The legendary “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight, has officially signed on to sing the national anthem during the 2019 Super Bowl in her hometown of Atlanta.
Knight shared her excitement in a statement from the NFL, saying, “I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta. The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
The NFL has had trouble booking performers for the year’s biggest game due to its treatment of former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick. Several A-list artists turned down working with the league, including Rihanna, Cardi B and JAY-Z. “Sicko Mode” spitter Travis Scott, however, has agreed to join “This Love” collective Maroon 5 onstage for the halftime performance.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.