NEW YORK — Super Bowl LIII is shaping up to be quite the Atlanta-centric affair. On Thursday, the NFL announced that music legend Gladys Knight, a native of the city, will perform the national anthem at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 3. “I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
Knight is a seven-time Grammy winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who is perhaps best known for her Billboard No. 1 singles, “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For,” and her 11 No. 1 R&B singles, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”
Another Atlanta native, Big Boi, will perform along with Maroon5 and Travis Scott during the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
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Road closures are set to begin Monday for several downtown and midtown Atlanta streets, ahead of the game.
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31st August 1978: Gladys Knight And The Pips (left to right) Merald ‘Bubba’ Knight, Edward Patten and William Sweet. (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images)