Alicia Keys rocks a soulful Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl

By Alexi Knock,

Although Beyonce’s halftime performance was the most talked about of the night, one can’t forget Alicia Keys’ successful (and live) rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

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Keys' preparation for singing the National Anthem was practically ignored following the controversy of Beyonce’s performance of the song during the Presidential Inauguration. Perhaps the privacy helped, because the singer-songwriter managed to make the song her own.

Keys even remembered all of the words, unlike Christina Aguilera, who messed up in front of millions during the 2011 Super Bowl.

Images of soldiers overseas were displayed as Keys sang a jazzy version of the anthem at her piano in a red dress.

Before the Super Bowl, Keys stated at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, “I'm really excited about it, I can't even lie. 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."

Right after her performance, the artist tweeted, “One of the most watched games all year & I was on millions of TVs... I was definitely feeling those butterflyz!” and “what a beautiful moment to be able to perform for my country!”

Singer-songwriter Solange Knowles tweeted at Keys, “you were beautiful today!”

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