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Andra Day on Critical Reaction to Her 2024 Super Bowl Performance: 'I Have Peace' (Exclusive)

The Grammy winner performed her rendition of the Black National Anthem ahead of kickoff

<p>Gilbert Flores/Billboard via Getty</p> Andra Day at Billboard Women in Music 2024 held at YouTube Theater on March 6, 2024 in Inglewood

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Andra Day at Billboard Women in Music 2024 held at YouTube Theater on March 6, 2024 in Inglewood

Andra Day doesn’t live her life based on what others think.

On Wednesday, the “Rise Up” singer spoke exclusively to PEOPLE at the Billboard Women in Music Awards at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, California about her recent 2024 Super Bowl performance.

Day stole the show with her rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is also known as “The Black National Anthem” before kickoff, however, it wasn’t without a bit of backlash — though she isn’t concerned with the critics. 

“I really didn't interpret the backlash, you know? It all really comes down to, for me, my faith, right? I'm a very spiritual person, which is different for everyone,” the “Stand Up for Something” songstress, 39, told PEOPLE.

<p>Jamie Squire/Getty</p> Andra Day performs ahead of the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas in February 2024

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Andra Day performs ahead of the 2024 Super Bowl in Las Vegas in February 2024

She also considered people having a difference in opinion to be “a normal thing.”

Day added that instead of focusing on the negative commentary, she'd rather focus on the good in life.

“You can just live, and you can walk in [your] purpose, and you can really have peace about that,” she said.

Related: Andra Day Performs Moving Rendition of the Black National Anthem 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' Ahead of Super Bowl

During her conversation with PEOPLE, Day discussed what it meant to her to “stand in the shoes of Sheryl Lee Ralph,” who performed the Black National Anthem at the 2023 Super Bowl.

“It was an honor to sing a song that actually unifies people, that truly brings people together, so, you know, the naysayers will always be there. And bless them too, you know what I'm saying? I have peace about it, full peace, for sure,” Day said. She also praised Alicia Keys, who later joined Usher for the 2024 halftime show.

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<p>Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic</p> Andra Day at the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show Press Conference in Las Vegas in February 2024

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Andra Day at the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show Press Conference in Las Vegas in February 2024

Ahead of Super Bowl weekend, the United States vs. Billie Holiday actress was joined by Post Malone, and Reba McEntire for a sit down with Apple Music to let fans know what to expect for the Big Game.

Related: Andra Day Hopes for an 'Out of Body Experience' Performing at Super Bowl 2024: 'Gonna Be Shaking Like Hell'

Speaking at the televised press conference, Day expressed her excitement to share “such an important piece of our culture with the world."

“It feels intentional. I like to do things with intention and with purpose,’ she said, calling the song “a hymn of triumph.”

She, Malone, 28, and McEntire, 68, performed during different segments at the annual sporting event.

<p>Amy Sussman/Getty</p> Andra Day at Billboard Women in Music 2024 held at YouTube Theater on March 6, 2024 in Inglewood

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Andra Day at Billboard Women in Music 2024 held at YouTube Theater on March 6, 2024 in Inglewood

Before wrapping her conversation with PEOPLE at the Billboard Women in Music event on Wednesday, the Grammy winner was happy to discuss her upcoming project Cassandra.

“I'm excited because I'm actually producing on this record as well,” she said while opening up about having “more creative control” this time around.

“I brought my band into the studio to produce with me, I brought some friends into the studio to produce with me. So, the truth of the matter is, I feel like I have been like 10 different people in the last few years of my life.”

“You know, between the movies and just the different seasons of my life, going through breakups. Like I said, I'm really at a place where I'm just, I'm taking the good with the bad and I'm grateful for it all, and this album reflects that,” she said.

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