Before music legend Gladys Knight sang the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII on Sunday evening, Don Lemon — host of the weeknight CNN Tonight program — told her that another performer “basically lost her career” for singing at President Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017 and asked whether she was running the same risk.
Knight replied that “nothing good comes easy” and asked that listeners remember the “many people” in the country — and her family — who have died or are still standing for America. “We have fought hard for a long time, and not just in wars,” she stated.
Lemon began the segment by noting: “A number of artists have reportedly declined invitations to sing at the Super Bowl this year” in Atlanta.
He then played a clip of Mark Geragos, the attorney for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said that anyone who performs at this year’s game would take “a lot of heat, and I think rightfully so.”