Soul legend Gladys Knight to sing The Star Spangled Banner at Super Bowl!
It has been announced that soul legend Gladys Knight will perform the US national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner” at the opening of this years Super Bowl in Georgia, Atlanta on 3rd February, echoing her classic song “Midnight Train To Georgia”.
The 74 year old who can boast of over 60 years in music and performed at Aretha Franklin’s funeral last year will headline the event where Maroon 5 will take to the stage for the half time show along with rapper Travis Scott and Big Boi.
Recently there had been criticism directed at some black artists for failing to show solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapaernick, who has been without a club since 2016 after ‘taking a knee’ during the performance of the anthem in protest against racial injustices, But in an interview with Variety, Knight said “I intend to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life”.
Apparently Rihanna and Cardi B turned down the opportunity to play to an audience of over 100 million because of the on-going tensions that exist.
But perhaps with an unquestionable and outstanding career behind her, only a giant can lift hearts and blow away any fears there may be of potential trouble and outspoken minds.
Apart from “Georgia”, Gladys Knight will be remembered for her work with the group The Pips in the 1950’s through to the 1970’s with hits like “Every Beat Of My Heart”, “Take Me In Your Arms And Love Me”, “Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)” and “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”.
In 1985 she teamed up with Dionne Warwick, Elton John and Stevie Wonder for the number one “That’s What Friends Are For” and in 1989 performed the title song from the James Bond film “Licence To Kill”. In 1996 Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.