Gladys Knight to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

The Super Bowl just got more soulful.

Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem during Super Bowl LIII. The seven-time Grammy-winner’s performance will take place during the pre-game festivities and be televised live on CBS before the game’s kickoff.

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

Knight is best known for her hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” which both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973 and 1986, respectively. Additionally, she has 11 more Billboard No. 1 R&B singles and six No. 1 R&B albums. In 1996, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with her band, the Pips.

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THE GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS SHOW -- Air Date 07/17/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) The Pips: William Guest, Eddie Patten, Merald 'Bubba' Knight, Gladys Knight -- Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBCU Photo Bank
THE GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS SHOW -- Air Date 07/17/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) The Pips: William Guest, Eddie Patten, Merald 'Bubba' Knight, Gladys Knight -- Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBCU Photo Bank
THE GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS SHOW -- Air Date 07/17/1975 -- Pictured: (l-r) The Pips: Eddie Patten, William Guest, Merald 'Bubba' Knight, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Walker -- Photo by: Paul W. Bailey/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'Show Coverage' 1981 Gladys Knight and the Pips (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Singer Gladys Knight and The Pips attending 12th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1985 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'Show Coverage' - Airdate March 7, 1985. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) DICK CLARK;GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS
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THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL -- Episode 11 -- Pictured: Gladys Knight (right) & the Pips (Photo by Paul W. Bailey/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 14: Photo of Gladys KNIGHT and Gladys KNIGHT & The Pips; Performing on the Harry Secombe Show -, (Photo by Echoes/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1967: 1967, New York, New York City, Gladys Knight and the Pips, L-R: William Guest, Edward Patten, Merald Bubba Knight, Gladys Knight. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Gladys KNIGHT & The Pips and Gladys KNIGHT and Edward PATTEN and Bubba KNIGHT and William GUEST; Posed studio group portrait L-R Edward Patten, Gladys Knight, Bubba Knight and William Guest (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
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The Empress of Soul joins fellow legendary artists who have sung the Super Bowl National Anthem, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Neil Diamond.

Maroon 5 and Travis Scott will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Feb. 3. Both Maroon 5 and Travis Scott’s involvement has drawn backlash in light of the recent NFL national anthem protests.

Knight’s representatives did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment regarding the controversies.

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