The United States is currently facing various noticeable social problems. Among them are political divisions in the society, racial and gender discrimination, and the prevalence of mental health dilemmas bedeviling the public.
Legendary soul singer, Gladys Knight, is hoping that her performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII will help unify the American people.
The Empress of Soul was in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the kick-off of the much-anticipated match between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
The football championship game ended with Tom Brady’s team beating Los Angeles, 13-3.
At the start of the event, Knight was seen appearing at the venue 20 minutes prior to her most-awaited version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Wearing a pristine white dress, the Atlanta native walked toward the field, then, gave her profoundly rousing rendition of the American national anthem.
Knight’s performance lasted for two minutes and one second. The audiences at the arena stood still and some sang along as the 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer rousingly completed singing the patriotic song.
Knight had previously stated that she had decided to accept the invitation to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl LIII to return the song’s voice and to provide justice for its historical lyrics.
The multi-Grammy prizewinner, who bagged an accolade in 1972 for the song, “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” cited that she wanted her performance to serve as a cohesive force the way that the national anthem does every time people hear it.
The former member of Gladys Knight and the Pips responded to public backlash for agreeing to perform at the Super Bowl.
Other musical superstars have reportedly declined to sing or even watch the football championship in support of San Francisco 49ers player, Colin Kaepernick.
In 2016, the former National Football League (NFL) quarterback caused controversy when he knelt as the national anthem was being performed during the final pre-season match of the 49ers.
Kaepernick was allegedly protesting the racial injustice and police brutality in the country which triggered a national debate.
Since this incident, the administrators of the NFL and the African-American society have reported having had a blemished relationship after the 31-year-old now football free agent had been banished from the league.