Gladys Knight is standing firm in her decision to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, despite criticisms from her fans.

In a newly released statement, Knight says she hopes to give the National Anthem back its voice and also issues a reminder that she has been at the forefront of the struggle for most of her life.

“I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words,” Knight said. “The way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good. No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she continued. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us.”

Knight, along with Travis Scott & Big Boi have been blasted by fans for agreeing to perform at the Super Bowl, instead of turning down the offer in support of the league’s treatment of Kaepernick like other artists have done.