American R&B singer Monica sang the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.

Monica apparently dropped the "Brown" from her stage name after filing for divorce from estranged husband, Shannon, earlier this year. The 39-year-old mother-of-3 cited "irreconcilable differences" for the divorce action.

Monica and Shannon, 33, share a daughter together, Laiyah Shannon Brown.

Monday night's game marked the return of Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, who was out for 5 weeks with a calf injury.

The Warriors face elimination tonight as Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors hold the series lead 3-1.
 

 

Photos by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images, Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

  • CardiB’sAbs

    That National Anthem is a very difficult song to sing. Monica sounded ok I was expecting more. Durant aggravated his injury. I think the Raptors win the series tonight.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She sang the anthem very conservatively.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Extremely. I wanted a Whitney Houston version.

  • Sushi

    I like how she sung the anthem straight laced, no vocal acrobatics, or alot of runs, although those things are ear candy, I can appreciate her approach. ....

  • SG

    I agree. She kept it simple, which I could appreciate. However, it was underwhelming. I heard her before I saw that it was her and I didn’t recognize her voice right away. Something was missing

  • Chapter29Chick

    before i clicked on the video i just knew she sang that song wonderfully, but her nerves started messing with her vocals, she had a great finish though. Luv me some Monica. Im playing her Pandora station now reminiscing on the 90's.

  • Sushi

    True she was connected, and you can tell it..

  • bemetoo

    Wasn’t the proper stage to sing it like nippy

  • bemetoo

    It was cool I wanted a lil more soul

  • Witch

    Why she got on baggy Michael Jackson pants?

  • Jussjess25

    Ive never liked this women's voice ?????. She can hold a tune tho

  • City girl

    She sounded so beautiful. I love Monica.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    agree, she is a "safe" singer.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    .....and Durant is out again.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    you would have to get Brandi to do that....

  • Topic Influencer

    Her station is fire on Pandora. I love it

  • No Love Lost

    Kept it simple. So beautiful.

  • Topic Influencer

    His return was all of 25 minutes. Enjoyed Mo.

  • Jesse

    Brandy? The same Brandy who sounds like she's smokes six packs a day, while gargling rocks underwater? The vocal pamphlet? No girl lol.

  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    I FOREVER LOVE MONICA ????? speaking of which, anybody ever heard Whitneys version?? #Priceless

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    Chile monica was making love to that song, go head girl. ?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ONE THING I wont EVER say about Monica IS she cant sing! That woman has a BEAUTIFUL voice!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ONE THING I wont EVER say about Monica IS she cant sing! That woman has a BEAUTIFUL voice!

  • Kimberly King

    What in the hell is she wearing ? Anyway, KD got hurt again. So sad

  • No Love Lost

    She had foot surgery, that's why.

  • Seldomseen

    Vocal pamphlet ?????

  • Nunya Business

    I used to think that too but I went to a 90s concert about two years ago and she was there along with 112, Next, and Ginuwine and Monica sang down child. I was so surprised because she was the person I was least looking forward to but I enjoyed her the most. I didn't like her singing the National Anthem here but I think she just sounds better when you are actually there to hear her sing live. I felt the same about her performance of the national anthem as I used to always feel about her performances but I saw and heard for myself that she can sang not sing.

  • JuneTEETH

    Tragic outfit!

  • JuneTEETH

    Um those are ugly azz Jordan’s

  • JuneTEETH

    ?

  • Around the world

    Straight goosebumps ? Monica's voice is so beautiful.

  • Nathan Hastings

    She's beautiful but boring Zzzzzzz

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Monica can really, really sing, as music styles changed, Black female singers don’t sing out or show out for a few exceptions!

    They “under-sing” to support newer R&B sound. The music producer is the artist/star, and they make the singing the accompaniment!

    But, Eric Benet, Daley, Bruno Mars, Tank, USHER, Tyrese, Maxwell, they sing, and the production is second!

    Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Ledisi, Marsha Ambrosia, MJB, Jill Scott, Erykah, etc. are voice and sound (style) first, not who produced their joint or album, or trying to be radio friendly, or reach a young demographic! H.E.R. and Ella Mai can really sing way better than their hit songs!

