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Andra Day Reflects on Emotional Super Bowl LVIII Performance of ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’

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Andra Day delivered a stirring rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the Black national anthem, at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, Nevada, leaving the singer feeling deeply emotional.

Reflecting on her performance, Day shared with ET’s Kevin Frazier that the experience was initially overwhelming, but she found solace in prayer leading up to the momentous event. Despite the nerves, Day realized the significance of the occasion and embraced the shared experience with the audience.

To maintain her composure during the performance, Day intentionally avoided making eye contact with individuals in the crowd, opting instead to see them as a collective blur. She emphasized the importance of spreading joy and unity through her music, particularly during such a high-profile event.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” holds special significance as it has been designated by the NAACP as the Black national anthem, symbolizing the resilience and unity of the African American community. Day expressed gratitude for the opportunity to represent her heritage and honor the legacy of those who came before her.

In addition to her Super Bowl appearance, Day recently released her latest single, “Probably,” from her upcoming album “Cassandra,” set to debut later this spring. Describing the album as a labor of love over seven years, Day expressed excitement about sharing her new music with the world.

Recalling the moment she received the invitation to perform at the Super Bowl, Day revealed a mix of nervousness and excitement, emphasizing the honor she felt in being chosen for such a prestigious platform.

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Originally penned in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” became the anthem of resilience and hope for the Black community, officially adopted by the NAACP in 1919.

Day’s heartfelt performance not only honored the rich history of the anthem but also served as a powerful reminder of the enduring spirit of unity and perseverance.

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