Many a singer has tried to sing the National Anthem, but few do it well. Now we can add Mickey Guyton to that latter list. After pre-game performances by Mary Mary and Jhené Aiko (whom Guyton was briefly confused with by NBC) covering gospel and R&B respectively, the Black woman making waves in contemporary country music took Super Bowl LVI to higher heights with her singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
While the players on the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals teams looked on, ready to get the game underway, Guyton was a vision in blue in an elegant long-sleeved, floor-length gown. We don't know if she was rooting for the Rams or not given the color of her dress, but we were definitely rooting for her as she began to sing.
Guyton immediately commanded everyone's attention inside SoFi Stadium and all those watching the broadcast around the world. Those unfamiliar with Mickey may have been surprised to hear those countrified vocals coming from a Black woman, but she easily turned folks into fans. Joined by a small, multi-cultural choir of 10 women and men all dressed in white, there was a huge American flag unfurled behind them on the field. The scene brought to mind her own anthem, the single "All American."
Mickey Guyton thoroughly impressed with her performance of the National Anthem to kick off Super Bowl LVI. She was poised, polished and possessed undeniable vocal skill all with some Black Girl Magic with a country twist sprinkled on top.