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Alicia Keys Anthem: Super Bowl Singer Criticized Because She Was Sitting

Alicia Keys Anthem: Super Bowl Singer Criticized Because She Was Sitting

Alicia Keys’ anthem performance at Super Bowl 2013 has been criticized because she was sitting at the piano during her arrangement of the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Critics are saying the Alicia Keys anthem arrangement was disrespectful since the singer did not stand nor did she put her right hand over her heart. The NFL has been busy removing copies of the video because the particular arrangement Alicia Keys wrote for the national anthem is covered by copyright law.

One morning show producer told The Huffington Post that the NFL producers could have made some simple tweaks to their pre-game plans:

“It was disrespectful. They had enough time and manpower to think of this before the performance. They could have had her stand at her piano keyboard and sing. To me and a lot of my friends, she sounded great but the visual was wrong.”

A publicist who has worked with Alicia Keys rushed to defend against the idea that the singer meant any disrespect by her actions at Super Bowl 2013:

“Alicia is a proud American and was honored to perform at the event. Her slow version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was her own arrangement, accompanying herself on the piano, adding ‘living in the home of the brave’ at the end of the song. It’s silly to see how that was being disrespectful.”

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, overall the public seems to really like Alicia Keys’ performance, especially how she looked in that red dress. USA Today reports that the Alicia Keys anthem rendition also set records for being the longest version of Francis Scott Key’s lyrics. The previous record was 152 seconds as performed by Natalie Cole in 1994, but the Alicia Keys version of the national anthem went on for 156.4 seconds exactly.

Do you think that the Alicia Keys anthem performance was disrespectful?

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23 Responses to “Alicia Keys Anthem: Super Bowl Singer Criticized Because She Was Sitting”

  1. Heather Johnson

    One must sit to play a grand piano. One must also use two hands.

  2. Suzi Satterfield Simola

    Exactly what Heather said. The critics are… well, quite frankly, ignorant. Some instruments physically cannot be played from a standing position. Or, I suppose, she could have stood up hunched over the grand piano, but then she would not have been able to sing properly because she would not be able to have proper breath support in that position.

    Maybe people who have absolutely zero musical background should just hush. They are showing their ignorance and seem to have no interest in correcting it.

  3. Taquoise Newberry

    Anyone who has ever seen Alicia perform anything knows that the majority of her performances start or end sitting at the piano. I'm sure she meant no disrespect at all. You would have had a better story if you could clue us in on why the lights went out.

  4. Marvin Nugent

    There was no disrespect. She did a wonderful rendition of the anthem. Is this even a story? Seriously? Must people always try to find some sort of controversy in everything? This is a non-starter.

  5. Kafele J Khalfani

    First, can you even work the foot pedals and stand at the same time? It was a beautiful arrangement.

  6. Julie Ann Johnson

    Beg to differ with you all. If you have ever seen Alicia Keys perform live, she stands a lot during her show while playing the keyboard and piano. So, why not this time?

  7. Tony Windle

    the proper way to play a grand is to sit… it's more natural and professional…

  8. Dinah Tutein

    Man! The game is over and people are still complaining? Not everyone who sings the national anthem puts their hand over their heart and how is she going to play with one hand? She might have felt more comfortable while sitting at the piano…you are supposed to perform when you feel your best, give your best. People just have to have something to complain about. This is just as bad as the Republicans who said Obama should resign because Beyonce was lip synching and claimed he lip synched his oath (yes that actually happened). SMH.

  9. Eugene Hanley

    I THINK RACSISTS ARE RUNNING OUT OF REASONS TO TRY TO DEGRADE "BLACK AMERICANS"…and may be jealous of the eloquent renditions we strife for to show our AMERICANISMS and OUR LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY!

  10. John E Bailey

    FYI… It's usually harder to belt out words to a song and stay on key while sitting. Not to mention her playing piano at the same time. Boy they try to start up for any little reason.

  11. Stacie FI

    This is some bs. Since there is nothing else to talk about, gossip about, sensationalize, since America is finally starting to evolve from the drama they have to find some ridiculous bs to make in the news. All along they need to complain about the gov't and how's its affecting our lives. example this hellish water.

  12. Robert Finlay

    Why so much outrage over talented people performing the national anthem? Clarence Thomas did not put HIS hand over his sorry heart… where the outrage? Oh, I forgot, He was appointed by a Republican. One must SIT to play the piano, and last time I checked it is a two handed instrument. Idiot issue.

  13. Mary Kenneally Nordin

    How stupid is that? Really, is that all they can squak about? Damn stupid people really tend to get on my nerves………..those people need to get a life if that's all they are concerned about, bigger problems in this country than whether someone who is playing the piano did not put her hand over heart……..REALLY?!!!!!

  14. Patrick McKay

    Here is a Lady who was PROUD to be of SERVICE to the American people and did her very best to put on a good performance, yet she has strange people critiquing her! ARE they qualified? Doubt it! That comment about hand over heart….ok if you are WATCHING, but it might have placed it beyond her expertise to play a piano with one hand over her heart. Funny thing is, many of these detractors are likely to break Laws in their Nation….. Laws which are there for the protection of ALL Americans…..oh, but that's ok, because it suits THEM at the time. WHERE is the LAW saying the right hand IS TO BE placed over the heart? It is a CUSTOM otherwise VETS who had lost limbs might not be qualified as good American Citizens, because they CAN'T do what these self riteous clowns are stating!

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