  • Tell the truth

    I think Monica can sing and she has a pretty face but I believe she may be boring and to conservative and that may be one of the reasons her relationship didn’t work , men like a little diversity and sexiness . Just my opinion. But wish her the best !

  • No Love Lost

    Shannon ( cheating a// and all) didn't deserve a woman like Monica. I for one, when i'm done with my degree, and have the occupational job that i'm studying for, would love to find someone like Monica. Beautiful, intelligent, and all about her business and family.

  • Tell the truth

    I never said that him cheating made it right at all I don’t believe in adultery , I do think he is young and might have settled down to quick and didn’t realize how important marriage is .

  • tia

    Her rendition of the anthem was effortless; yet very simple. Nothing "extra" at all.
    I loved it! Very beautiful woman and voice too.

  • slim filmore

    Monica is basic at best she won't even make the average guy on the street get a boner, and with the access to some of the finest women in the world these men she dates has, she will never keep a man, plus her celebrity status is almost zero now and that was her ace in the pocket to impress men with status.

  • Topic Influencer

    Correct. Glad she is on the mend

  • KcoolMuziq

    I NEVER thought Monica and her husband matched. I ALWAYS preferred her with C-Murda.

    Her game performance didn't move me. But she looked great as always.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I hope Durant's injury in't career ending.

  • MrsSpice1

    Brings me to tears everytime i hear her version which in my opinion is the best!!! You can here her soul her heart and passion when she song it at the superbowl i think it was. I will forever love her!!!

  • Bass

    Every single one of your comments that you make on this blog, is disgusting. And says more about you than anything else.

  • luVn_liFe…

    this stinks that KD got injured :( I missed MO's performance, I do like her suit!

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Dang. I’m no Monica fan but she’s a naturally beautiful woman

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lawd!

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Then what is the proper stage? The G League practice game? It was a great time to rep for the states.

  • free

    he's basically saying what everybody else on here is saying. she needs to get with somebody who is going to appreciate her and not with an NBA baller or rapper looking for the latest same-faced, ant-booty thot.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Ok I agree with that

  • luVn_liFe…

    @sandrita.. can we get a post on Ortiz being warned to NOT come back to the Dominican Republic or get dealt with for screwing some drug kingpins girl.. 'Yeribell'

  • CardiB’sAbs

    ? say what now?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Monica dunT well.... she is very attractive. I also salute KD for pushing himself in game 5. In my opinion he came byke to soon,sometimes it can make matters worse. I hope and pray? ? he heels 100% during the off season.Ni... Fvck those who cheered his injuries. And for those Warriors who said that KD isn’t needed. Well lassnite he showed just how valuable he is

  • Alextra Ballard

    I agree

  • luVn_liFe…

    lol.. you read it right.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I guess these hoes really aren’t for everybody. Gotta choose wisely.

  • Nina Ross

    She should’ve sung the slave verse

  • Itzgoingdown2

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  • tintin

    A man will risk it all for some pU$$y.

  • luVn_liFe…

    ALL baby.. stupid face a s s e s

  • luVn_liFe…

    and his a s s is married to Tiffany from Wisconsin 17 damn YEARS! Yeribell said they been lovers for 7 :facepalm:

  • GrambosTheHealer
  • oshh16

    They also reported two women were fighting over him at the hosp in DR. Neither of which was his wife of 17 years.
    Sounds quite messy and humiliating for the wife.

  • Kimberly King

    Thank you for that. Now explain the outfit ... because that's what I was referring to lol

  • Logan Roberts

    You sound ignorant as hell. Monica must've snatched your man?

  • CookieMobster
  • Logan Roberts

    Girl at first I was like how sad he was shot. And then I heard the reason why......good for his married azz.

  • Logan Roberts

    She is and can't no one besides Toni or Halle rock a shortcut like her.

  • luVn_liFe…

    VERY.. I just seen the video. David and his wife filed for divorce in 2013.. he should have kept is pushing for all this.

