“Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, according to the NFL and CBS, which will broadcast the game on February 3. Super Bowl LIII will be hosted in Knight’s hometown of Atlanta. The seven-time Grammy winner said she is proud to sing the anthem — a pre-game tradition which has sparked a polarizing debate over the last two football seasons. “I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”In May 2018, the NFL mandated that all players must stand for the national anthem and if they didn’t, teams could discipline them. However, ahead of the season the NFL backed off the new policy. The league announced its “Inspire Change” initiative earlier this month to showcase “the collaborative efforts of players, owners and the league to create positive change in communities across the country,” the NFL said in a statement. The joint NFL players-owners working group approved two new social justice grants to Big Brothers Big Sisters of… Read full this story
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