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Super Bowl National Anthem 2013: Twitter Reaction to Alicia Keys' Performance

Alicia Keys' rendition of the National Anthem was a hit.
Alicia Keys' rendition of the National Anthem was a hit.Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Stephen SheehanCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2013

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: 

Almost ready to sing at the @superbowl! Is this football appropriate? Heels are my version of cleets! ;-)#SB47 twitter.com/aliciakeys/sta…

— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) February 3, 2013

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

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