When Gladys Knight took to the field ahead of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia, the American viewing public was reminded why the longtime performer earned the name “The Empress of Soul.”
Many people remember Gladys for her work in 1960s – 1980s with the R&B group Gladys Knight & The Pips. You can still hear her voice on the radio on any given day, crooning old favorites like “Midnight Train To Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For.”
In 2019, she lent her impressive pipes and graceful stage presence to the Super Bowl National Anthem, and as usual the Empress did not disappoint! As fans all over the country waited for the action between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams to begin, Gladys treated us all to a subtly emotional performance that left us all wiping away tears.
The seventy-four-year-old singer looked incredible in her caped white dress. We’re truly in awe of her poise and ease in front of millions of fans in the stadium and at home. The 8-time Grammy winner handled the pressure with her usual grace, letting her talent shine as she honored our country with a gorgeous version of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
The camera panned throughout the crowd, focusing on the football players and fans as they waited patiently for the game to begin. Overseas, our service men and women stood at attention as the diva’s soothing vocals filled the air waves.
Gladys really made the National Anthem special and set the tone of honor and respect for the evening. She also reminded us all that she’s a national treasure herself, just in case anybody forgot!
Some people think the halftime show is when the stars begin to shine, but Gladys Knight made sure to sparkle and shine way before the game even got started. What a wonderful treat for all of us proud Americans!
Watch Gladys giving a beautiful performance of the National Anthem below, and be sure to share this remarkable moment with others!
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