Did You Like Alicia Keys Performance at Superbowl 2013? (video inside)
There was no question in our mind that the songbird recording artist Alicia Keys came to this years Superbowl with one thing on her mind…to ace the singing of the national anthem and she made sure people knew that her performance was not lip song. While there are many reasons performances have their song pre-recorded before a major event is prevalent in the business, the artist didn’t have to put a plan b in effect this evening as she song it live.
The 14-time Grammy winner, who is scheduled to perform March 10 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, delivered a dramatically different version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It was the polar opposite of some of the high-flying vocal affairs of past Super Bowls, such as Whitney Houston’s memorable tutorial in vocal gymnastics before the 1991 game in Tampa.
Instead, Keys sat at the piano and crooned slowly at the start of the difficult number, handling the words with deliberate care. The rendition was sweet, soft and breathy, exuding a relaxed vibe that seemed nearly impossible for the occasion. Keys showed uncommon restraint at the start, eventually moving to a greater degree of passion as the song steadily built toward a powerful climax.
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