January 17, 2019
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A week after the NFL confirmed Maroon 5 and rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi as their Super Bowl LIII half time acts, the organization has announced Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem during the big game.
“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 74-year-old said.
Knight’s involvement may be controversial for some, pending Colin Kaepernick‘s current grievance against the NFL, after what he and his lawyer Mark Geragos are calling collusion.
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) October 16, 2017
Scott and Big Boi have been under fire all week for their participation, given JAY-Z, Rihanna and Cardi B all opted out over the last year, out of support for Kaepernick.
After the outcry, reports surfaced that the 26-year-old rapper came to an “understanding” with Kap, a fact, his girlfriend, MTV/VH1 personality Nessa Diab vehemently denies.
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1. Artists don’t get paid to perform at “the big game.” These performers are CHOOSING to do this for a “look.” 2. The fact that many people have told him don’t support the organization that has blackballed @kaepernick7 for standing up for people and he still does it anyways, shows more about him than anything else. 💁🏽♀️ AND! If someone wants to work with the opposition then that’s on them, BUT DO NOT have your team lie to reporters to insinuate Colin was okay with anyone working against him. PERIOD
TELL US: Do Travis, Glady and Big Boi deserved to be taken to task over their decision — Fair or foul?