Andra Day certainly made ours just before the big game.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” ahead of Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday, broadcast live from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
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The song, widely regarded as the Black national anthem, features lyrics written by James Weldon Johnson in 1900, and music composed by his brother John Rosamond Johnson.
Watch video of Day’s Super Bowl performance below.
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“It’s a hymn of triumph, and that’s what I want people to encounter when I sing this song,” she told People before her big moment. “I want them to know that we have victory, and we have peace already… It feels like there’s an honor.”
Day rose to fame with her 2015 debut album Cheers to the Fall, which featured the triple-platinum single “Rise Up” and earned her Grammy nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance.
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She made her acting debut in 2021 portraying the legendary titular singer in United States vs. Billie Holiday, becoming the second Black woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama after Whoopi Goldberg, who took home the statuette in 1986 for portraying Celie in The Color Purple. The United States vs. Billie Holiday soundtrack also earned Day a Grammy in 2022 for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.
Additional Super Bowl LVIII pregame performers include the iconic Reba McEntire singing the national anthem and Grammy-nominated artist Post Malone belting “America the Beautiful.” Plus, the game wouldn’t be complete without the highly anticipated halftime show, which finds multi-award-winning singer and performer Usher headlining this year.
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