NBC Briefly Misidentifies Mickey Guyton as Jhene Aiko During Super Bowl Preshow Performance

NBC briefly misidentified country singer Mickey Guyton as Grammy nominee Jhene Aiko during a preshow performance at Super Bowl LVI on Sunday.

As seen in the video below, the broadcast network’s telecast first panned over Guyton, who was on the field in preparation for her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner,” with a chyron that labeled her as “Jhene Aiko” during Aiko’s performance of “America the Beautiful.” A few seconds later, the incorrect name disappeared under Guyton and the camera shifted to Aiko, who was singing, and a new chyron correctly identified her as “Jhene Aiko.”

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When Aiko concluded her performance of “America the Beauitful,” Guyton sang the National Anthem ahead of the 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff for the big game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. For the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful,” actress Sandra Mae Frank performed both songs in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf.

The misidentification of Guyton as Aiko drew some backlash on social media with users who called the mistake “tone deaf.”

“ummm… who confused Jhene Aiko and Mickey Guyton? Its tone deaf…. (On your part),” one viewed tweeted. Another wrote: “Jhene Aiko and Mickey Guyton don’t look alike. Tighten up NBC. All black folks don’t look alike.”

NBC quickly apologized for the error.

“Leading into Jhene Aiko singing ‘America the Beautiful,’ we incorrectly showed Mickey Guyton and misidentified her before showing Aiko’s performance,” an NBC Sports spokesperson said in a statement tweeted just before 8 p.m. ET. “We apologize to both artists for the error.”

See additional Twitter reactions to the Guyton-Aiko mixup below.

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