Alicia Keys Must Be Careful While Spicing Up Super Bowl National Anthem

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 10:  Alicia Keys performs a song during the kick-off celebration concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at the Orlando Stadium on June 10, 2010 in Soweto, South Africa.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVII, but it is important for not to waste the opportunity in front of her.

The talented singer obviously has an incredible voice and was a great selection for this prestigious honor, but she did give an interesting quote about the upcoming performance (MSN Entertainment):

I'm really excited about it, 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.

If she is really presenting the song in a completely new style, this could end up being a mistake.

Americans are unsurprisingly serious about the national anthem. When a singer belts out the Star Spangled Banner in front of a large audience, that person better get it right. Christina Aguilera made that mistake in the Super Bowl two years ago. She messed up the lyrics and is still judged for it. 

Of course, that was not as bad as this meltdown during the NBA playoffs.

Even Beyonce was questioned during the week for apparently using a prerecorded version of the song at the presidential inauguration. 

In this age of the Internet, any mistake will live on forever. Keys does not want to be part of this club.

Even if the Grammy Award winner gets every word right, changing the style could be very risky. 

The Star Spangled Banner has officially been the national anthem since 1931. It is an incredibly important song, and generations of Americans have heard more or less the same song at every major occasion throughout their entire lives.

At the most popular sporting event of the year, Keys does not want to offend people with anything new.

Oddsmakers are expecting some sort of twist on the song. Bovada put the over/under of the performance at two minutes and 15 seconds. According to David Bamundo the Wall Street Journal, that would be the longest performance in 10 years.

That is not necessarily an accomplishment.

It is impossible to deny Keys' singing talent. When she gets onto the field, everyone should be impressed with her voice alone. Honestly, she should not need to do anything special to turn heads.

The national anthem has started sporting events for a long time. There is no reason for Keys to reinvent the wheel. All she needs to do is sing the original song to the best of her ability and allow the game to be the main attraction on Sunday.