NFL Cancels Singer Victory Boyd's Opening Day Performance for Not Being Vaccinated Singer/songwriter Victory Boyd at The Root 100 gala in New York City in 2018. (Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
By Charles Kim | Wednesday, 08 September 2021 06:00 PM
The National Football League is canceling the opening day performance of the “National Anthem” by Grammy Award winning singer Victory Boyd because she is unvaccinated against COVID-19.
“As I understand that Victory will not be fully vaccinated by the time of the Kickoff game, she would not have been able to comply with the terms of the Game Day Field Access Policy,” NFL Senior Director for Media and Entertainment Events Seth Dudowsky said in an email to Boyd’s father and manager, John Boyd. “And as a result, we, unfortunately, will not be able to invite Victoria to perform the national anthem at this year’s Kickoff game.”
Boyd won a Grammy for her work on Kanye West’s 2021 Best contemporary Christian Music album, “Jesus is King.”
In a reply statement, Boyd said she was not yet getting the vaccine for religious reasons and was praying for guidance.
“The Bible admonishes Christians to appreciate their bodies as being sacred and a temple of the Holy Spirit and to not participate in things that can defile the body or render the body dysfunctional,” her statement said. “I am in prayer to make sure that the Lord guides me into the right decision concerning receiving an unproven injection with artificial properties that can potentially have a long-term effect on my reproductive health.”
“If I want to take the vaccine, the decision will be between myself, my doctor and my God. At this point, the Spirit of God is leading me to take a stand for freedom of choice,” the statement continued.
According to the NFL’s email, the league’s policy to recognize vaccinations is “‘fully vaccinated’ means 14 days have passed since the individual received the final dose required in the vaccine sequence, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This requirement is mandatory and fully complies with the laws applicable to the type of business relationship contemplated here, and we are not in a position to make an exception.”
According to Breitbart, the cancelation means that Boyd will not be paid a $20,000 performance fee for the scheduled Sept. 9 game between the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys in Florida.
“Throughout my life I have overcome many obstacles, but now I was faced with a new glass ceiling that I couldn’t break through. It feels like we’re going backwards to a familiar place that I thought we had overcome as a country,” she said in the statement. “To be disqualified because of a discriminatory policy that had nothing to do with my talent made me feel alarmed because of what it implies for not only myself but millions of others.”
Players, according to the Breitbart report, do not have a mandated vaccination policy, but must then test negative for the virus before playing.
Players that have already had the disease must still have at least one dose of the vaccine before being allowed on the field.