This 3-Year-Old Singing the National Anthem Is All You Need Today
By the time 3-year-old Drake Grillo gets to "and the home of the bwaaave" you'll already have fallen in love with his "Star Spangled Banner." The pint-sized patriot belted out the anthem prior to a Syracuse University women's basketball game on Monday (Dec. 17).
Officially, little Drake is the youngest person to ever perform the National Anthem at the Carrier Dome, which is home to the Syracuse basketball and other sports. It's a confident performance — he not only gets all the words and the melody right, but he does it with swagger. Syracuse.com reports that several of the players came to fist bump him afterward.
"I just think he's too little to realize how big of a deal it is," Drake's mom, Chelsea, tells the news outlet. "I doubt he really knows what nervous is yet."
The 3-year-old practices the song around the house using a toy microphone, and he actually performed it one other time, before a local baseball game last summer. He's not afraid to expand his boundaries, however.
"Right now he’s into Christmas music, so he sings that," Chelsea says.
It's been a year of memorable National Anthem performances, including Lady Antebellum flubbing the lyrics prior to a Nashville Predators game and a high school football player named Jackson Dean singing an original version of the song, in pads, with a guitar around his neck. Dean has country music aspirations. It's not clear if little Drake Grillo has Music City dreams. Most kids his age just want to be Catboy from PJ Masks when they grow up.
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