  • Yardgirl

    I love it too!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I heard that on the news.
    Oh well another man done in my his dick.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Right. His wife lives in Boston.
    LOL

  • CardiB’sAbs

    ????

  • Yardgirl

    I thought they had gotten divorced. Was shocked to hear that they are still married. I am guessing married but living their own lives "separately" They way dude rolled up on him and just shot him point blank in a public setting makes be believe it was a hit job. Fr Fr

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I thought they lived in Miami together? Regardless, I’m sure she knew what she was getting herself into. Hispanic men and professional athletes are notorious womanizers.

  • luVn_liFe…

    did you see they beat the get away driver damn near to death! jezuz

  • luVn_liFe…

    hey Yardi! "hugs" they filed in 2013 then rescinded

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Lawd! I wonder if he has a prenup. Tiffany knows that David has a roaming dyck and probably knew since before they got married. He wanted a white woman that would stfu, let him do what he wants and give his kids with a lighter pigment.

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Cheaper to keep her

  • Yardgirl

    Hey Luvie *hugs* Oh ok, I never knew it was. And apparently his penis did not know either!! *sniggles*

  • No Love Lost

    I actually thought the outfit was nice. Nonetheless we all view things differently.

  • oshh16

    Word on these e-streets is that it was a hit, two cops hired by drug lord...

  • luVn_liFe…

    hahaha right. I read he really isnt out of the woods.. his injuries could be fatal. I MEANNN they cut out part of his colon,removed gall bladder and his liver was punctured. when we sat down to watch tv last night I said to hubbs Ortiz NEEDS to pay for a plane to med vac him outta the D R Stat!

  • luVn_liFe…

    and those kids AINT cute.. SORRY not sorry https://media2.giphy.com/media/fMvvwdTWamlA4/giphy.gif

  • Yardgirl

    I totally agree that it is very serious based on his injuries. They never give out the full story. Look at John Singleton and Luke Perry. Medi vac=very serious!!

  • Yardgirl

    Yep and with the way dude just waked up to him in plain sight and shot him, this was totally a mob hit! And cops at that, they are the biggest criminals worldwide in every damn country!! SMH

  • Ni Ni

    ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Is that the chicks name??

  • Yardgirl

    Not sorry eeevah!!

  • luVn_liFe…

    yeah.. she's the 7year relationship.. just seen there was another scrapping at the hospital in the D R with Yeribell

  • CardiB’sAbs

    I don’t think they’re bad looking I just don’t understand how folks let their children get linebacker big-especially girls. I think his plan backfired to erase their black features because they all have strong noses and melanin.

  • Ni Ni

    I'm glad she kept it simple. There is a time and place for everything. This particular performance wasn't her best, but everyone has an off night & we know she can sing so no biggie. I believer i have heard her sing the national anthem before.

  • currvalicious

    Sounds like he was over in the DR slinging that Dominican dyck around w/no regards for anyone but himself.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I'm sure that Ortiz and his wife had an 'arrangement'.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I thought that was the shooter.
    Oh well what did they expect.

  • currvalicious

    Oh, his wife is white?

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Yup

  • Greatgrape37

    Yass she did a great job!

  • ShWa

    I Love Monica!

  • Gloria

    Monica did well but me and my boo both agreed that her performance was forgettable and dull.

    The game was crazy, I’ve really been enjoying the finals this year. KD is a real one for sacrificing his body for the sake of his team.

  • Soon2BWife

    Monica looks like a fool.

  • Dowoop

    I don't think that was a willing sacrifice. This a whole new injury (Achilles) added to the calf injury. I know he pissed.

  • Sassie

    I know Monica had foot surgery at some point, but what's with those bogus ass shoes with that outfit? No ma'am.

  • Sassie

    I get what u are saying. She's pretty, but there's no sex appeal to her....

  • Sassie

    But how recent was it? Those reality shows are filmed months in advance...I saw the episode where she had that foot surgery.

  • Sassie

    LOL.....

  • Rayscoty

    Did she ever sing at Shannon YMCA games?

