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Watch: Singer Puts One of the Most Unexpected Twists on Nat'l Anthem Before NBA All-Star Game

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Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, went about as expected: Not much defense, a lot of scoring, and some pretty spectacular dunks — and passes.

But the highlight of the evening for many was the national anthem by soul singer Anthony Hamilton.

Hamilton, accompanied by two acoustic guitar players, delivered a unique, slowed down version.

And it seemed to resonate with most viewers.

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It was a seen as a vast improvement over last year’s national anthem by Fergie, who, by most accounts, gave one of the worst renditions ever.

Fergie sang it like a lounge singer, which just didn’t work.

Did you like Anthony Hamilton's version?

Hamilton, a 48-year-old singer from Charlotte, is not a household name, but he is certainly gaining attention for this performance.

Some have compared it to Marvin Gaye’s version of the national anthem at the 1983 NBA All-Star game.

Most of the feedback from social media on Hamilton’s version was positive.

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Although there were some who did not like it.

As for the game, itself, Team LeBron broke open a close contest with a 46-33 fourth quarter to win 178-164 over Team Giannis.

The play of the game was a bounce pass alley oop from Steph Curry to Giannis Antetounmpo.

Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 38 points.

Kevin Durant walked away with the MVP with 31 points for Team LeBron.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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