Aretha Franklin Serenades Nation With The Longest National Anthem Ever

The Queen of Soul took center field to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Detroit Lions-Minnesota Vikings game and stunned America with her rendition.

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.








Some, however, were not too thrilled with the music icon’s lengthy act.














Either way, it was a good distraction from all the political discussions at the dinner table.

Watch the complete performance in the video above.

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