Alicia Keys is excited to start the Super Bowl off by performing the National Anthem at the game on February 3.
“I’m very excited to perform at the Super Bowl. It’s really gonna set the game off. I feel really excited about doing that, and it’s my first time really doing that — the national anthem that really starts the whole game off so I’m incredibly excited,” Keys told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” she also said, according to Billboard.
Keys will be joining the list of previous National Anthem performers that include Kelly Clarkson, Billy Joel, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston.
The Grammy Award-winning singer also debuted her first film on Thursday, January 17 at the Sundance Film Festival. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, directed by George Tillman Jr., is about two young boys who survive the streets of Brooklyn on their own and stars Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks.
“It’s great because I love being part of bringing stories that you wouldn’t often hear to the world. The fact that it was in my hometown – New York – that felt really good. The most important thing for me is that it looked and was so authentic,” Keys said about the film.