Alicia Keys Will Reportedly Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVII

Ethan GrantAnalyst IJanuary 18, 2013

In terms of pop singers, you likely won't find two better than Alicia Keys and Beyonce to perform together in a planned set.

Super Bowl XLVII has reportedly nabbed both. Keys has been tabbed to sing the U.S. national anthem in New Orleans on Feb. 3. Beyonce has already been confirmed as the halftime performer, and she will reunite with her legendary group Destiny's Child in the process.

We don't know which two teams will play yet, as the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers will square off for a spot in the NFC. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens will do the same in the AFC. Nevertheless, the opening entertainment is already in the books.

Although not yet confirmed by the NFL, the Associated Press reports (via ESPN) that Keys is in fact the singer that will open up the ceremonies before the NFC and AFC representatives battle it out.

Here's an excerpt from the piece:

The Grammy-winning R&B singer has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told The Associated Press on Friday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not yet announced the anthem singer.

The position is one of the most decorated in the history of music appearances. Past performers include Diana Ross (1982), Barry Manilow (1984), Neil Diamond (1987), the late Whitney Houston (1991), Cher (1999), Carrie Underwood (2010) and last year's performer, Kelly Clarkson.

Keys, who just released her fifth studio album Girl on Fire, has other various television and movie credits to her name to go along with her fame as an artist.

The Super Bowl continues to get bigger and bigger each year, and Keys will help personify that fact with what's sure to be a powerful rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."


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