Super Bowl LVIII Black national anthem performance causes stir on social media

Andra Day performed 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'


Fans react to the performance

Andra Day performed 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' known as the Black national anthem, ahead of Super Bowl LVIII and received a rousing ovation from the fans at Allegiant Stadium.

As Super Bowl Sunday arrived and Day sang, NFL fans on social media hurled criticism for the league having the Black national anthem performed. It started early in the day and continued.

Politicians and pundits voice their opinions

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., wrote on X about a conversation he had with his wife about why they weren’t going to watch the Super Bowl. 'They’re desecrating America’s National Anthem by playing something called the ‘Black National Anthem,’’ he wrote.

Conservative pundit CJ Pearson wrote on X: 'Before tonight’s Super Bowl, as a young black man and proud American, let me make myself clear: There is only ONE national anthem. As there is only ONE United States of America. And it’s for EVERYONE - white, black, yellow, and even maroon. The Left’s agenda of division isn’t just needless; it’s exhausting.'

Day's perspective on the performance

Day performed at the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective event in Los Angeles and at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy gala with Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Keyshia Cole and Frederic Yonnet.

Day told 'CBS Mornings' on Friday she was hit with nerves as she was rehearsing the song. She hoped the song would allow people to 'share in a really, really beautiful, spiritual moment together.'


History of the Black national anthem

The NFL started to play the Black national anthem in the 2020 season following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. The incident started a wave of actions against racial injustice across the U.S.

The NAACP began to promote 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' as the Black national anthem in 1917.