Last week, we learned that Kriston Lee Pumphrey and Country Superstar singer Luke Bryan were selected by NFL and Pepsi-Co to sing/sign at Super Bowl LI for the National Anthem. The Silent Grapevine decided to take a poll and we found out that 63% of our voters voted that Luke Bryan and Kriston Lee Pumphrey should be shown on FOX Sports Live split-screen. We gave our voters other options such as “alongside with Luke Bryan”, picture in picture and streaming online.
Now the question is: Will FOX Sports be willing to show the National Anthem during Super Bowl LI live in split screen format?
— Silent Grapevine (@SilentGrapevine) January 26, 2017
Country music superstar Luke Bryan is a two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year. He has hosted the ACM Awards for four consecutive years. Since the debut of his first album in 2007 he has placed 17 singles at No.1 and sold nearly eight million albums. His fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, is certified Platinum and has sold 3.5 million tracks with over 400 million streams. The album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Top 200 (his third to do so) and Top Country Albums charts, and contains five consecutive No 1 hits- so far.
Kriston Lee Pumphrey is a performing artist who is working as a news anchor at the Deaf Professional Arts Network (DPAN-TV). Kriston Lee graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009 with a degree in business and communication. Kriston Lee co-founded ColorFest, a Deaf LGBT leadership conference for college students that is hosted both at Gallaudet University and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Kriston Lee is involved in various community related advocacy work and currently serves on the board of a D.C. based nonprofit organization that strives to end sexual assault and domestic violence within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.