Viral WATCH: Aretha Franklin Performs Stunning, Extra-Long National Anthem
Before the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions kicked off the NFL's three-game Thanksgiving Day slate, Aretha Franklin delivered a stunning rendition of the national anthem.
Franklin's soulful, four-minute, 35-second performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" brought the house down at Detroit's Ford Field and quickly went viral.
For reference, the average length of the last ten Super Bowl national anthems has been just under two minutes.
The social media reaction to Franklin was overwhelmingly positive, although many people poked fun at her rendition's enormous length:
Aretha Franklin is pretty far up at the top of the list of folks who can take however long they want with the national anthem.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 24, 2016
— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) November 24, 2016
Before Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem
After Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/EaMF1CctzB
— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 24, 2016
And at the end of the first quarter the Lions and Vikings are tied 0-0 because Aretha Franklin is still singing the national anthem
— Dirty Dan (@sauersdaniel) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin is doing a ball-control national anthem. It's all about clock management everyone.
— Allen Trieu (@AllenTrieu) November 24, 2016
OVER on the Aretha Franklin National Anthem would've been the lock of the century.
— Covers (@Covers) November 24, 2016
Kaepernick would've developed arthritis in his knee for kneeling so long if the 49ers were playing while Aretha Franklin sang the anthem
— Brock (@BrockOgami) November 24, 2016
Detroit vs Minnesota time of possession stats
Lions: 3 minutes
Vikings: 0 minutes
Aretha Franklin: 8 minutes
— Kevin Jost (@kjoster19) November 24, 2016
I cooked my whole turkey, ate and did the dishes during Aretha Franklin's National Anthem performance.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) November 24, 2016
Hell yes, Aretha Franklin. #FullLengthFurWithKnitHat
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 24, 2016
Watch the full performance below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
Aretha Franklin really turned this into a church hymn. https://t.co/6J2cjPiwCe
— spooky black. (@Tuhnahkuh) November 24, 2016