Superstar musician Gladys Knight responded to the backlash she received after accepting an invitation to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII — and her response was 100 percent class.
The Super Bowl is set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
What did she say?
In a statement obtained by TMZ Sports, Knight said that she's praying the Super Bowl national anthem will unite — rather than continue to divide — America.
"I understand that [Colin] Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice," Knight began.
The music legend went on to highlight her disappointment that the national anthem at NFL games has become such a divisive topic.
"It is unfortunate that our national anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the national anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone," her statement continued, noting that she will not stand down despite the backlash she has received.
"I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3, to give the anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good," Knight continued.
"I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country's anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII," she added. "No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it."
"I pray that this national anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us," her statement concluded.