The singer was in front of the audience at Denver's State of the City Address. Only her husband and musical adviser knew she would swap in the Black National Anthem.
Many were notably upset, including Denver's Mayor, John Hickenlooper (great name by the way: just say it, â€œHickenlooper.â€ Wow.) Hickenlooper noted, â€œIf anyone has got a right to be angry it's probably me: I guess what I feel most is just deeply disappointed.â€
City Councilman Charlie Brown added, â€œThere is no substitute for the national anthem.â€
But if there WAS a substitute, would this be it? Although it is colloquially referred to as the 'Black National Anthem', the song is actually a hymn titled, 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'.
By the way, Rene Marie still received applause by the crowd... although most news reports cut that part out.
BUT, these following news reports suggests things were more 'embarrassing' than my commentary might suggest:
Rene Marie in the News
Wow, this response to the Black National Anthem is best start to a YouTube Video ever: