Legendary singer Gladys Knight slammed those who criticized her for singing the national anthem at the 2019 Super Bowl.
During an interview with CNN, host Don Lemon questioned why Knight agreed to perform the anthem, suggesting it might hurt her legacy. Knight fired back, saying she wasn’t worried about what other people thought.
“I believe in fairness,” Knight said. “I believe in truth. I believe in all of those things, and as far as this is concerned, I grew up with the national anthem. We used to sing it in school before school started. We used to say prayers in school before school started, and we just don’t have that anymore and I’m just — I’m just hoping that it will be about our country and how we treat each other and being the great country that we are.”
She also defended the anthem as a way of showing gratitude to those who have sacrificed their lives for the United States.
“You know what? Nothing good comes easy,” said Knight. “If we start denying the anthem, there are so many people that have died for our country and there are so many people in my family that are still part of, you know, just standing for the country, they are in the services and that kind of thing and just to not say that if you really listen to the lyrics of the beginning, you’ll understand that. We have fought hard for a long time and not just in wars.”