Alicia Keys sets Super Bowl record with extended 'Star-Spangled Banner'
Longest … National Anthem … ever
Super Bowl fans aren't known for sitting quietly for prolonged periods while contemplating this great land of ours. But they were forced to do just that during Alicia Keys' emotional and drawn-out rendition of the national anthem at Sunday's Super Bowl. With just her silver piano for accompaniment, the red-gown-clad chanteuse belted out a slow, soulful version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that clocked in at 156.5 seconds. According to anthem expert David Barron (yes, there is such a thing), Alicia's version is nearly four seconds longer than the previous lengthy record-holder from Natalie Cole. By comparison, Kelly Clarkson's 2012 rendition lasted a mere 90 seconds, which, let's face it, hardly gives viewers enough time for a bathroom break and beer replenishing. The big question, of course, is how Alicia's interpretation stacks up against Bleeding Gum Murphy's endless performance on "The Simpsons." Judge for yourself …
Watch Alicia croon here. Then compare ...
Awful Its the NATIONAL ANTHEM not HER SONG/ Its OUR SONG,,leave it alone and rewrite the rest
This absurd over stylized, dragged out singing of our National Anthem needs to stop. This was just painful to watch AND listen to. Maybe going forward, they should just bring in a local high school band and have them play it. Then we won't have to listen to any more self-serving twits try to sing it.
she continues to bore the heck out of me!
bla bla bla...she does this to all tunes...they go on forever...same crap repeated!
enough already.....hush up, will you.
If it doesn't matter what our National Anthem sounds like, if it's a "reflection of our diversity," then how come "Hail to the Chief" doesn't get the Star-Mangled Banner treatment? Or any of the anthems that represent our armed forces? Because they aren't perform at sporting events watched by millions of people, that's why. Simply put, this "re-imagining" of the national anthem is simply a means to show off. Period.
I've heard many artist attempt the star spangled banner and no one to this date has
belted out a better rendition of this song than Whitney Houston. When I heard Ms.Houston
sing the star spangled banner it sent chills through me and made me proud to be an American.
I wasn't moved at all by Alicia Key's version.