The Empress of Soul is again in Georgia -- and he or she most likely didn’t must take a midnight practice to get there.
Dressed in a stunning white outfit, Gladys Knight kicked off Super Bowl LIII by belting a sublime rendition of the nationwide anthem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta this Sunday (Feb. three). Pink, Luke Bryan, Lady Gaga and Idina Menzel have all sung the anthem earlier than the sport in recent times.
Knight, a seven-time Grammy winner behind Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers like “Midnight Train to Georgia” (launched as Gladys Knight & the Pips), has beforehand mentioned in a press release that she noticed the chance to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner“ as an opportunity to “unite and symbolize our nation.”
Knight mentioned in an interview with NBC’s Today earlier this week that she thought-about becoming a member of a boycott of the NFL over its remedy of Colin Kaepernick, the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback who's at the moment suing the NFL. (Cardi B, for example, has mentioned she turned down an opportunity to carry out at this 12 months's Super Bowl in solidarity with Kaepernick.)
“Everybody received their opinions about no matter it's,” she mentioned within the interview, ”however as soon as we get into that love factor, all of it simply comes collectively and simply goes wherever and we find yourself clapping and having a superb time.”
In a video that accompanied the announcement of her nationwide anthem efficiency, Knight spoke in regards to the racism she skilled arising in her profession and her involvement within the Civil Rights Movement.
“I hope that this anthem will contact folks otherwise,” she mentioned. “We’ve been singing it endlessly. But this time I'd hope that they might really feel it so deeply that it will carry them to the next place. That’s what I really feel once I sing this track.”
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