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Aretha Franklin’s lengthy national anthem performance draws love, hate and humour

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WATCH: Aretha Franklin's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner before the NFL's annual Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit.

Aretha Franklin extended the length of the Star-Spangled Banner at Thursday’s NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

The soul singer’s rendition of the American national anthem, performed at Michigan’s Ford Field, clocked in at four minutes and 35 seconds.

The 74-year-old musical icon, who wore a floor-length mink coat and Detroit Lions toque, sang the long version to a cheering crowd.

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Past performers at the Super Bowl have performed the national anthem in approximately two minutes, but Franklin took her time hitting every single note (and then some) of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Many fans took to Twitter to express their joy at the performance.

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Others chimed in with Thanksgiving-themed humour:

Others just wanted to watch the game, and were peeved at the length of Franklin’s performance.

And the game’s broadcaster, CBS, even referenced the length of the anthem in a time of possession graphic at halftime:

With files from ET Canada

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