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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