Amanda Gorman: Joe Biden’s inaugural poet to take part in Super Bowl pregame show

Clémence Michallon
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Amanda Gorman reads during Joe Biden’s inauguration at the US Capitol on 20 January 2021 (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Amanda Gorman reads during Joe Biden’s inauguration at the US Capitol on 20 January 2021 (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Amanda Gorman, the acclaimed poet who read at Joe Biden’s inauguration, will be featured during the Super Bowl pregame show.

Good Morning America reported on Wednesday that Gorman has joined the pregame schedule. GMA host Robin Roberts teased “a very special addition to the pregame festivities” during the morning’s broadcast. The NFL has since confirmed the news in a release.

The league announced that “the recitation of the poem will air nationally on CBS and be featured in-stadium”. Gorman’s poem will pay tribute to three honorees selected by the NFL: a teacher, a nurse, and a Marine Corps veteran.

“These heroes are symbolic of the thousands of health-care professionals, educators, and veterans throughout our country who continue to care for, heal and support those in need during this pandemic,” the NFL said in a statement.

Gorman earned abundant praise for her reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” during Biden’s inauguration at the US Capitol on 20 January.

The poet – the youngest to read at a presidential inauguration in the US – climbed to the top of Amazon’s best sellers list after the inauguration broadcast. She also left Anderson Cooper “transfixed” during an interview on CNN.

Super Bowl LV, the 55th Super Bowl, will take place on 7 February in Tampa, Florida. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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