Natalie Grant 'Crushed it': Singer's Name Trends on Google after National Anthem

Michael Foust | Contributor | Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Natalie Grant 'Crushed it': Singer's Name Trends on Google after National Anthem

Natalie Grant 'Crushed it': Singer's Name Trends on Google after National Anthem

Natalie Grant’s rendition of the National Anthem during Monday’s college football championship game led to widespread acclamation – as well as trending searches on Google and Twitter from viewers who wanted to know more about her.

The nine-time Grammy-nominated Christian singer delivered a powerful rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner before the national championship game in Indianapolis between Georgia and Alabama that immediately drew applause from sports and non-sports fans alike.

Her name trended both on Twitter and Google. At one point Monday night, “Natalie Grant” was the fifth-most searched term on Google – likely sparked by Americans who had just learned about the talented CCM artist.

“Natalie Grant crushed it!” actor and talk show host Arsenio Hall tweeted.

“Phenomenal national anthem,” ESPN’s Heather Dinich wrote.

“Who is Natalie Grant?! Bruhhh she sang that song!!! Sheeeesh,” wrote radio host Marvin L. James III.

“Top-5 National Anthem. Bravo, Natalie Grant!” wrote Cincinnati TV reporter Trevor Peters.

“Now THAT was a national anthem. Wow,” writer and author David French said.

Grant has won the Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year five times (2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006) and has been nominated for 42 Dove Awards. She has multiple No. 1 records and albums on the Billboard charts. Her 2020 album No Stranger debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.

Around midday Monday, she requested prayer for her performance.

“Tonight is the night!!! I’ll be performing our National Anthem for the national championship game! … Would you say a prayer for me?! That my voice would be strong, and everything about me would shine the light of JESUS!” she wrote on Facebook.

Singers at past national championship games have included Lauren Daigle (2020), Andy Grammer (2019), the Zac Brown Band (2018), Little Big Town (2017), Ciara (2016), Lady Antebellum (2015) and John Legend (2014). 

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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chroniclethe Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.