state. A damn mess.

  4. MUSICHEAD February 19, 2017

    He’s canceled

  5. Jamie February 19, 2017

    I’d still slide’m to the side for his sexxxxxxxyyy behind. I’ll give him something to say “Ohhhhh yeahhhh” about. Y’all cannot say this rendition wasn’t memorable, and he isn’t cute.

  6. JanStan February 19, 2017

    Mess!!!!! I love a fresh take on the anthem but regardless the melody has to be somewhat recognizable and the shat can’t be monotone af. This is right up there with Roseannes take lol

    • Lovely Lamb February 19, 2017

      Janet could never with her whispering ass

      • JanStan February 19, 2017

        Nor would she be caught dead serving crack is wack realness at a New a Years Eve performance.

      • MUSICHEAD February 19, 2017

        You both have a point lol

      • Cough Cough February 19, 2017

        A Janet show is more entertaining than a Mariah show tho. Much more entertaining.

  7. Kwinzy February 20, 2017

    Absolutely butchered the sh!t but he cute tho.

    • Jamie February 20, 2017

      Wait a minute; my h** a** is having second thoughts…how you doing boo?

  8. Chi February 20, 2017


    • Jamie February 20, 2017

      No, that still belongs to Macys Gray (still my bytch) but that’s the worst. She actually got booed for hers. Then would be Mrs. Wilson’s rendition.

  9. Jon February 20, 2017

    Guy is an amazing pianist… But this isnt the time or the place to over do this type of song and he just isnt that great of a singer… But yes in other news the Carters slayed all day… Blue stole the show as expected lol she so adorable!

  10. Jeans February 20, 2017


  11. Sherrele February 20, 2017

    Wtf was that! No! Boo…

  12. Casual-T February 20, 2017

    It was a little creative, but not that bad.

  13. Now at youfr best game way tuesidnz February 20, 2017

    He lookscared to performance and people are dragging him which is hot mess

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