— Sam White (@samwhiteout) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin is respected for her indelible performances.
The Queen of Soul belted “My Country Tis of Thee” — in this hat! — at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. As a sartorial punctuation, she dropped her fur coat while she sang “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman” at a Carole King tribute in 2015. The president was moved to tears.
And before today’s Thanksgiving game between the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings, the 74-year-old diva sang her rendition of the national anthem for a whopping four minutes and change. No one dared interrupted her. It was broadcast in full.
Wearing a Lions cap, the Detroit native was unhurried, while she sang at the piano in her fur coat. CBS clocked Franklin’s national anthem at four minutes and 35 seconds.
Yahoo Sports pointed out that Franklin’s anthem is more than double the average time — around 1 minute and 57 seconds — that was spent singing it at the past 10 Super Bowls.
Franklin sang longer than Natalie Cole and Alicia Keys in the 1994 and 2013 Super Bowls. Both record-setters didn’t last longer than three minutes.
Many on Twitter were thankful for Franklin’s extended take on the Francis Scott Key-penned song.
Aretha Franklin is doing a ball-control national anthem. It's all about clock management everyone.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) November 24, 2016
Delay of game: Aretha Franklin
— TheMachine (@MachinesPicks) November 24, 2016
Bad news: Football is cancelled
Good news: 13-hour Aretha Franklin concert. Leave it on through dinner. Everybody will love it.
— The Ringer (@ringer) November 24, 2016
NFL: Aretha, we want you to sing the national anthem
Aretha: I'll take them to church
NFL: Well, that's not what …
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) November 24, 2016
Nobody rushes Aretha. Nobody. We've got all the time.
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) November 24, 2016
Gwen Ifill spoke with Franklin last year about her remarkable six-decade career, and Franklin told Gwen that she wasn’t ever going to retire.
Aretha Franklin was honored recently by the National Portrait Gallery with a “Portrait of a Nation” prize, given out to some of the people who appear in its collection. Gwen Ifill spoke with the Queen of Soul about her career, her voice and her legacy. Video by PBS NewsHour
“That wouldn’t be good, for one, just to go somewhere and sit down and do nothing,” she said. “Please. No, that’s not moi.”