Super Bowl National Anthem 2013: Grading Alicia Keys' Performance

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Super Bowl National Anthem 2013: Grading Alicia Keys' Performance
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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:

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:

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. 

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