Warren “Wawa” Snipe wowed audiences in Super Bowl LV while performing “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” in American Sign Language during Super Bowl LV.
Snipe, 50, won over the crowd with her spirited expressions and bright smile as she performed alongside HER for “America the Beautiful,” and with Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church for the national anthem.
Snipe majored in theater in college and developed “Dip Hop,” which according to CBS News, described as “Hip Hop Through Deaf Eyes”, in the 90’s. Besides being a rapper, he is also an actor and has a recurring role on The CW’s Black lighting. Released his album, Deaf: So what ?!, in 2016.
In a statement last month, Snipe, an avid soccer fan, spoke about what performing in the Super Bowl meant to him.
“I was very honored and honored to be selected to perform these songs at the Super Bowl,” he said. “It was always my dream to perform in the Super Bowl, and I would love to be able to put on the halftime show on ASL too!”
Before the big game he said CBS News I was preparing by practicing a performance of the songs that closely follows how this year’s singers perform them. He also rehearsed together with the artists.
“My focus will follow how this year’s singers handle songs in their own way,” he said.
“The deaf and hard of hearing community needs access to these iconic songs just like everyone else,” he said as well. “For those who are hearing, try watching TV with the sound and subtitles turned off, and you will experience inaccessibility. Why wouldn’t you want everything to be accessible to everyone, including the deaf and hard of hearing?”