Alicia Keys Criticized for Sitting During the National Anthem

Alicia Keys Super Bowl

Alicia Keys made the right decision to scrap her idea of drastically changing the lyrics to the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. But Keys still can’t win. Now she is being roundly criticized for sitting down at a piano while singing the National Anthem. She should have known better, say historians who prefer singers to stand upright and proud while singing the Star Spangled Banner.

“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,” One morning show producer told The Huffington Post.

The Inquisitor reports that Keys’ publicist rushed to control the damage to Keys’ reputation.

“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.”

There was one positive outcome: USA Today reports that the Alicia Keys anthem rendition set the record for the longest version ever at 156.4 seconds. The previous record was held by Natalie Cole at 154 seconds in 1994.

Yes, people really do care about stuff like that.

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    101 Responses to “Alicia Keys Criticized for Sitting During the National Anthem”

    1. 1
      Flawless says:

      really; who cares :coffee:

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      BCinKS says:

      THAT’S what they are complaining about regarding her performance? :blink:

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      JMO says:

      That …. my friends … is what you call … constipation.

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      Ni ni says:

      Ive been trying to find a video alicia keys performance online but I keep getting a message about the nfl has blocked the video due to copyright. They should be mad that the whore of babylon was on stage slinging her pu$$y in they kids face. I hope they bring back the marching band next yr.

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      Oldskool71 says:

      @JMO
      I think she’s just squinting to read the lyrics

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      twerkthat says:

      And on that note :coffee:

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      @NikkeMinxx says:

      Right BC because she had that dress, and that hair… I mean sitting down was the best thing for her IMO. Becausee Im still tryna unsee her rolling her big arse atop that piano on BET.

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      twerkthat says:

      JMO says:

      That …. my friends … is what you call … constipation.

      :wail:

    9. 9
      Oldskool71 says:

      @NikkeMinxx says:
      Right BC because she had that dress, and that hair… I mean sitting down was the best thing for her IMO. Becausee Im still tryna unsee her rolling her big arse atop that piano on BET.

      ——————————————
      :blink: :rofl:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      :hahaha: JMO

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      gbellab says:

      who mother effin cares??? people are so full of crap. Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!
      shut the fukk up already. Unnamed sources need to get a hobby. Jesus H Christ!

    12. 12

      they shoulda been criticizing them flat ass notes instead. did Ray Charles get this kinda flack?? :cool:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      You mad? :hahaha:

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      Ni ni says:

      Ive been trying to find a video alicia keys performance online but I keep getting a message about the nfl has blocked the video due to copyright. They should be mad that the whore of babylon was on stage slinging her pu$$y in they kids face. I hope they bring back the marching band next yr.
      *************

      lol @ whore of Babylon :lol:

    15. 15
      Bird says:

      Folk will complain about any and errthang if they can find someone to listen. She was playing the freakin piano for crying out loud. And the crying out loud is what I’d be more concerned with. I didn’t hear it (thank God) but AK ain’t never been able to sing a lick in my humble opinion.

    16. 16

      <–didn't preciate how she ended the song….

      Marvin Gaye did it BEST IMB!

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      @NikkeMinxx says:

      @OTB #13.. As I matter of fact, yes I am.

      Oldskool, tell me you saw it….. Prince’s BET tribute was full of struggle and shade.

    18. 18

      :hi: gbellab

      Jesus H Christ!

      define the H please? :think:

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      Lady_Elle says:

      Because she is a woman of color… no matter what she does… it is questioned.

      She sang… not lip synced

      She sang slowly… and played a piano!

      Some feel she should have stood to play!

      No matter what she did… there would have been complaints!

      ** smh ** NO WIN SITUATION!!! :shrugs:

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      Lady_Elle says:

      @Ni Ni: Alicia Keye’s camp copywrited the video. The NFL is not the one blocking the video.

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      libra80sbaby says:

      :rolleyes: Alicia Keys and her struggle voice. She can’t sing worth chit anyway. THAT should have been the complaint.

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      GellySammich says:

      While I appreciate a well played race card, I don’t know if I’m buying that this time Elle. But :shrug: ion care

      :waves: hey yall

    23. 23
      Oldskool71 says:

      @NikkeMinxx
      Yessssss, and that image popped right into my head when you brought it up! :rofl:

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      :hahaha: Nikke

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      JD says:

      HER PERFORMANCE WASN’T MEMORABLE….I forgot the second the game started who sang the National Anthem. She didn’t have the range to be selected for that anyway.

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      OutsidetheBox says:

      Because she is a woman of color… no matter what she does… it is questioned.

      She sang… not lip synced

      She sang slowly… and played a piano!

      Some feel she should have stood to play!

      No matter what she did… there would have been complaints!

      ** smh ** NO WIN SITUATION!!!

      _________________________________________

      :huh: Beyonce got more color..if we pulling cards.. she also sang along with her track..do we have to repeat all the chit Bey does at once *hair toss*

      But we #winning so mah bad..carry on.. :kona:

    28. 28
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Sammich nom nom nom! :kiss:

    29. 29
      Oldskool71 says:

      :waves: Until tomorrow my beautifah peeps!

