YouTube Star Conan Gray Butchers “Star-Spangled Banner”

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Conan Gray did not impress anyone who heard his performance of the US national anthem ahead of Monday night’s MLB Home Run Derby.

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The pop star, who first rose to social media fame as a singer-songwriter, made baseball fans – and anyone with working ears – cringe during his rendition The Stars and Stripes.

Granted, it’s not the worst. The 23-year-old comes off a little flat in some areas, but nothing like Fergie’s trill at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.

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But the reaction was quick and furious, and Twitter flared up with questions about who Gray is and who asked him to perform.

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“People-watching Fergie calls Conan Gray’s performance the worst rendition of the national anthem,” tweeted one person with a meme of The youngHomelander laughs in relief.

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“Who the heck is Conan Gray and why did he agree to that?” one person asked, while another agreed, commenting, “I don’t know who TF Conan Gray is but this was the top 5 worst renditions of national anthems ever I’ve ever heard.”

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A third person tweeted: “Me after hearing Conan Gray perform the national anthem #HRDerby accompanied by a photo of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson with blood dripping down his ear.

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Canadian sports reporter Michael Leach added: “That annoyed me a bit O Canada wasn’t sung even though there are no Blue Jays in the #HomeRunDerby… Then I heard Conan Gray butcher that Star Spangled Banner and I’m okay with MLB skipping us.

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Not to be underestimated, many thought Gray did well, with his legion of fans defending his “vocal range” as simply “not appropriate” for the anthem.

Gray has 4.71 million YouTube subscribers, nearly six million followers on TikTok, and 21 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

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