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 ...
Speaking of "diversity," anyone else notice that the three featured performers were all female African-American pop singers around the age of 30? I thought it was insulting that, unlike every other Super Bowl, there was no inclusion of a single native performer from the host state/city. Louisiana? NEW ORLEANS? REALLY?! Think of all the beer drinking men who watch football the rest of the year - and not just for the commercials - don't you think they would have appreciated Tim McGraw? Who am I kidding - the ladies would have loved seeing Tim McGraw, too ;-)
I've heard many artist attempt to sing the star spangled banner and no one to this
date has belted out this song like Whitney Houston. I watched her perform the star
spangled banner and it was sung so beautifully and without any overbearing add-ons.
And since then ,no one has topped Houston's version and I don't think they ever will !
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.
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.