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Monday, February 4, 2013

Searing in scarlet! Glammed up Alicia Keys puts in a moving performance of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl

By JADE WATKINS and ELEANOR GOWER

All new: Alicia Keys impressed fans with her emotional all-new version of the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday

With her long red gown, chic hair style and gold necklace, Alicia Keys cut a striking figure as she sat down behind a silvery white grand piano in the middle of the field at the Super Bowl on Sunday.
And the star delivered on her promise to delivered an all-new version of the Star Spangled banner before kick off in New Orleans.
Alicia showed no nerves as she confidently sung a mellow, jazzy rendition of anthem in front of an estimated audience of more than 150 million.

Flying the flag: The star showed no nerves as she sat down behind her silver piano

The anthem was interspersed with shots of American soldiers overseas spliced with emotional watching athletes.
At the culmination of her performance, Alicia closed her eyes and held her arms aloft in a type of victory salute.
Following the furore of Beyonce lip syncing to the Star Spangled Banner at President Obama's Inauguration, the pressure was on Alicia to deliver.

Saluting the crowd: Alicia held her arms aloft at the culmination of her performance

'I'm really excited about it, I can't even lie,' the singer told The Huffington Post prior to Sunday's performance.
'I have to rehearse it totally, as if it's a brand-new song, because it is actually a brand new song in the style that I'll deliver it. I'm actually rehearsing it like a maniac.'
Luckily, Alicia's rendition went off without a hitch, unlike Christina Aguilera's notorious line fluffing back in 2011.

Refreshment break: The star had a drink next to her in a special holder during her performance

She follows in the footsteps of stars including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks in performing the anthem.
She was spotted making her way onto the sidelines with husband Swizz Beatz prior to her performance.
Earlier, the singer shared her pre-performance ritual with her fans on Twitter this morning, saying: 'Just finished a beautiful, calming yoga session. My intention is 2 enjoy every piece of this special day! What's urs?'
She also tweeted several pictures of herself getting ready on Sunday morning including a snap of her wearing a white robe, and another one admiring her reflection in the crimson gown.

Lady in red: Alicia showed off her svelte figure in the fishtail crimson gown

'Almost ready to sing at the @Superbowl! Is this football appropriate?' she wrote. 'Heels are my version of cleets!'
She also posted another photograph of herself looking a lot more low key dressed in a white robe in her dressing room.
Accompanying the snap, the Girl On Fire star wrote: 'Getting ready to sing my heart out for America! The city is electric!! ;-) !!!'

Ready to go: Swizz Beatz joined his wife as they made their way to the sidelines prior to her performance

Getting ready: Alicia clutched a drink as she made her way to the field



source: dailymail



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