Music legend Aretha Franklin divided social media with her nearly five-minute long gospel-tinged performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner."
WASHINGTON — Music legend Aretha Franklin took her time during a performance of the national anthem before a Thanksgiving Day game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings.
Accompanying herself on a grand piano inside Detroit’s Ford Field, the Queen of Soul stretched the “Star-Spangled Banner” into a nearly five-minute-long gospel tour-de-force, complete with rolling piano arpeggios and the divas’s famously throaty vocals.
Franklin’s extended version sparked a mixed reaction on social media. Some called it the best rendition they’d ever heard.
The remarkable national treasure Aretha Franklin sings the best version of the national anthem EVER!