A Deaf Artist, Warren Snipe, will perform the songs in ASL at the Super Bowl

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The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) recently announced the next Deaf person who will be signing American Sign Language (ASL) at the Super Bowl LV 2021: Warren “Wawa” Snipe!

ASL performer Super Bowl 2021
© Warren WaWa Snipe

Wawa is a Deaf rapper and recording artist in the Hip Hop world, and he hopes to put Deaf recording artists on the map in the mainstream public interest. His recent song release “LOUD!” became popular within the signing community. You can purchase his album or songs here!


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Snipe will perform the National Anthem and America the Beautiful in ASL at the Super Bowl, which is one of the most-watched television broadcasts in the United States. It wasn’t until the year of 1992, ASL was used for the first time alongside the lead singer.

Since then, the Deaf communities look forward to seeing ASL at Super Bowl and signed by the member of Deaf communities. ASL performers include Marlee Matlin (1993, 2007 & 2016), John Maucere (2013), Treshelle Edmond (2015), Christine Sun Kim (2020), and many more. It considers being a huge honor to sign ASL on the field, serving the Deaf community.

Although there are cases that disappointed the Deaf communities, like Rachel Mazique (2012) and Christine Sun Kim. Kim expressed disappointment that she appeared on-screen for a few brief seconds and the camera was panning away from her while signing. For those people who are watching at home, they were unable to see her signing the songs in ASL fully. “Why have a sign language performance that is not accessible to anyone who would like to see it?” she said.

Like Kim, the Deaf communities shared that the Super Bowl needs to be better about accommodating and elevating the deaf community in the future. We hope that their voices are been listened to because we are looking forward to seeing Warren “Wawa” Snipe on-screen equally as the singer this time!

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One Response

  1. All week I had been excited about Warren Snipes performing “America the Beautiful” and “American National Anthem”. However on the day it was showing the Super Bowl on television, I was very disappointed to not see him signing the songs on screen as much as the singer. So I had to watch him on YouTube. I totally agree with Mrs. Matlin and Ms. Kim that the Super Bowl or other sports broadcasting should show both the Singer and the Signer whole performance.

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