Gladys Knight's national anthem costs betting company dearly

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight

As the popularity of the Super Bowl as a spectacle has grown, so have the prop bets.

The soul icon performed the "Star Spangled Banner" in front of thousands of onlookers at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3. As with every NFL game, the major event kicked off with a rendition of the national anthem - this time sung beautifully by Gladys Knight. Most prop bets had the length at 1:50, so the second courageous would have sent it way over.

The first fearless reportedly would have made the performance under and the end of teh second courageous would have made it over.

Bookies on this side of the Atlantic typically take the lead on all National Football League matters from Las Vegas, where one sports book reportedly changed their stance on the over/under. It sounded like Knight finished singing "brave" at around 1:49, before repeating "the brave" again - drawing out the length of the song to just over two minutes.

The star, who is known as the Empress of Soul, had glimmering stockings on her legs for a stylish finish.

Amid the flak, the "Midnight Train to Georgia" diva defended her anthem appearance in a statement, saying, "I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice".

Gladys Knight brought down the house ― well, stadium ― on Sunday night. After her understated but emotional performance, she appeared humble, beaming brightly.

"Gladys Knight delivers spine-tingling rendition of National Anthem at Super Bowl, after vowing to "unite" the country amid Colin Kaepernick boycott controversy", wrote The Daily Mail.

Following the news of her involvement, Knight defended her decision to perform at the Super Bowl.

Prior to Knight materializing on camera, fellow Atlanta natives Chloe x Halle's delivered their rendition of "America the attractive".

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