What a way to kick off a Thanksgiving full of football! The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, gave a rousing performance of the national anthem ahead of the NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. The performance, needless to say, absolutely slayed.
Never has “slay, queen, slay” been more accurate. Aretha, 74, a Detroit native and Motown icon, gave love back to her hometown when she appeared before kickoff of the Nov. 24 NFL game. It didn’t matter if fans were rooting for the hometown Detroit Lions or their rivals, the Minnesota Vikings: all were fans of the immortal Aretha Franklin, especially after her rendition of “the Star Spangled Banner.”
Seated a piano that was on the field, Aretha — decked out in a luxurious fur coat and Detroit winter cap — gave life to everyone at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. While it was a bit longer than usual, the queen took everyone to church. This spiritual, powerful and soulful rendition will be remembered for a long time. Though, considering just exactly how long it was, some fans hope they can forget it.
NFL 2016 Live 1 (00) – Aretha Franklin sings the National Anthem https://t.co/9tjUuAvUNp
— 🖇thinking diehard (@hanae_56_20) November 24, 2016
Ms.Aretha Franklin Jus put some sole in Thanksgiving! Gave people Chills! pic.twitter.com/25PhWGDMBS
— Donnie Sr. (@Donnie94071503) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin's voice will undoubtedly be the best part of this game. Happy thanksgiving errbody!
— Alex Coto (@theCoto) November 24, 2016
Lord, does Aretha Franklin have a beautiful voice…would melt butter!
— JP (@Brewhaman) November 24, 2016
Aretha, an 18-time Grammy winner and the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, gave all her fans a scare in August 2016 when she canceled concerts for a month due to doctor’s orders. This included a solo show at Radio City Music Hall and the Tony Bennet Celebrates 90 concert. Thankfully, she has gotten better in time for Thanksgiving!
She received another honor ahead of the game, as American poet Sharon Olds, 74, remembered how Aretha’s voice gave her life. “I danced at parties throughout high school and college. I loved it,” she told The Wall Street Journal. “After graduating from Stanford University in ’65 and moving to New York to study at Columbia University, I was at a party where we danced to Otis Redding’s “Respect.”
“Then in ’67, I heard Aretha’s version at a party. When I danced to the record, it was as if she was speaking through me. The way she sang Redding’s words, they took on a new, feminist meaning.” The power of Aretha certainly has made people move, made them cry and made them think. All hail the Queen!
What did you think about Aretha’s rendition of the US National anthem, HollywoodLifers? Did it give you life?