Gladys Knight to Sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LIII
Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII, the NFL announced on Thursday, January 17.
“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” the Empress of Soul, 74, said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
While Knight sings “The Star-Spangled Banner,” deaf activist Aarron Loggins will sign in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf. He will also sign “America the Beautiful.”
“I hope that this anthem will touch people in a different way,” the R&B legend said in a video released by the NFL on Thursday. “We’ve been singing it forever, but this time I would hope that [people] will feel it so deeply that it will lift them to a higher place. That’s what I feel when I sing this song. This is who we are, this is how we are and this is what we do. Get ready, Atlanta. I’m coming home!”