Alicia Keys Plays Piano Version of National Anthem

Brian Anthony Hernandez
February 3, 2013

Unlike recent Super Bowl national anthem performances from other musicians, Alicia Keys opted to play piano while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Viewers on Twitter had mixed reviews for Keys, who just days before game day was appointed BlackBerry's global creative director.

Keys is the first artist to use a piano during a national anthem performance at a Super Bowl since Billy Joel in 2007.

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Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem in 2012, a year after Christina Aguilera flubbed the song's lyrics at the previous Super Bowl (watch below). Other past performers include Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross, Jewel, Harry Connick Jr., Dixie Chicks and Cher.

Keys, a 14-time Grammy winner, will embark on a North American concert tour in March. Her fifth studio album, Girl on Fire, debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart in November.

Click here to view the gallery: Previous National Anthem Singers at the Super Bowl

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