Gladys Knight Stuns with Super Bowl National Anthem

Super Bowl 53: Gladys Knight Brings Down The House With Stunning Rendition Of The National Anthem

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.

The soul icon performed the "Star Spangled Banner" in front of thousands of onlookers at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3. The NFL also previously announced that performer and deaf activist Aarron Loggins would sign in American Sign Language both "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

Some fans stopped their own stopwatches after the first "brave", while others felt that the entire performance ought to be taken into account and bookmakers weren't too sure themselves of the length of the anthem.

The "Empress of Soul" opened the game between the two rival teams, showing off all the richness of her contralto voice - and perhaps the smokiest opening notes of any Super Bowl singer.

The over/under was set at one minute and 45 seconds by Bovada.

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Following the news of her involvement, Knight defended her decision to perform at the Super Bowl.

"Atlanta is my home. It's really as simple as that", the "Midnight Train to Georgia" songstress added.

Controversy surrounded the 74-year-old's performance since some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. "I'm proud to just honor them by singing that anthem".

She reportedly believed her singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl could help bring people together.

Once again, we have a little national anthem controversy in the NFL.

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