This Anthem Controversy Is Not What You'd Expect

The singer nailed her performance. 

The legendary singer performed during the pre-show on Sunday (February 3) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.

1996 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Motown legend Gladys Knight delivered a rendition of the national anthem before Super Bowl LIII kickoff. Americans wagered an estimated $6 billion on the big game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams - including an especially popular "prop bet" or "proposition bet" on how long it would take Gladys Knight to sing the national anthem.

Gladys Knight had a gem of an anthem, but how long was it? Most betting lines for how long Knight's Anthem would go were around 1:49 - 1:51 but Knight dragged out the final word in the song - fearless - and may have even said it twice.

"I understand that Mr. [Colin] Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice", the "Neither One Of Us" hitmaker shared in a lengthy statement to TMZ. However, even with her lengthy powerhouse notes, the singer's performance was set at 1:49.

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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". This is my state, my city and I love my country.

Other than Knight's performance, deaf activist Aarron Loggins will sign both the anthem and "America The Beautiful" for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Most betting sites have the over/under at 1:50, meaning the anthem hit the over.

Several artists, such as Rihanna and Cardi B, reportedly declined to perform at this year's Super Bowl. In doing so, she follows former Super Bowl anthem performers Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Neil Diamond, Cher, and Kelly Clarkson.

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