Looking as regal as ever and singing America’s song like it’s rarely been sung, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin started the NFL’s Thanksgiving feast with a rousing.
Historically lengthy performance of the national anthem before the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions kicked off the league’s three-game holiday slate.
Aretha Franklin, dressed for a blizzard in a mink coat and puffed winter hat even though Ford Field being an indoor stadium, clocked in at a whopping 4 minutes, 35 seconds with her tremendous, powerful anthem.
The 74-year-old, sounding like she did a half-century ago, played her first notes on a piano before launching into a soulful, interpretive performance of The Star-Spangled Banner that had multiple runs, vocal licks, vibratos, falsetto and everything else you used to hear during an episode of American Idol.
How long is 4:26? The average length of the last 10 Super Bowl national anthems has been 1:57. Only one song on Abbey Road is longer.
Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera – didn’t even hit two minutes at her Super Bowl performance and she held that last note like she was imitating Axl Rose.
For anybody else, it would have far been too long a performance. Aretha isn’t anybody else though.