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Pink to sing anthem at Super Bowl

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pink will get the Super Bowl party started by singing the national anthem before the championship game in Minneapolis on February 4, the NFL said on Monday.

The performance will mark the singer’s first appearance on the Super Bowl stage.

Performances of the national anthem have been a major talking point during the NFL season as players have used the occasion to take knees, sit or link arms during the song to protest about racial inequality and police brutality in the US.

The protests have been criticised by the Trump Administration, which has chosen to interpret the demonstrations as offensive to the US military.

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game in Indianapolis earlier this season when players protested during the anthem.

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