Gladys Knight, Chloe x Halle Shine at Super Bowl

Wednesday, 06 Feb, 2019

The game itself was being called "super boring", but words like "superb", "amazing" and "rousing" were being used to describe Knight's rendition of the National Anthem, with some comparing it to Whitney Houston's classic 1991 performance at Super Bowl XXV. Knight's first time singing "brave" kept the song under the over/under of 1:50, the most common prop bet time. Four of the last five national anthems before it exceeded the two-minute mark.

"Gladys Knight rocked the National Anthem with style and grace", retired NFL coach Toby Dungy tweeted. At the halftime show, "Girls Like You" hitmakers Maroon 5 will take to the stage, with help from "Sicko Mode" rapper Travis Scott and former Outkast member Big Boi.

But Gladys, who said she's been working for civil rights and singing the anthem since she was a child, isn't listening to the haters.

Getty Editorial The singer nailed her performance.

Her performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" comes at a pivotal and controversial time in the NFL. They did so in support of Colin Kaepernick, who was ousted from the National Football League after starting a nationwide kneeling movement to protest police brutality. "No one put more thought and love into this than I did...."

The performance came right after Chloe x Halle took to the field to sing "America the attractive".

While some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl, Knight said she hoped her anthem would unite people. Sisters Chloe and Halle Bailey also hail from Atlanta, making them the third act performing at the Super Bowl with ATL roots.