Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church Send ‘Symbolic Message’ With Super Bowl National Anthem Duet (Video)

Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan sing national anthem together at Super Bowl LV. (Credit" NFL)

Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church teamed up to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LV on Sunday evening with a mix of bluesy guitar riffs and soulful vocals.

Some fans on social media called the duo’s performance an “interesting combo” that worked—Sullivan is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer while Church is a country star.

The “Springsteen” singer started out “The Star-Spangled Banner” on an electric guitar with the Grammy-nominated “Bust Your Windows” artist coming in on the third line.

Twitter user @Brittaglobal tweeted: “Eric Church x Jasmine Sullivan is such an interesting combo for the national anthem, but I like it #SuperBowl.”

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Author and journalist @IAmSophiaNelson agreed: “Loving this combo for the #NationalAnthem #SuperBowl.”

Other social media users observed the “symbolic message” of having White and Black artists perform a duet for the national anthem.

CNN commentator @keithboykin tweeted: “I wasn’t sure what to expect from Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan singing the national anthem as a duet, but I actually liked it. At a time when the nation just barely survived an insurrection, the symbolic message of a white country singer and a Black R&B singer kinda worked.”

Yet others noted a Black singer had to share the stage instead of being offered the opportunity to sing a solo.

@TheJessieWoo wrote: “JAZMINE SULLIVAN HAD TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AS A DUET WITH A WHITE MAN ON THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF WHITNEY’S #SuperBowl PERFORMANCE???!!!!”

After seeing the duo, some people wanted country music to have more of a spotlight on the larger Super Bowl stage.

Twitter user @ravaewilson tweeted: “This national anthem duet is making me want a country music half time show next year – come on @NFL @pepsi – make this happen! #SuperBowl.”

Deaf rapper Warren ‘WAWA’ Snipe also performed the national anthem alongside Church and Sullivan in American Sign Language.

Watch the full performance below: