Alicia Keys’ red gown proved a show-stealer at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII, where the singer belted out a jazzy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before kick-off.
Keys wore a stunning red Alia gown for her performance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, accessorizing her outfit with an 18k gold Marina B choker.
Singing from behind a silvery-white grand piano and with her hair slicked back, the glamorous star gave a cool, assured performance before an estimated audience of more than 150 million viewers.
As Keys sung, her performance was interspersed with footage of American soldiers overseas and watching athletes. Upon finishing, the singer held her arms aloft in what appeared to be a kind of victory salute. Alicia Keys’ red gown has sparked a rush online to find the glamorous dress rocked by the star.
Speaking before her Super Bowl performance, the singer had told MSN Music:
“I’m really excited about [the performance], 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.”
The star had also taken to Twitter to give her followers an early preview of her gown:
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) February 3, 2013
The positive response to Keys’ less conventional version of the national anthem suggests all that extra rehearsal time was worth it:
How about that dark minor chord on the final “land of the free”? Pretty tasty. Nice one, Alicia Keys. #StarSpangledBanner — jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) February 3, 2013
Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys are two gorgeous and talented women. #Respect
— † Tori † (@ToriFenoff) February 3, 2013
Also worth noting: Keys’ version of the national anthem was long. In fact, it could have been the longest recital yet at a Super Bowl, according to some Twitter users:
I clocked Alicia Keys at 156.4 seconds, breaking the SB mark of 152 seconds by Natalie Cole and choir in 1994.
— David Barron (@dfbarron) February 3, 2013
Of COURSE Alicia Keys went over 2:15. Girl took three and a half minutes to sing the Gummi Bears theme.
— Matt Ufford (@mattufford) February 3, 2013
What did you make of Alicia Keys’ red gown (more photos below!) and Super Bowl performance? If you’ve yet to see it, you can watch it here: