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Motown legend Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at Super Bowl LIII

Motown legend Gladys Knight to sing national anthem at Super Bowl LIII

While we don't yet know if the New England Patriots will be heading to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII on February 3, we do finally know the answer to some of the burning questions about the big game's entertainment. The "Empress of Soul", Gladys Knight, will sing the tune, following Pink a year ago.

NPR Music hip-hop journalist Rodney Carmichael points out that with the National Football League is holding the Super Bowl in Atlanta this year, organizers lost out on a great opportunity to make the halftime performance an Atlanta-themed show because of the amount of hip-hop artists who stand in solidarity with Kaepernick. Last year, Justin Timberlake graced the stage for Super Bowl LII, giving one local teen his brush with fame as "selfie kid." .

It's not only the treatment of Kaepernick, but the the rich white men at the Super Bowl and CBS, including the creepy Les Moonves (who attempted to destroy Janet Jackson's career over a wardrobe malfunction in 2004, letting Justin Timberlake walked away unscathed).

The Super Bowl could just as easily have a fresh look with new faces like Mahomes and Goff as it could two veteran gunslingers like Brady and Brees.

As a result, Maroon 5 reportedly had a hard time finding guests to join them for the event. Finally, three weeks after word of Scott's performance was first reported, he and former Outkast member (and Atlanta native) Big Boi were confirmed as halftime performers with Maroon 5.

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Scott, one of the headliners at Boston Calling 2019, is riding high off of his recent #1 album "Astroworld" and its #1 single "Sicko Mode".

The Empress of Soul will kick off the festivities at Super Bowl LIII.

The former San Francisco 49er is now suing the NFL with claims that the NFL and team owners colluded to keep him out of the league.

"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. "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".

Sadly, the Pips are not scheduled to sing backup for Knight during the national anthem.