Poet Amanda Gorman, who stole the show at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, is performing at Super Bowl LV.
On Wednesday, TMZ reported that the 22-year-old has agreed to write and recite a poem honoring three pandemic heroes as part of the Super Bowl LV pregame show.
“The recitation of the poem will air nationally on CBS and be featured in-stadium,” NFL officials said in a statement.
Per the outlet, the three essential workers who will be highlighted are Trimaine Davis, a teacher; Suzie Dorner, a nurse; and James Martin, a Marine Corps veteran.
“We are honored to recognize these three individuals who represent the best in all of us,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell added. “During this incredibly challenging time in our lives, Trimaine, Suzie, and James have exemplified the essence of leadership, each in their own way. We are grateful for their commitment and proud to share their stories and recognize them during this special moment on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Last week, Gorman became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history when she recited her poem “The Hill We Climb” on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one,” she said.
Amanda Gorman, the nation's first-ever youth poet laureate, called for Americans to "leave behind a country better than the one we were left" and unify together as she spoke at President Joe Biden's inauguration. https://t.co/cqB4pZpaAv pic.twitter.com/BnAImxmhq6— CNN (@CNN) January 20, 2021
Gorman’s poetry immediately received praise from many, including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama.
On a day for the history books, @TheAmandaGorman delivered a poem that more than met the moment. Young people like her are proof that "there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it; if only we're brave enough to be it." pic.twitter.com/mbywtvjtEH— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2021
On Tuesday, it was announced that the Harvard graduate signed a deal with IMG Models, one of the world’s biggest modeling agencies.