Aretha Franklin sang the national anthem today in Detroit before the Lions took on the Vikings in the first NFL game of the day, and she took a long time in doing it. And Twitter noticed.
But she also put her heart and soul into it, as only the Queen of Soul can. And Twitter noticed that, too.
Franklin’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” clocked in at about 4 minutes and 35 seconds. It was noticeably leisurely. She also played the piano, and the musical pace was solemn and methodical. Her voice was pure, clear, and filled with emotion. Franklin, who is 74 and is closely associated with Detroit, was a national treasure singing the national anthem in a manner that invited — and perhaps required — listeners to really stop and hear the music.
Maybe it was just what was needed after a stunning election and divisive political campaign.
On the football field, dozens of people held a mammoth American flag, fluttering it throughout the music.
Twitter immediately weighed in:
Yes it's longer than usual but hey, it's Aretha Franklin. What a beautiful rendition...she's not called the Queen of Soul for nothing. https://t.co/zY9eqo4Rck— Olivia Heath (@Liv_Heath) November 24, 2016
It's hard to appreciate with family members around but Aretha Franklin's SSB was the most beautiful, soulful, moving performance— Tyler Rist (@tyler_rist9) November 24, 2016
Aretha likely sd to herself, Imma sing it MY WAY.Rousing performance, superb artistry, troubling tensions in the true meaning of the anthem.— Seychelles_Green (@activistHistori) November 24, 2016
Just pulled up the Aretha Franklin national anthem on YouTube, started it, took a nap, woke up and heard the end. #napsrock— Preston Rash (@chancarpoke) November 24, 2016