Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, belted out one of the best renditions of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday night. She came under fire for accepting the gig from those who support Colin Kaepernick, but she smacked them down with grace:

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our national anthem has been dragged into this debate, when the distinctive senses of the national anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

Here is video of her singing:

Some have called it the best National Anthem they’ve ever heard. While I agree it was great, I still put it slightly behind Whitney Houston:

What do you think? Did you enjoy Knight’s rendition? Do you prefer Knight or Houston?


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