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Toddler Bravely Sings National Anthem In Front Of 6K Sports Fans
This has to be one of the cutest performances I've ever seen.
Jenny Brown
09.07.21

There are some children who seem destined to be stars. Even at a very young age – they have the courage and talent to entertain huge crowds.

One three-year-old performed the national anthem with no problem, becoming the youngest person to ever sing it in New York’s Carrier Dome stadium.

The national anthem has never been so adorable. Just wait until you see this toddler nail the classic song to open up one of the Syracuse Women’s basketball games!

Pixabay - Keith Johnston
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Pixabay - Keith Johnston

Three-year-old Drake Grillo is a little cutie pie who was born for the spotlight.

It’s hard to believe a three-year-old could even memorize the “Star-Spangled Banner,” let alone sing it for a live audience of over 6,000 people. Drake Grillo isn’t just any toddler though – watch as he bravely takes on the song and blows the audience away.

Pixabay - Cornelia Schneider-Frank
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Pixabay - Cornelia Schneider-Frank

When the video starts, the announcer introduces the kid from Auburn, New York, and he wastes no time starting the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Luckily, he has his mom kneeling beside him.

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YouTube - Syracuse Orange

The young singer doesn’t skip a beat. He goes through the song word for word, and the audience is captivated.

This has to be the most precious version of the national anthem out there. The child hasn’t quite got his “r’s” down yet, which adds an extra layer of cuteness to the performance.

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YouTube - Syracuse Orange

People in the crowd smile from ear to ear, and some even snap pictures and videos of the little boy. As the song goes on, he continues to impress everyone in attendance as they watch in silence.

YouTube - Syracuse Orange
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YouTube - Syracuse Orange

He is way beyond his years. Some adult singers can’t even handle the pressure, but Drake sings the song with ease.

You could hear a pin drop the whole time he’s singing, and people can’t take their eyes off of the impressive toddler. You could watch him perform this 100 times and it would never get old, it’s just so heartwarming.

YouTube - Syracuse Orange
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YouTube - Syracuse Orange

Naturally, the three-year-old mispronounces some of the more difficult words, but that makes it even more aww-worthy.

Of course, words like “gleaming” and “perilous” were a bit more complicated for Drake to pronounce, but he does his best. He practically just learned how to talk after all, so it’s extremely impressive nonetheless.

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Pixabay - DWilliam

Drake finishes strong, going through the whole song without stopping once. As soon as he’s done, the young boy gets shy and runs to his mother. Bravo, kid!

YouTube - Syracuse Orange
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YouTube - Syracuse Orange

People all over love the YouTube video, which currently has over 3.2 million views and 44K likes.

Many have been impressed by the little guy, especially since he was so young performing the song. One YouTube user hilariously commented:

“When I was 3 I ate dirt.”

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Another viewer wrote:

“The fact that he didn’t forget the words is impressive like what some singers have done. Great job buddy!!”

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The internet is full of amazing national anthem performances, but it’s not too often that you want to pinch the singer’s sweet little cheeks! This is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

Press play below to see three-year-old Drake knock the song out of the park!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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