Alicia Keys' highly anticipated national anthem performance turned heads around the nation at Super Bowl XLVII.
The soulful R&B artist treated the New Orleans crowd to a beautiful rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, accompanied by her signature piano playing.
While the performance was lengthy (2:26), it might have been one of the best national anthem performances of all time.
Let's take a look at what the Twitter universe thought of Keys.
Keys posted this picture on her official Twitter page (@aliciakeys) prior to singing the anthem. It's already been re-tweeted over 2,400 times:
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News didn't anticipate such a lengthy performance:
I thought the over/under on Alicia Keys anthem -- 2:15-- was way too high. Now I think she'll break 3 minutes. ... Unreal.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) February 3, 2013
@CaptainComeback isn't a fan of Keys, but respects her musicianship:
Not a fan, but Alicia Keys is a musician. Beyonce is nothing more than a performer.— Scott Kacsmar (@CaptainComeback) February 3, 2013
Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, was a big fan of Keys' classy rendition:
Very nice, mellow version of the National Anthem by Alicia Keys...appropriate in New Orleans to have something with jazz overtones...— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 3, 2013
Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated hopes the Super Bowl doesn't take as long as the national anthem:
hopefully the game isn't as long as alicia keys' rendition of the national anthem.— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) February 3, 2013