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Gladys Knight nails it with potent Super Bowl national anthem

Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Gladys Knight nails potent national anthem at Super Bowl LIII The onetime Motown star was on form in a gorgeous "Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday night's Super Bowl. Post to Facebook Gladys Knight nails potent national anthem at Super Bowl LIII The onetime Motown star was on form in a gorgeous "Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday night's Super Bowl. Check out this story on Freep.com: https://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/music/2019/02/03/gladys-knight-super-bowl-national-anthem-liii/2763554002/ Cancel Send A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This conversation is moderated according to USA TODAY's community rules . Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Gladys Knight nails potent national anthem at Super Bowl LIII Brian McCollum , Detroit Free Press Published 7:07 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2019 | Updated 7:38 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2019 CONNECT COMMENT EMAIL MORE

US singer Gladys Knight sings the national anthem before the start of Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 03 February 2019. (Photo: MICHAEL ZARRILLI/EPA-EFE/REX, MICHAEL ZARRILLI/EPA-EFE/REX) Gladys Knight wowed with a resplendent rendition of the national anthem to help kick off Super Bowl LIII Sunday night. The onetime Motown star delivered a soulfully dignified “Star-Spangled Banner” atop a cinematic orchestral arrangement, punctuated by a flyover from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. It was a homecoming performance for the Atlanta-born Empress of Soul, who took the field in a bejeweled white gown. More: See a video of the performance on Youtube Knight’s appearance came amid the NFL’s ongoing controversy involving kneeling players and the national anthem. The 74-year-old singer had defended her decision to perform, saying she wanted to “give the anthem back its voice” and citing her lifelong civil-rights work. “It is unfortunate that our national anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the national anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone," Knight told Variety in a statement . For the record, Knight’s “Star-Spangled Banner” clocked in at 121 seconds. The over-under betting line set by many oddsmakers was 107 seconds. Knight's performance was preceded by a lovely, harmonized “America the Beautiful” by Atlanta sister duo Chloe x Halle, signed to Beyonce's Parkwood label. Contact Detroit Free Press music writer Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or bmccollum@freepress.com.