Andra Day carried out “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” generally known as the Black nationwide anthem, forward of Tremendous Bowl LVIII and acquired a rousing ovation from the followers at Allegiant Stadium.
Day was tapped to sing the tune final month as a part of the NFL’s pregame festivities. Moreover, Reba McEntire sang the nationwide anthem and Submit Malone did “America the Stunning.”
As Tremendous Bowl Sunday arrived and Day sang, NFL followers on social media hurled criticism for the league having the Black nationwide anthem carried out. It began early within the day and continued.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., wrote on X a couple of dialog he had along with his spouse about why they weren’t going to look at the Tremendous Bowl.
“They’re desecrating America’s Nationwide Anthem by enjoying one thing referred to as the ‘Black Nationwide Anthem,’” he wrote.
Rep. Mike Loychik, a Republican lawmaker within the Ohio Home of Representatives, criticized the NFL.
“There’s no such factor as a black nationwide anthem,” he wrote on X. “We’re all AMERICANS, united by our nice and exquisite Star Spangled Banner. The Tremendous Bowl is meant to deliver us collectively. “It’s a shame that the NFL determined to push the politics of racial division once more.”
Conservative pundit CJ Pearson wrote on X: “Earlier than tonight’s Tremendous Bowl, as a younger black man and proud American, let me make myself clear: There may be solely ONE nationwide anthem. As there may be solely ONE United States of America. And it’s for EVERYONE – white, black, yellow, and even maroon. The Left’s agenda of division isn’t simply useless; it’s exhausting.”
“No such factor as a ‘Black Nationwide Anthem’ … The top,” politician Graham Allen wrote.
Day carried out on the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective occasion in Los Angeles and at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala with Stevie Marvel, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Keyshia Cole and Frederic Yonnet.
“If I’m right here, I’m of the mindset that I’m referred to as to be right here,” she instructed the Related Press on Thursday. “It is an enormous second. I do not wish to simply do nicely, however I really need folks to come across the spirit.”
Day instructed “CBS Mornings” on Friday she was hit with nerves as she was rehearsing the tune. She hoped the tune would permit folks to “share in a very, actually stunning, non secular second collectively.”
The NFL began to play the Black nationwide anthem within the 2020 season following the dying of George Floyd by the hands of Minneapolis law enforcement officials. The incident began a wave of actions in opposition to racial injustice throughout the U.S.
The NAACP started to advertise “Elevate Each Voice and Sing” because the Black nationwide anthem in 1917.
The Related Press contributed to this report.