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Super Bowl 2021: Jazmine Sullivan fans wanted ‘solo’ national anthem as she duets with Eric Church


Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church received five-star ratings for their duet on the US national anthem at the Super Bowl but fans of the R&B singer believed she deserved to have the moment as a solo performance. 

The musicians teamed up to belt out The Star-Spangled Banner at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, before the game kicked off between the Kansas City Chief and victorious Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The Weeknd later arrived on-stage to deliver an electrifying halftime show performance. 

While the honour of singing the national anthem is usually given to one singer, Eric opened the performance strumming a guitar and his dulcet country twang before Jazmine entered with her trademark powerful soulful vocals. 

It was a particularly monumental performance as it fell on the 30th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s iconic and unmatched national anthem, and fans also feel Jazmine’s talents has been widely overlooked in the music industry. 

Simply, they wanted her to have her Whitney moment. 

Reacting to the duet, one fan tweeted: ‘Jazmine Sullivan ate that up as she should. Ain’t no duet she is the moment.’ 

‘Loved the arrangement of the national anthem…could have just let @jsullivanmusic sing it by herself,’ another weighed in. 

Jazmine Sullivan sang and looked ethereal (Picture: AP)
It was a collaborative effort between Jazmine and country singer Eric Church (Picture: SIPA USA/PA Images)
Jazmine, serving vocals and looks (Picture: Getty Images)
H.E.R. sang America The Beautiful (Picture: Rex)

One viewer stated: ‘Should’ve been a Jazmine Sullivan solo.’ 

Disappointed that it was a collaboration, one said: ‘Wow I Thought Jazmine Sullivan Was Doing This On Her Own This Queen Deserves her moment!’ 

However, others were just loving the performance as a whole with one reacting: ‘Hands up for Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church on that Star Spangled banner — even the sign language dude killed it!’ 

R&B hitmaker H.E.R. had her own time to shine by singing America The Beautiful and earned just as much praise. 

She tweeted after the show: ‘Two black queens at the Superbowl [sic], what a message.’ 

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