It’s finally here! The moment we have all been waiting for… Super Bowl Sunday!!!
You don’t have to be a football fanatic to be excited about this Super Bowl Sunday! Many people have looked forward to Super Bowl Sunday to enjoy the food, parties, friends and family gatherings, extremely expensive commercials, and/or artist performances. Yes, there are also those who really do want to be undisturbed to actually watch the football game. Regardless of why we all enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, at the Heads call at the coin toss, not much else will be discussed until the game is over and maybe a few days have passed.
For now though, let us take a moment to speak on the artist performances aspect…specifically Alicia Keys and her rendition of the National Anthem.
Who is Alicia Keys?
Alicia Keys, age 32, was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981. Also known as Lellow, Keys is a world renowned singer, songwriter, and musician who has attained many musical milestones, received numerous awards, sold over 35 million albums and 30 million awards. It’s no wonder where her stage name came from as she is a musical wonder on the piano and keyboard – so much so that she enchanted musical legend Stevie Wonder, one of her idols, to play along with her. She has since performed with Wonder and a surplus of other musical geniuses during her musical career.
Keys married record producer Swizz Beatz on July 31, 2010. In October of the same year, she gave birth to their son, Egypt.
Little know facts about Alicia Keys:
She made an appearance on the Cosby Show when she was four years old, as Rudy Huxtable's sleep over guest.
She began playing the piano when she was seven.
She was designated as the Global Creative Director for Blackberry, mobile devices, on January 30, 3013.
Alicia Keys performed the opening National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013. In exquisite classical form, she wore her newly cropped hairstyle extremely Matrix-like molded to accent her sleeveless, red dress, which was fitted on top with a-line, floor-length skirting. Very cute!
Having seen Keys perform several times, as well as being a fan of her earlier works, it must be said that something was amiss with her performance at the Super Bowl XLVII, which was held at the Mercedez Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on February 3, 2013.
Keys’ rendition of the National Anthem was very slow, almost dragging. She also seemed to waver at times, not hitting the notes as effortless as she has seemed to in the past.
Was it a good performance? Yes.
Was it worth of an historical event such as Super Bowl XLVII. No.
Not a memorable performance.
Directly after the performance, Facebook posts were fired off.
Comments echoed the impression of the Atlanta Entertainment Examiner: “Alicia is on my nerves with this slow motion Star Spangled Banner.”
While other die-hard fans wanted to show their support: “Alicia played some nice chords on the piano” and “Good job Alicia Keys…you just do you.”
What are your thoughts?