"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta"

By Charlotte Carroll
January 17, 2019

R&B star and seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Feb. 3, the NFL and CBS announced Thursday.

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

Knight, nicknamed the Empress of Soul, is an Atlanta native and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. She got her start with her group Gladys Knight and the Pips by churning out songs in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. She is known for No. 1 singles "Midnight Train to Georgia," "That's What Friends Are For," and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during the big game's halftime show.

Grammy-award winner Pink performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to last year's Super Bowl.

This year's game will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.

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