Gladys Knight To Sing At Super Bowl
By Fabiola Antunes
January 18, 2019
Gladys Knight is best known for her hits Midnight Train to Georgia and That’s What Friends Are For, which both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 and 1986. She is seen here performing onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America.
Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem during Super Bowl LIII. The seven-time Grammy-winner’s performance will take place during the pre-game festivities and be televised live on CBS before the game’s kickoff, according to a report by Jordan Moreau of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Gladys Knight said. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
Gladys Knight is best known for her hits Midnight Train to Georgia and That’s What Friends Are For, which both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 and 1986, respectively. Additionally, she has 11 more Billboard No. 1 R&B singles and six No. 1 R&B albums. In 1996, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with her band, the Pips.
The Empress of Soul joins fellow legendary artists who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Neil Diamond.
Maroon 5 and Travis Scott will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3. Both Maroon 5 and Travis Scott’s involvement has drawn backlash in light of the recent NFL national anthem protests.
Representatives of Gladys Knight did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment regarding the controversies.