  • JV

    It won't be, but it's very likely he's done as a top 5 player. Achilles is pretty much the worst injury a basketball player can get. Not only will be out most, if not all, of next year, but he's likely to be a lot slower when he's back. He'll be more like Cousins or Love than Giannis, unfortunately.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Right!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    What the fukkc does Monica have on. I'm sure its a label but that still doesn't make it right

  • Let them eat cake

    loool

  • Let them eat cake

    Did I miss something? What does monica have on? Did she break her legs? lol

  • Ghost

    ??

  • SunRiseBlossom

    SCREAMING!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

  • C0rTnEy
  • SunRiseBlossom

    Yes, such an emotional game!!! He did his thing for the team, but it is some people that are about to be in some huge trouble after that injury!!! I love my Durant

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Lol

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Although I LOVE ME SOME DURANT, I was actually rooting for the Raptors to win, but when them sorry azz fans cheered about Durant getting hurt... I said I hope the Warriors go to war on them bastards and win this series for Durant!!!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She had surgery on her bunions.

  • Dahl

    Toni Braxton hair, Whitney Houston top, Michael Jackson pants and black Neil Armstrong boots thrown together ARE NOT fashion! Monica got it all wrong this time...??

  • Maxx

    I think she did awesome. It was simple, yet she still showed some nuances in her voice that do you boocould only be Monica! Great job & I like the outfit also! Very classy

  • Maxx

    Looks do not keep a man getting a boner year after year either. Even the baddest chicks can't secure a man based on looks....for instance Beyoncé, Halle Berry, etc. Not a mature grown man at least. I think you are just too young to know better. Long-term relationships are tricky & extremely difficult to maintain.

  • Maxx

    I feel she did awesome. It was simple, yet she still showed some nuances in her voice that you could tell are only Monica's! Great job & I like the outfit also! Very classy

  • Wreckognize Game

    Good job Monica. Beautiful and controlled rendition??

  • Blak

    Everyone is standing respectfully and not kneeling like a bunch of idiots

  • Kimberly King

    Chile. Hope you have vision insurance.

  • Kimberly King

    Same foot surgery as Ciara's?

  • Kimberly King

    I'm sure his white wife must be terrified. They said some parts of DR are quite dangerous. I've traveled outside of the country a few times .... I've never been interested in DR though

  • Let them eat cake

    loool stop!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    ??? "bunions" ???

  • R in NYC

    Go Warriors!!

  • Dollmeshia Dee-Dee Clark

    im sure there was a better shoe option tho.....smh

  • Tee Tee

    Monica never disappoints.
    I'm glad her performance was simple (not over the top) yet beautifully done???

  • Tee Tee

    Super petty????

  • DeeFromLA

    Thought she had on leg braces, her pants are weird but she looks good.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa
  • IAmLawlessBrooks

    yupppppp

  • bemetoo

    Super Bowl

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Got it

  • MRiGOThim

    yes...they just didn't put their hands over their hearts :P

  • bemetoo

    But she could added a little more ooomph

  • Applebootay

    She watered this way down...I expected so much more....because she definitely has the voice ?????

  • Jamal Warner

    So exercising your 1st amendment right makes you an idiot?

  • slim filmore

    Telling the truth is disgusting now, so that's what happening out here on the streets? Hey Monica was that chick back in the day bragging about dating thugs, ain't nothing more disgusting than that in the black community in my opinion, Monica was lucky Shannon let her play him, same thing happened to Russell Wilson.

  • slim filmore

    Halle Berry is a nut, and after that scene in Monster's Ball her diss of black men and bed wenching to get paid in Hollywood, who would want to date her, Beyonce is basic compared to all the women that's going to be throwing their drawers at Jay Z on a daily basis, her celebrity status is what keeps Jay, and of course the children also, and after that tirade from Solange it would of been so-long from me if I was Jay Z

  • slim filmore

    First of all (in my Charles Barkley voice), I'm a man, and no need to get hostile because I'm telling the truth, that's what's wrong with the black community today and everyday. You sound more angry than when an unarmed brother or sister gets shot by a mayo race soldier.

  • Karen Brady

    "Halle Berry is a nut," LOL..