Gladys Knight, Chloe x Halle shine to open Super Bowl 53

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Motown legend Gladys Knight performs the Amercam National Anthem prior to Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots on February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, Ga. — Gladys Knight scored a touchdown with her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl 53.

The legend’s voice shined brightly Sunday, as she hit all the right notes ahead of the big game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta.

Noise and controversy surrounded the 74-year-old’s performance since some have boycotted the NFL over treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. While some performers declined participation in the Super Bowl, Knight said she hoped her anthem would unite people.

Before Knight performed, the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle harmonized like a veteran girl group as they sang “America the Beautiful.”

Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi headlined the halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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