I heard it through the grapevine that Gladys Knight will sing theat Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3rd. Gladys (and her “Pips”) performed such classic songs as “What’s Going On,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” Incredibly, the iconic 74-year-old African-American singer has taken some flack for agreeing to sing the anthem.
In a statement obtained by TMZ Sports she said that she will not stand down despite the backlash she’s received. She noted: “I understand that [Colin] Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our national anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the national anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone. I am here today and on Sunday, February 3rd, to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life.” She added: “I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII. No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it. I pray that this national anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”
One truth is easy to untangle-- and hard to ignore: Gladys Knight is one classy human being.
We should all be glad Gladys agreed to take this Midnight Train to Georgia.