Music legend and civil rights icon Gladys Knight faced some left-wing backlash when she agreed to perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl.
Despite the criticism, Knight refused to kneel or make a political statement in support of ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Sunday. Instead, she delivered a jaw-dropping rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” making the crowd erupt in cheers and applause.
Watch her epic performance below:
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Making her performance even more pro-Americas, USAF Thunderbirds flew overhead during her performance:
The reaction on Twitter was overwhelmingly positive:
Knight never gave too much thought to those criticizing her for performing the national anthem in the politically charged climate.
“Everybody got their opinions, you know, about whatever it is. But once we get into that love thing, it all just comes together and goes wherever, and we end up clapping and having a good time,” she said in a recent interview.
She also told CNN’s Don Lemon: "People are going to have their opinions about whatever, and all I can deal with right now is what my heart says. I just want them to know that we have a country that's worth standing up for.”