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Old 01-17-2019, 02:12 PM
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Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem

When Atlanta hosts Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, it will have a hometown star taking center stage prior to the biggest game of the NFL season.

As CBS and the NFL announced Thursday, seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem before kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, marking a Super Sunday homecoming for the Atlanta-born Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

With No. 1 hits in pop, Gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, Knight has been a music legend since her rise to stardom between the 1960s and 1980s, when she dropped classics like "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "That's What Friends Are For." Recognized as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, she and The Pips entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Knight is also particularly celebrated in Atlanta, where, in 2015, she was honored with the renaming of Atlanta's State Route 9 from Peachtree Street to 14th Street as Gladys Knight Highway.

Following in the footsteps of Cher, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel and countless other celebrity anthem guests, Knight says she is "proud" to represent the NFL in singing before Super Bowl LIII.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," she said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In addition to Knight's performance, performance and deaf activist Aarron Loggins will sign both the anthem and "America The Beautiful" on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:38 PM
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Over/Under: 1 minute, 50 seconds

She is getting up there at 74 years old, which may cause various theories about how long it will take her.

Does she have the stamina to go over the mark? Will an older singer sing slower than what we are used to? The betting market will have about two-and-a-half-weeks to figure that out, as the line will surely fluctuate from now until kickoff.

Last year, P!nk went under her listed time of two minutes flat by about eight seconds. Bettors caught wind of the fact that she had the flu leading up to the big game, which surely resulted in the swing of huge sums of money.

That marked the 3rd straight under to hit.

Unders have actually hit in 9 of the past 12 years, with Idina Manzel being the most recent to go over in Super Bowl 49.

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Old 01-20-2019, 12:23 PM
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Seen her live 3 different times in Vegas, Woman can sing!!!
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