In the unlikely event that you were not sitting in rapt attention inches from your television set when it happened, you can now see video of R. Kelly performing his glorious FIFA anthem, “Sign of a Victory,” at the World Cup Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa this morning. On his knees! And in what appears to be two winter coats! (It’s nearly 60 degrees in Johannesburg today.) Look at that sparkling hood! Also, in ostensible promotion of his new song, he’s given a pair of delightful interviews — one to the AP in which he says he hopes that everybody will be as touched by “Victory” as he was when he first heard it in his head, and another to The Wall Street Journal in which he describes his amazing writing process:
Kelly describes himself as a “method writer” and when he took the assignment, he signed up to run some drills with the Chicago Fire professional soccer club in his hometown to get more of a feel for the game. He also watched the film Invictus, a movie set in South Africa about the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and bought some books about soccer from Borders. “My sport is basketball,” he says.
That is some impressive dedication to one’s craft. Did Shakira go to Borders or watch Invictus? Click for the video.