The Super Bowl is definitely one of the most hyped up annual events.
And I think I’ve seen the highest level of excitement for the Super Bowl this year because the 49ers were in it. My husband even bought us all some 49ers apparel — and required us to wear it last Sunday! LOL
So anyway, I like how the Super Bowl started.
Jennifer Hudson singing “America The Great” with the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary School was a great idea. It was heartwarming and I admit I got teary-eyed when the kids were singing. Since I don’t really watch football, the only things I actually pay attention to are the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the halftime performance, and of course, the commercials. There were some hits and misses in terms of the commercials (need I comment on the GoDaddy ad?), and the halftime performance of Beyonce was really good. I was excited to see her with Kelly and Michelle together onstage again.
But the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner at this year’s Super Bowl?
Well, I honestly think Alicia Keys did a great job — except maybe the last part. But as a whole, I think she was able to sing it soulfully well. Not a lot of people agree with me though. I just read a Yahoo Music article about how it was one of the worst renditions ever. Some people say it was too slow, that Alicia Keys made it her own to an extreme level. Some people say that celebrities should just sing it in the original way it was composed because it’s not the artist’s song. It’s America’s song. (You can check out the 19th century version of the melody “arranged by G. W. E. Friederich, the music is played as it would have been heard in 1854” by clicking here.) In case you were unable to hear her sing it, here’s a video of Alicia Keys singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl 2013. What are your thoughts on it? Should singers have the artistic freedom to express themselves and their talent when singing it? Or should they stick to how the composer intended it?