Last night, Game 3 of the NBA finals took place and it was a wild ride. Raptors fans were overjoyed when the team ended the night with a win. However, the game definitely wasn't free from its share of drama – with the singing of the Canadian anthem being a prime example. Several people took to the Internet to slam the performance. In light of the backlash, Tenille Arts is responding to her Raptors' game Canadian anthem performance. The singer is staying positive and standing behind her spin of O Canada.
Tenille Arts is a Saskatchewan-born singer who got the chance to sing the Canadian national anthem at Game 3 of the NBA finals Wednesday night. She's a 25-year-old country singer.
She is now speaking up after the online outrage and angry tweets. Arts says she has "no regrets about putting her own spin" on the anthem, according to CBC News. The singer is also saying that many people told her that they loved her performance of O Canada.
Tenille Arts did acknowledge that she knew there was some backlash to her rendition of the song, but she said that she accomplished her goal of singing the national anthem "with pride", CBC News reports.
Watch a video of her performance below.
For anyone that missed it last night, here’s the full Canadian National Anthem performed by our favorite… https://t.co/UJLX67PcRi— Tenille Nation (@Tenille Nation)1559830565.0
There were several angry comments that surfaced on the Internet yesterday after the performance. As we all know, Twitter users do not hold back.
That had to be the worst version of the Canadian National Anthem at NBA game 3 final !— Heather Bobbitt (@Heather Bobbitt)1559782731.0
I apologize for being rude but this girl singing the Canadian national anthem did a terrible job. And USA gets Met… https://t.co/AcGuwZKoXO— Michelino Di Nunzio (@Michelino Di Nunzio)1559782670.0
Even non-basketball fans heard about the national anthem performance and had to give it a watch.
Don’t watch Basketball, but kept hearing about the Canadian Anthem. So I checked it out. It’s pretty bad when a “pr… https://t.co/G01fZ79Lqz— Heather (@Heather)1559825055.0
However, it's not all bad news. As Tenille Arts said, there are still people out there who liked her performance and there are positive tweets on Twitter.
I thought the Canadian national anthem sounded fine. It was cool with a country twang. It was a different version b… https://t.co/n4G354xiqw— jordienylan21 (@jordienylan21)1559797258.0
@TenilleArts @Metallica @Papa_Het @NBA Screw the haters, I thought you sounded terrific!— sherrygiles (@sherrygiles)1559853753.0
The Canadian national anthem performance was just one of the many things that happened at Game 3 that got people talking.
The Raptors posted a tweet before the game and the Internet was absolutely roasting them for making a mistake. The Warriors also shaded Drake by playing his diss track during the pregame. There was also some celebrity spottings that got fans excited, such as Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Game 4 will be this Friday at 6 PM PT, and with Kevin Durant out for the game, fans are already convinced that the Raptors win is secured.