Mickey Guyton just performed a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and we couldn’t be more in awe.
After a smashing debut in 2020, the four-time Grammy-nominated singer took the field in a stunning rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, following in the footsteps of stars like Demi Lovato, as well as Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church.
You can watch the performance below!
The celebrated country star first gained a legion of fans after she performed her lead single at the American Country Music Awards, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her,” inspired by her experiences as a Black woman in a male-dominated industry and genre. The singer is known for her powerful ballads like, “Black Like Me,” an homage to George Floyd released one week after his death.
The singer announced the news just two weeks before the Super Bowl to the excitement of her diehard fans on Twitter. It’s a big moment for the Super Bowl in general—the national anthem during the biggest game of the year is an honored position, and for a genre that’s so dominated by white musicians, Guyton is creating her legacy and rising up to the moment.
“We’re used to being unseen. We’re used to the microaggressions, we’re used to the constant battles of trying to just be who you are,” she told Billboard after receiving hate for speaking up about her struggles with trying to make it in the business.
“Finally, the veil has been lifted, and we’re like, ‘Oh my god, how did we survive for so long?’ And that’s the point, we were just surviving. But now we’re thriving.”
While Guyton’s country twang kicked off the event, the Super Bowl halftime show performers Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem will hit the stage with a hip-hop and rap medley of West Coast bangers. She also joined Jhené Aiko, Mary Mary, and Zedd for the pre-show festivities.