Just moments before kick-off at Super Bowl LVI, Mickey Guyton took to the field at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California to perform the National Anthem.
Guyton, 38, wore a blue dress as she delivered a chill-bump-inducing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the field. She was backed by a choir, who sported all-white ensembles.
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She recently opened up on the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl with the New York Post and shared why the moment will be so special to her.
“It’s Black History Month, and a black country singer gets to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Wow,” Guyton told The Post. “This is a huge moment for me. It’s a huge moment for black people. And I want to represent that in the best possible way that I can.”
The GRAMMY nominee went on to share how she hopes to unite Americans through the song.
“I set my intentions with singing the national anthem. I was like, ‘OK, togetherness is what I really want,’” she said. “So, I felt the way that people would feel togetherness is if I had a choir, with people that I believe represent America. And, you know, I have everybody from my black queen to a redneck cowboy to a girl that has one leg in this choir. And that’s the America that I’m proud of — us all standing together. We all belong.”
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Before her performance, the “Lay It On Me” singer gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at what went into preparing for the big moment with a video on Instagram. Click above to watch.