    30. 30

      OTB you leaving me anything soon?

    31. 31
      GellySammich says:

      OTBey! :love:

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      Diva says:

      Nothing to see here folks. Alicia’s version of our National Anthem was nothing compared to Whitney and Marvin Gaye!!!!!! End of STORY

    34. 34
      Diva says:

      :bye: Oldschool
      :wave: Gelly
      OTB handle Kenya wif kid gloves….she special :rofl:

    35. 35

      hush up diva! I had to reread my post.. it does sound special :lol:

    36. 36
      GellySammich says:

      FAYFAY! What’s up mama? I’ve developed an eye twitch lately (no joke). I think it’s whip withdrawal =/. I waited too late to replenish my stash!

    37. 37
      OutsidetheBox says:

      Im sitting over here like..what in the hell I done promised Caramel? :eek:

      Girlllllll. :lol:

    38. 38
      iAmChan says:

      @ Fay Pouring out likka is pretty much alcohol abuse and it will NOT be tolerated. Me and you gots us an understanding.

      @OldSkool We got married while I was still a soldier

    39. 39
      GellySammich says:

      Hey there Diva :hug:

    40. 40

      Diva,

      answer me this, whatchu thank this mean. Say you text dude “Im done wasting my time with you. k.”

      He responsed “ok damn”

      what you thank that mean?

    41. 41
    42. 42
      Diva says:

      Caramel Cutie says:

      Diva,

      answer me this, whatchu thank this mean. Say you text dude “Im done wasting my time with you. k.”

      He responsed “ok damn”

      what you thank that mean?
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      It means you beat him to the punch….he was gonna text yo azz that… :rofl:

    43. 43

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Im sitting over here like..what in the hell I done promised Caramel?

      Girlllllll.
      *****
      :lol: OTB, you got me loling..

      diva ignore that question, That was for OTB but I thought she was gone so I was just gone use u instead :lol:

    44. 44

      libra80sbaby says:

      :rolleyes: Alicia Keys and her struggle voice.

      :rofl:

    45. 45
      Lady_Elle says:

      Alicia is called out for what????

      Sitting while playing the piano?

      Recently… Bey was called out. For lip-syncing to her own voice on tape!

      Much ado about nothing. IMO

    46. 46
      Diva says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Im sitting over here like..what in the hell I done promised Caramel?
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      She try to get you caught up in a trick bag!!!! :nono: keep yo distance :warning:

    47. 47

      see Diva, that’s why I didn’t assssskk you!

    48. 48
      Diva says:

      Caramel Cutie says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Im sitting over here like..what in the hell I done promised Caramel?

      Girlllllll.
      *****
      OTB, you got me loling..

      diva ignore that question, That was for OTB but I thought she was gone so I was just gone use u instead

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      See its this shyt right here Kenya Moe!!!!!

    49. 49
      GellySammich says:

      but fa real… what a right eye twitch mean? :huh: money coming? somebody doing me wrong?

    50. 50
      Diva says:

      {{{{{SCREAMING}}}}} *LAWD HELP KENYA*

    51. 51

      Diva says:

      Caramel Cutie says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Im sitting over here like..what in the hell I done promised Caramel?

      Girlllllll.
      *****
      OTB, you got me loling..

      diva ignore that question, That was for OTB but I thought she was gone so I was just gone use u instead

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      See its this shyt right here Kenya Moe!!!!!
      **********
      LOOK AT YOUR RESPONSE THO!!!!

    52. 52
      Diva says:

      GellySammich says:

      but fa real… what a right eye twitch mean? money coming? somebody doing me wrong?

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Yo right palm not itching…so no money is coming :rofl: you better get some vision for that right eye pronto though :hahaha:

    53. 53
      OutsidetheBox says:

      He done @Caramel. Delete his number.

    54. 54

      RIGHT EYE TWITCHING MEANS BAD LUCK IF YOU SAY IT OUT LOUD

    55. 55
      Diva says:

      Caramel Cutie says:

      Diva says:

      Caramel Cutie says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      Im sitting over here like..what in the hell I done promised Caramel?

      Girlllllll.
      *****
      OTB, you got me loling..

      diva ignore that question, That was for OTB but I thought she was gone so I was just gone use u instead

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      See its this shyt right here Kenya Moe!!!!!
      **********
      LOOK AT YOUR RESPONSE THO!!!!

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      gal gone somewhere I ain’t finna play wif you…………. :rofl: Sandra come get Kenya please and thank you in advance

    56. 56
      Diva says:

      OutsidetheBox says:

      He done @Caramel. Delete his number.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      :applause: thank you geez

    57. 57
    58. 58

      DIIIIIIVVVVVVAAAAAAAAAAAA! :hug:

    59. 59
      Diva says:

      Caramel :hug: now gone

    60. 60
      GellySammich says:

      :lol: what? you tryna tell me to shut up?

    61. 61

      I’ll leave you B

    62. 62
      OutsidetheBox says:

      :hahaha:

    63. 63

      Noo.. Im serious! Like real talk, it means bad luck if you say it out loud. Same way if you have a dream and tell someone about it out loud before the some comes up, it is bad luck.. I would never tell you to shut the hell up! :)

    64. 64
    65. 65
      Diva says:

      You ladies have a great evening :peace: I’m out!!!!

