Jewell’s unique performance of the American national anthem at this year’s Indianapolis 500 has left many fans divided.
On Sunday (May 28), the singer-songwriter delivered an acoustic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” ahead of the annual Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wearing an all-white outfit with a checkered flag beneath her cowboy hat, Jewel gently strums her guitar while humming a soulfully rearranged version of the classic tune.
The Utah native gave a similar rendition of the national anthem ahead of the 2023 NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City in late February.
Jewel’s performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Indy 500 drew a mixed response from viewers on social media.
“Jewel killed the national anthem at the Indy 500. People were trying to sing along but couldn’t because of the way she sang. What a shame,” wrote one person Twitter,
one more shared“Jewell’s national anthem for the Indy 500 might be the worst song ever.”
However, others praised the performance. An onlooker said, “Jewel just did the best national anthem I’ve heard in my life, I’m not exaggerating”. Tweeted,
one more couple“Jewel singing the national anthem at the Indy 500 is something I didn’t even need.”
jewel latest album, freewheelin’ womanwas released in 2022 through his own Words Matter Media.
Watch Jewel sing the national anthem at the Indy 500 below, and see the mixed reaction to her performance.