Gladys Knight Kicks Off Super Bowl 2019 With National Anthem

Gladys Knight Kicks Off Super Bowl 2019 With National Anthem

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

"Oh my [Gladys Knight]- unbelievable performance of the anthem", one fan tweeted.

Getty Editorial The singer nailed her performance.

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice", Knight said, through her rep, in a statement to ET.

If only one "brave" was sung at the end, the under would have hit.

Knight told the news outlet she's been working for civil rights and singing the anthem since she was a little girl.

Colin Kaepernick's attorney, Mark Geragos, said this week that Super Bowl performers, including Knight, are "crossing an intellectual picket line; they're saying to themselves, 'I care more about my career than whether what I'm doing is right, '" according to The Associated Press.

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Nobody's going to get rich or go bankrupt on the national anthem prop bet; most books keep limits somewhere between $50 and $500.

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice", Knight wrote in a January 17 statement to Variety.

The seven-time Grammy Award victor said in January that she was proud to represent the city in front of the millions watching. "My background. My family that lifted me up", Knight said. It's really as simple as that. "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".

People on Twitter loved Knight's stirring performance.

The first controversy of Super Bowl LIII has surfaced, but it's not tied to the game itself.

"I pray that this national anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us", she shared.

Given that the game's taking place at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, what representative of Atlanta could possibly be equipped to belt out the Star Spangled Banner?

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