    66. 66

      Check your blood pressure #faserious

    67. 67
      GellySammich says:

      hhhmmm looks like it’s just me and you OTBey. Whatchu wanna do? :eek:

    68. 68

      :rofl: MsDiva had it up to here *hand over head* :hahaha:

    69. 69

      Caramel Cutie says:

      I’ll leave you B

      :ghost:

    70. 70

      Gelly, check your pressure.

    71. 71
      GellySammich says:

      blood pressure? :crying: oh gawd. this is what 30 is like?!

    72. 72

      :hug: IJS, better safe than sorry. Could just be stress too, but still check!

    73. 73

      :smack: Hah, it’s gets better Gelly :sarcasm:

      You’ve gotta start watching what you put into your body :D

    74. 74
      GellySammich says:

      I don’t wanna check nothin. I’m just gonna fall over dead one day :no:

    75. 75
      GellySammich says:

      =/ I like Kenya’s answer better

    76. 76
      ReadingIsFundamental says:

      On topic: you know Alicia needs that piano as her security blanket when performing.

      Off topic: pink lemonade and vodka at 3 pm at work is what the foukkk is up right now. yippiiee.

    77. 77
      Unshakable says:

      @Nini – “whore of Babylon” :rofl:

      @all roses – :hug:

    78. 78

      They should have been complaining by how off key she was :blink:

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      Nakeya_j says:

      I would think they would be mad at her attempts at singing. Not that she sat while doing it.

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      INTENSEMOCHA THE ANTAGONIST says:

      Do you typically sit while playing a piano? :coffee:

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      free says:

      :offtopic: anywho the hoodrat taser video made the morning news in atlanta. my hubby laughed his azz off.

    83. 83
      free says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says: They should have been complaining by how off key she was

      ********************************

      i was getting ready to cover my ears but she was actually decent. i’m glad she didn’t go into “on fire” mode.

    84. 84
      Milky says:

      Good Morning Happy :hump: Day!!
      Free and all the otha Roses, thorns, weeds, haterz, and whores!

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      Afiya says:

      Don’t matter if she sat or not…but my opinion…she sound HORRIBLE!!!

    86. 86
      Milky says:

      :hi: afiya
      she always sound horrible to me lately. I guess ever since she had the baby.

    87. 87
      Milky says:

      <——-ode to my beautiful diva!!!

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      LadieLeo says:

      anywho the hoodrat taser video made the morning news in atlanta. my hubby laughed his azz off.
      *********************************
      That officer has the patience of Job cause I woulda been tased her and her buddy, possibly the kids too.

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      LadieLeo says:

      i was getting ready to cover my ears but she was actually decent. i’m glad she didn’t go into “on fire” mode.
      *********************************
      my daughter loves that song, I hear it screeching from her bedroom all the time. I’m like why?????

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      free says:

      jeniefrumdabloc says: They should have been complaining by how off key she was
      ********************************
      i was getting ready to cover my ears but she was actually decent. i’m glad she didn’t go into “on fire” mode.
      ______________________

      :nono: that was not decent! Then you got the nerve to drag the song out.
      :tea: The instrumental would have served just fine.

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      Milky says:

      :hi:
      jenie

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      NaijaGal says:

      when Alicia sang low it was good but when she tried to hit high notes :huh: it all went downhill…folks will complain about anything so it’s whatever

      Morning Folks :hi:

    93. 93

      Milky :happy: Hey hun bun !!

    94. 94
      LadieLeo says:

      Morning All!

      Jenie how’d your exam go?

    95. 95
      Milky says:

      Good Morning Naija :hug: how u doing honey?

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      Milky says:

      :hi:
      ladieleo

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      LadieLeo says:

      Morning All!
      Jenie how’d your exam go?
      ________________

      Girl I did the best I could :yes: Not sure,…. it hasn’t been graded. I am lil worried bout that paper I turned in though :no: I just didn’t really give a damn. Really hate to get like that in a class. I am so sick of this class girl. This woman is grading hard on the papers. I usually do extremely well on my papers, but she has been grading a lil tougher. I received an 81 on one. Then people were complaining because apparently folks were getting 70′s and stuff, then she moved that 81 paper up to an 85 :shrugs: Then the one she handed back last night, she gave me a 96 on :blink: and everyone else was still getting low grades. Honestly I just sit back in class and shut up, cause this teacher….. I am honestly confused with her grading style :shrugs:

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      NaijaGal says:

      MILKY :hug: I’m cool, I could complain but I won’t :lol: how are you?

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      NaijaGal says:

      :newpost: is up

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      Afiya says:

      Ni ni says:

      Ive been trying to find a video alicia keys performance online but I keep getting a message about the nfl has blocked the video due to copyright. They should be mad that the whore of babylon was on stage slinging her pu$$y in they kids face. I hope they bring back the marching band next yr.
      ====
      WTF is up with this hateful comment? Don’t like her don’t watch! UGH!! People and their way…GTFOH!!

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