Sunday February 21, 2016 marked another first just in time for Black History Month. Eleven-time Grammy nominee Jazmine Sullivan is now the first African American R&B artist to sing the National Anthem at a National Hockey League game. Sullivan brought the crowd to a thunderous cheer when she effortlessly belted out the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks.
It was a pleasant surprise to see Jazmine Sullivan on the NBC televised platform, after her long 4 year hiatus from the music scene. Her major come-back in 2015 with the album Reality Show, led to three much deserved 2016 Grammy nominations. Many artists aren’t fortunate enough to bounce back to this level so quickly, but that’s just another testament to how talented Jazmine Sullivan is and how much R&B music truly needs her.
Watch the live performance of Jazmine Sullivan singing the National Anthem at the 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game: