Jully Black, a legendary Canadian singer-songwriter, was given the opportunity to sing Canada’s national anthem at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.
However, Black changed the song with one word to acknowledge the native people.
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Jully Black sings the Canadian National Anthem during the NBA All-Star Game as part of NBA All Star Weekend 2023 on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. (Jesse D Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
Recording artist Jully Black sings the Canadian National Anthem during the NBA All-Star Game as part of NBA All Star Weekend 2023 on Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Vivint Arena Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. (Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
“Oh Canada! Our home on native land,” she sang to the thousands in attendance. The original lyrics of the song read: “Our homeland and our homeland”.
Black received praise for the move.
The Toronto native has collaborated with several artists throughout her career, including Nas, Destiny’s Child and Sean Paul, and several of her records and collaborations have been certified CRIA-certified Gold or CRIA-certified Platinum.
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Canadian singer, songwriter and actress Jully Black prior to the 2023 NBA All-Star Game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on February 19, 2023. (Christopher Creveling – USA TODAY Sports)
“We’ve been singing this anthem since kindergarten. And now, in the last three years, especially with indigenous rights and what’s going on in our land, history and learning, I’m learning too,” Black told TSN’s The Shift. “So I reached out to some Indigenous friends and said, ‘First of all, how do you feel about me doing this anthem?’ And I got feedback.
“I really dissected the lyrics to really sing it on purpose because I know it like my name.”
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Jully Black attends the unveiling of her 2021 Canada Walk of Fame plaque to celebrate her induction to Arts and Entertainment during the 2022 Canada Walk of Fame Gala at The Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place on December 3, 2022 in Toronto. (Mathew Tsang/Getty Images)
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