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Alicia Keys Sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVII


Alicia Keys offered a soulful "Star Spangled Banner" (which brought Baltimore Raven Brendon Ayanbadejo to tears 2:25) before the kick-off of Super Bowl XLVII.


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  1. Fantastic!

    Posted by: trees | Feb 3, 2013 8:15:30 PM

  2. Powerful. Reverential. Understated. Emphasizing the words and the meaning.

    Posted by: john patrick | Feb 3, 2013 8:19:20 PM

  3. Alicia did such a great job - so moving and that Brendon is such a beautiful man!!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 3, 2013 8:40:32 PM

  4. The national anthem is not to be performed.

    One gives a rendition of the anthem, not a performance.

    It is not about the singer, but about the song.

    That's one reason it's not appropriate to applaud after the singing of the anthem.

    Whitney did not try to turn it into some kind of soul thang. She's one of the few pop singers who have ever gotten it right.

    Posted by: Leontyne | Feb 3, 2013 9:51:44 PM

  5. There's a lot to be said for performing the National Anthem straight up as it is written, but one can't deny Alicia's version was beautifully sung without runs all over the place. Thumbs up IMHO.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Feb 3, 2013 11:17:17 PM

  6. Yuck. Far too artsy.

    And,'s the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Could they not have found an American-made piano in all of New Orleans for her to play? Did it have to have the Yamaha logo splashed across it? No Baldwins? No Steinways? No Mason & Hamlins? Did nobody think about the symbolism (which is the only reason to sing the song in the first place)?


    Posted by: Tatts | Feb 3, 2013 11:39:28 PM

  7. Tatts,
    I thought the same thing about the piano. I was a little surprised by the Yamaha as well.

    Posted by: John | Feb 4, 2013 12:36:04 AM

  8. Alicia Keys is a Yamaha sponsored artist. You won't see her playing on anything else and I'm sure it was in her performance contract with the NFL.

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 4, 2013 2:09:51 AM

  9. #TeamWhitney

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Feb 4, 2013 2:18:07 AM

  10. BTW, Baldwins aren't made in the US anymore (since Gibson bought them.)

    Posted by: unruly | Feb 4, 2013 2:19:49 AM


    Posted by: JoMamma! | Feb 4, 2013 2:21:14 AM

  12. Immaculate and tasteful. Very.

    Posted by: Jack | Feb 4, 2013 6:23:20 AM

  13. Considering "The Star Spangled Banner" regularly lends itself to abuse so easily due to its difficult melody, I thought this was a stellar performance. The chords were gorgeous, and unlike other performers, Keys really seemed to be thinking about the lyrics, not showing off with runs all over the place. Brava! (However, I still think "America the Beautiful" should always be allowed as an acceptable "alternate" national anthem.)

    Posted by: Dback | Feb 4, 2013 8:55:25 AM

  14. If Scipio Africanus wears long hair at Zama what difference does it make? She's up there because she has talent - let her do her thing.

    Posted by: Basil | Feb 4, 2013 9:23:08 AM

  15. Let "Medea" perform it? She's been dead for thousands of years, even if she did ever live, which is unlikely.

    Posted by: BenR | Feb 4, 2013 10:29:56 AM

  16. Although I do think that a psychotic murderous demi-godess performing the national anthem would definitely be entertaining. Although probably not appropriate.

    Posted by: BenR | Feb 4, 2013 10:35:08 AM

  17. I thought this was the performance highlight of the night. It was one of the more understated versions I've heard--a little embellishment, but not the crazy melisma abuse of Aguilera and others. And from personal experience: that song is tough to perform seated.

    Posted by: Stefan | Feb 4, 2013 10:36:40 AM

  18. Love the "How can they use a Yamaha piano?" comment. Uh, because this is the "land of the free" like the frickin' song says.

    Posted by: Billy | Feb 4, 2013 11:10:46 AM

  19. Has her version ended yet? Just sing the dreary song with horrible lyrics and get it over with, why act like a coloratura soprano on acid?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 4, 2013 4:18:27 PM

  20. Even if she was playing on a Borsendorfer it should still be considered as a Yamaha piano since Yamaha owns the brand anyway. Yamaha dominates the piano market.

    Posted by: Nizar | Feb 6, 2013 11:38:26 PM

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