Who sang the national anthem at the AFC and NFC games today?
The singing of the National Anthem at a sporting event is always a special moment, but Ashanti's performance at the AFC Championship game was different.
The NFL has long been known for it's sensational Super Bowl pre-game and half time shows, however, what took place before the AFC Championship game on Sunday will be remembered for a long time to co
AFC: Ashanti, the fans, a failed mic and a beautiful moment
Old school R&B fans were given a treat on Sunday, as Ashanti gave an exquisite rendition of the United States National Anthem, before the AFC Championship game between Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals. Even before the Grammy Award winning singer took the stage, the atmosphere inside of Arrowhead Stadium - one of the loudest arenas in the NFL - was absolutely intense. Then she took to the stage and with microphone in hand, she began to sing. The beauty of her take on the 'Star Spangled Banner' was something to witness, but due to a faulty microphone was also punctuated with gaps of silence. Yet there was no silence because in what turned out to be a moment that immediately went viral on social media, the fans present - every last one of them - proceeded to sing the anthem until the microphone kicked in once again. A beautiful moment for those present as well as those watching at home.
What happened between the Bengals and the Chiefs?
While the pre-game performance by Ashanti was certainly a moment to remember, Bengals fans will definitely be thinking of something else. That's right, for the first time in decades, the Bengals are AFC champions. Cincinnati took down the heavily favored Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in an overtime 27-24 win to claim their first conference championship since 1989. With that they have booked their pass to the Super Bowl where they will await either the Los Angeles Rams or the San Francisco 49ers. For our full report on just how the game went down, be sure to check right here!
NFC:Grammy nominated Brandy sings National Anthem
On the other side of the divide is another illustrious songstress. Continuing this year's NFL Conference Championship trend of representing R&B, Brandy sang the National Anthem to a welcoming crowd inside of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. With the Rams hosting the San Francisco 49ers, things have just got underway so be sure to check our live text coverage here as we will be bringing you each and every play.
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