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Alicia Keys to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Alicia Keys AP

We’ve known for a while that Beyoncé Knowles will be the halftime entertainment during the Super Bowl and now we know who will sing The Star Spangled Banner before the game.

The NFL announced Friday that Alicia Keys will do the honors in New Orleans next month. Keys, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, follows in the footsteps of singers like Knowles, Barry Manilow, Cher and Whitney Houston.

It’s the third time Keys has performed at a Super Bowl. She sang America the Beautiful before Super Bowl XXXIX and performed as part of the pregame festivities prior to Super Bowl XLII.

Keys will try to avoid making any mistakes with the lyrics, something Christina Aguilera wasn’t lucky enough to do when she did the honors before Super Bowl XLV in 2011. She’ll warm up for her Super Bowl gig by performing at one of the balls associated with next week’s presidential inauguration.

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16 Responses to “Alicia Keys to sing anthem at Super Bowl”
  1. mmsierra says: Jan 18, 2013 3:36 PM

    Did they check with the 49ers ??
    or, at least Harbaugh

  2. seanpbeck says: Jan 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Can Alicia and Beyonce trade gigs? Keys is way better.

  3. guitarmy204 says: Jan 18, 2013 3:43 PM

    What’s the Over/Under?

  4. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    No one, no one, no wahahahaaaaan can get in the way of the Pats next Super Bowl title!

  5. duncanthecat says: Jan 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    Why?

    Are the Red Hot Chili Peppers not available?

    Good reason to get to your seat late.

  6. Ponder This says: Jan 18, 2013 3:54 PM

    I wish they could get Barry Manilow back.

  7. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 18, 2013 4:01 PM

    I met her backstage after using my Citibank card. We took a picture together. Girl is on fire.

  8. johnnyhambone says: Jan 18, 2013 4:06 PM

    would be nice if no one sang at the super bowl!

  9. patriotsdefense says: Jan 18, 2013 4:20 PM

    “seanpbeck says: Jan 18, 2013 3:40 PM

    Can Alicia and Beyonce trade gigs? Keys is way better.”
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    Couldn’t agree with you more. The reason it’s Beyonce is because of Pepsi. She is a Pepsi Artist and Pepsi is now the Halftime sponsor. Get ready for a terrible decade of halftime shows, though I think she’ll do fine. Next year when it’s One Direction will be the time to be sad.
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    “duncanthecat says: Jan 18, 2013 3:50 PM

    Why?

    Are the Red Hot Chili Peppers not available?”
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    I wish. They’d be great for halftime.

  10. noring4youstill says: Jan 18, 2013 4:20 PM

    Yay! Now I know I’ll watch.

  11. censoredagain says: Jan 18, 2013 4:29 PM

    Ugh…

    They keep going out of their way to find people with the least amount of talent, but since the sheeple consider it to be ‘music’, we all suffer.

  12. wethog66 says: Jan 18, 2013 4:59 PM

    I sure hope she follows Whitney Houston’s example and sings the Anthem straight with no unnecessary personal accents added. If so, I think Alicia Keys could rival Houston’s version (by far the best version of the National Anthem ever done.).

  13. masterblaster78 says: Jan 18, 2013 5:03 PM

    Don’t forget the words.

  14. justanotherdummy says: Jan 18, 2013 5:20 PM

    She’s average, overhyped and thinks too much of her own unspectacular voice. There are better choices out there.

  15. profootballwalk says: Jan 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    She’ll perform on the Presidential balls? Michelle be hatin.’

  16. ctiggs says: Jan 18, 2013 7:02 PM

    To the guy that said alica keys doesnt have talent, please come out of your cave. Not only can she sing better than beyonce, but she is amazing on the piano, a skill few in this blog have or ever will have.

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