There's been a lot of controversy surrounding this year's Super Bowl halftime performance participants. Mainly due to the collusion accusations brought up by former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The executives at the National Football League have approached the likes of major music acts like Rihanna and Jay Z who both rejected the NFL's offers in support of Kaepernick and the other NFL athletes who were being persecuted for peacefully protesting police brutality against African-Americans and other people of color.
However, it appears that the NFL has prevailed in finding some suitable mainstream music acts to perform during Super Bowl LII which is set to take place on Feb. 3, 2019, at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Back in September, it was revealed that Maroon 5 would be headlining the halftime show while it was recently announced that hip-hop acts Travis Scott (Tickets) and ATL's very own Big Boi are also on the bill as guest acts. Travis Scott agreed to perform only under the condition that the NFL join him in making a donation to social justice organization the Dream Corps. Now, the NFL has announced that the 'Empress of Soul,' the legendary Gladys Knight (Tickets) will be performing the national anthem during the pregame segment of this year's Super Bowl festivities.
There are also rumors of Atlanta's very own Jermaine Dupri and Lil Jon performing during the halftime show as well. But, with Gladys Knight having one of the most beautiful singing voices in current existence, we're hoping her sultry singing can bring the masses together for a greater purpose and ultimately spark conversations of progression and change.