The Super Bowl National Anthem 2013 is over, and it's time to grade Alicia Keys' performance.
Keys went dramatic with the piano and went slow and steady. It was a performance that was a bit long, but it was a chance to showcase her incredible voice.
It was definitely a slow performance, with each word measured and clear. In fact, it was one of the longest performances of all-time:
I clocked Alicia Keys at 156.4 seconds, breaking the SB mark of 152 seconds by Natalie Cole and choir in 1994.— David Barron (@dfbarron) February 3, 2013
Keys made sure to enunciate every word of the anthem. She stretched out the most important words, like "free" and "brave."
The piano was a very nice touch. It got rave reviews on Twitter:
How about that dark minor chord on the final "land of the free"? Pretty tasty. Nice one, Alicia Keys. #StarSpangledBanner
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) February 3, 2013
Her performance was dark and melancholy, which was appropriate given that students from Sandy Hook Elementary School had sung God Bless America a few minutes prior.
Her performance deserved an A-. The piano was beautiful and, while long, it was more of a chance to show off her voice.
Overall, it was one of the better performances in Super Bowl history. It combined a great voice, star power and tremendous music to deliver on all fronts.