Time to money in! Mickey Guyton sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13, and her efficiency clocked in at one minute and 51 seconds.
Sports followers have been betting on the size of the nationwide anthem on the Super Bowl for years, along with extra conventional bets concerning the precise soccer sport. Ahead of the showdown between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, most betting websites had the over-under for the 2022 nationwide anthem set at one minute and 35 seconds.
Last year’s anthem singers, Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church, went nicely over that size with their rendition of the track, which clocked in at 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Theirs was the longest efficiency of the nationwide anthem on the Super Bowl since 2013, when Alicia Keys took 2 minutes and 35 minutes to finish the track.
After Guyton, 38, landed the 2022 gig, she instructed The Los Angeles Times that she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” so typically in highschool that she turned often called the “national anthem girl” amongst her classmates.
“The first time I sung it was at a basketball game when I was 13, and I kept my eyes closed the whole time,” the “Remember Her Name” songstress recalled. “But then they asked me to sing at every game after that.”
In the identical interview, Guyton pointed to Whitney Houston‘s iconic 1991 efficiency at Super Bowl XXV as considered one of her all-time favorites. “I’ve heard a lot of anthems, but I feel like she evoked the truest meaning of America when she sang it,” the Grammy nominee stated. “I felt so proud to be an American after that. I was like, ‘Yes! America!’ That’s what I want, to feel that again. I want everyone to feel that again.”
Ahead of Sunday’s efficiency, Guyton didn’t hesitate to name out social media trolls who claimed she received the gig due to her race. “This is what I see in my mentions on a daily basis. It never stops,” the “Black Like Me” singer wrote through Instagram on Wednesday, February 9, alongside a screenshot of a hateful message about her. “But guess what. I will never stop.”
The commenter claimed that the Texas native was being “used as a prop,” however Guyton — and her well-known pals and colleagues — didn’t let the insult stand. “Imagine being here just to write & make music that brings people joy and connection and you have THIS to contend with every. damn. day,” Maren Morris wrote in an Instagram Story responding to the screenshot. “@mickeyguyton you are loved and playing the damn SUPER BOWL this week.”
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