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Alicia Keys to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

By Howard Fendrich

AP Pro Football Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 07:00 a.m. HST, Jan 19, 2013


Alicia Keys is adding her voice to the Super Bowl show for the third time.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer will perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

The league said Friday that Keys' three performances at the Super Bowl will be the most in the event's history. She sang "America the Beautiful" before the 2005 game, and was part of the pregame show in 2008.

Keys, who turns 32 next week, released her fifth studio album, "Girl on Fire," late last year.

The Super Bowl teams will be determined Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers play the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC championship game, and the Baltimore Ravens face the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.

The NFL said in October that Beyonce will be the star of the halftime show at this year's Super Bowl. She sang the national anthem at the 2004 NFL title game in her hometown of Houston.

Others who have performed the national anthem at past Super Bowls include "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson last year, as well as Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond and Mariah Carey.

At the 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas, pop star Christina Aguilera flubbed a line while belting out the national anthem. When she was supposed to sing the words "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," Aguilera instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation — drawing plenty of attention on Twitter.






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dlum003 wrote:
Why do these music "stars" have to horn in on pro footballgames? Every national anthem becomes some wannabe's 15 minutes of fame, very annoying. Just play a recording or have an all-branches military singing group belt it out it strong, fast, and with honor, then I might unmute my TV. Not some diva that wants to demonstrate every nuance of their spectatcular (according to them) vocal acrobatics. UGGGHHHH.
on January 19,2013 | 06:18AM
GONEGOLFIN wrote:
I think they should invetigate thoroughly to ensure there was an actual contract drawn up and signed before they dish out the $200,000 deposit. We all know what happens when proper procedures are not follow, Right Stevie?
on January 19,2013 | 08:19AM
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