Watch: Gladys Knight performs stirring rendition of the US national anthem at NBA All-Star Game

by | Mar. 08, 2021

Each year, the NBA hosts an All-Star game featuring 24 of the star players—and this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game also featured a special theme: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

So who better to sing the United States national anthem than Gladys Knight? The seven-time GRAMMY Award winner graduated from one of the nation’s oldest HBCUs, Shaw University.

Several elements of the All-Star Game highlighted connections to HBCUs: the location of Atlanta, the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr.; a court designed by artists who attended HBCUs; and referees who graduated from HBCUs. The game also generated $3 million for HBCUs.

Twitter users praised Knight’s performance calling it “beautiful,” “amazing,” and “hope-filled.”

Knight joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1997. In 2018, she directed the choir at the Church’s “Be One” celebration.

Watch Knight’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Twitter.


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