This year, Thanksgiving was bound to be a little overwhelming (read: stressed) thanks to all the uncles and aunties who may have voted for Donald Trump. However, there were still plenty of things to be thankful for — like good food, family, friends and well, Aretha Franklin.
The “Queen of Soul” performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Thanksgiving Day football game between Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings at Detroit’s Ford Field. Her show-stopping rendition was incredibly poignant, soulful… and very, very long.
Franklin, dressed in a fur coat and a Detroit Lions pom pom hat, played piano during the gospel-inflected 4-minute, 35-second routine that transfixed the entire nation.
Social media users across the country erupted with applause, celebrating Franklin’s incredible talent.
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
Aretha Franklin can sang. https://t.co/HMbRe4tpue— deray mckesson (@deray) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin is A LIVING LEGEND who has been A inspiration 2 many artist🙋🏾RESPECT! & yes come through With the Gospel chords🙌🏾 ayyye👏🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 24, 2016
I'm gonna tell all your grandchildren about the time you complained about seeing Aretha Franklin instead of the Detroit Lions— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) November 24, 2016
Nobody rushes Aretha. Nobody. We've got all the time.— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin just delivered the national anthem with about 5 minutes of heartfelt soul. Worth blasting past the 12:30 kickoff, for sure.— Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) November 24, 2016
Some, however, were not too thrilled with the music icon’s lengthy act.
Turkey's gettin' cold, Aretha.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) November 24, 2016
Due to the length of Aretha Franklin's national anthem... Both teams have to warm up again. Kick off pushed back half hour #figureitout— D Durkin (@D_Durkin) November 24, 2016
Due to Aretha Franklin's national anthem, kickoff for the Vikings Lions game has been pushed back to 4:25— Jake Berger (@Jake_Berger) November 24, 2016
Before Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem— shauna (@goldengateblond) November 24, 2016
After Aretha Franklin sang the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/EaMF1CctzB
The ref should throw a delay of game flag at Aretha Franklin for this National Anthem. #thanksgivingthursday— AJ Burman (@BurmanAJ) November 24, 2016
Detroit vs Minnesota time of possession stats— Kevin Jost (@kjoster19) November 24, 2016
Lions: 3 minutes
Vikings: 0 minutes
Aretha Franklin: 8 minutes
Time of possession battle is crucial. pic.twitter.com/EZVC53fVeD— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 24, 2016
I call Aretha Franklin the Abe Lincoln of singing the National Anthem cuz she started four score and seven years ago.— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) 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
Aretha Franklin had a longer NFL career than Johnny Manziel.— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) 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
when aretha franklin started singing the national anthem, we were cutting the turkey. By the time she finished we were opening presents smh— psyche$nelic (@SnelbangTheGoat) November 24, 2016
Either way, it was a good distraction from all the political discussions at the dinner table.
Watch the complete performance in the video above.