Aretha Franklin extended the length of the Star-Spangled Banner at Thursday’s NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.
The soul singer’s rendition of the American national anthem, performed at Michigan’s Ford Field, clocked in at four minutes and 35 seconds.
The 74-year-old musical icon, who wore a floor-length mink coat and Detroit Lions toque, sang the long version to a cheering crowd.
— Gerren Peterson (@GerrenPeterson) November 24, 2016
Past performers at the Super Bowl have performed the national anthem in approximately two minutes, but Franklin took her time hitting every single note (and then some) of The Star-Spangled Banner.
Many fans took to Twitter to express their joy at the performance.
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
— jack (@JackBallou) November 24, 2016
Aretha, for the win.
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) November 24, 2016
Others chimed in with Thanksgiving-themed humour:
I cooked my whole turkey, ate and did the dishes during Aretha Franklin's National Anthem performance.
— B. Miller (@BlaiseInKC) November 24, 2016
But nah the turkey gone be done before Aretha Franklin done with the National Anthem.
— Willie Mo' (@Ratchetveli) November 24, 2016
Bad news: Football is cancelled
Good news: 13-hour Aretha Franklin concert. Leave it on through dinner. Everybody will love it.
— The Ringer (@ringer) November 24, 2016
Mom: Can u go to the store and buy some milk?
Me: I can't the game is about to start
Aretha Franklin: I got u fam
— Victor Martinez (@fakevmart41) November 24, 2016
I was able to do all my Christmas shopping while Aretha sang the national anthem #happythanksgiving
— Strombone (@strombone1) November 24, 2016
Others just wanted to watch the game, and were peeved at the length of Franklin’s performance.
Aretha out there trying to sing the Anthem for all three games. Love it. Let's play some ball now.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 24, 2016
Aretha ran that 4 minute mile eh?
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 24, 2016
Bro I got married and had a child and Aretha Franklin still isn't done
— netflix & just chill (@JustChillin247) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin gonna take up the whole 3hrs. Lions game canceled.
— JRSportBrief (@JRSportBrief) November 24, 2016
Delay of game: Aretha Franklin
— TheMachine (@MachinesPicks) November 24, 2016
I love the national anthem, I love Aretha Franklin, but at this rate the game will start at 2pm
— Ryan Ermanni (@RyanEFox2) November 24, 2016
Thankful Aretha Franklin doesn't sing the Anthem when I pitch, pretty sure I would have to go back to the pen and warm back up #pipesthough
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) November 24, 2016
Aretha Franklin: Keep it short and sweet.
Also Aretha: Longest anthem ever pic.twitter.com/LOu7Zxz6uB
— Nathan Baskerville (@NateBa_55) November 24, 2016
And the game’s broadcaster, CBS, even referenced the length of the anthem in a time of possession graphic at halftime:
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) November 24, 2016