Aretha Franklin's National Anthem Gobbles Thanksgiving Conversation
Franklin's "Star Spangled Banner" clocked in at 4-minutes, 35 seconds on Thursday. That's compared to about 2-minutes, 20 seconds for Whitney Houston's iconic rendition of the song ahead of the Super Bowl in 1991.
Franklin quickly started trending on social media. One Twitter user joked that there was enough time to cook a turkey, eat and do the dishes during the performance. Others opined that the 74-year-old "Queen of Soul" had earned the right to sing the anthem for as long as she wanted.
The CBS production team got in on the fun during the game by including Franklin in a time of possession graphic:
Time of possession battle is crucial. pic.twitter.com/EZVC53fVeD— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 24, 2016