The Empress of Soul is in the building! Gladys Knight nailed the Super Bowl LIII on Sunday with her rousing rendition of the national anthem. The seven-time Grammy winner, 74, who was born and raised in Atlanta, wore a white dress and silver booties with an embellished headband for her performance — which was intercut with footage of armed service members. As Knight hit the final note, F-16 Fighting Falcons flew over the stadium in formation. Ahead of her performance, Knight shared how honored she was to sing at the Super Bowl.
“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” the legendary singer said in a statement released by the NFL.
Knight’s performance was a huge hit on social media, with many praising the iconic singer.
Knight joins a notable list of artists who have performed the song over the years, including Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, and most recently Pink, who performed on the field last year while having the flu.