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Just days after the National Football League announced that the "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" singer will be singing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 2019, the Grammy victor chose to defend her decision to participate in the festivities. Today it was announced the legendary Gladys Knight agreed to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and now she is getting hit hard on social media. Kaepernick made headlines when he kneeled during the National Anthem in protest of the racial inequality in the United States, and he hasn't played professionally since 2017.

"Show the hundreds of millions of people watching that you stand in solidarity with Kaepernick and all players who protest police brutality", the petition read.

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No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and can not be made so by anyone speaking it. "I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us".

This seems to be the debate with some of the national anthem singers - there weren't any Pink renditions anywhere, although the Super Bowl LI performer Luke Bryan had done it a few times at sporting events. Sources close to both men told Variety that the conversation was cordial and respectful, although the two did not necessarily agree. The announcement comes just days after Travis Scott and Big Boi were confirmed to be performing along with Maroon 5 at this year's halftime show.

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