Aretha Franklin Performed a Soulful 5-Minute Version of the National Anthem Because She Can

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The Queen of Soul took football fans to CHURCH with an extended version of the national anthem

When Aretha Franklin comes to sing our national anthem, she is here to school. each. and. every. one. of. us.

The legend took the stage on Thursday to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” prior to the Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings Thanksgiving showdown at Detroit's Ford Field — and she didn’t play the version we are used to. The Queen of Soul decided to play an extended version of the song — four and a half minutes long —as she accompanied herself on a piano. Most versions tend to be half that time.

Of course, moving off script with the national anthem can bring out different reactions. She earned cheers from the Lions fans, but a lot of snark for the social media reaction.


Take us to CHURCH Aretha!

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