You can’t please everyone.
Alicia Keys learned this lesson following her Super Bowl XLVII performance of “The Star Spangled Banner”.
Keys has been receiving criticism for her jazzy rendition of the song with fans complaining that she went too far in changing the melodies.
Personally, I can’t understand why anyone would complain. Keys not only sang one of the most difficult vocal tunes for a singer to belt out, she played along live on the piano. Although it is very common for us to see Alicia Keys perform with a piano, the fact is it is still more difficult than singing alone.
Check out her rendition of the anthem and tell me what you think:
I don’t think she killed the integrity of the song what-so-ever. She delivered an excellent musical performance and merely put her own style into it. Why did they hire her to perform? So that she could do her best to sound like everyone else? No, the point of bringing in these big name celebrities is to hear how they would sing it. Is it the very end that is bothering most people when she spices it up with a little “Alicia syle” finish? What do you think of her performance? Tell me what you think on Twitter @EliteGirlJen
Thank goodness there are some people out there who agree with me! Take a look at some of the positive things people had to say about her version of the anthem:
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Other people are saying that she overdid the song, while some are saying it was underdone. I’ve never heard so many conflicting opinions on a national anthem. The main complaint seems to be that it was too long. Who cares? You wouldn’t normally complain about a song being over two minutes. I think some people were too focused on how long it took her to sing it rather than actually listening to and appreciating the performance. Doesn’t feel long when you’re listening and enjoying it
Here’s some of the negative thoughts on her performance that are out there:
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Beyoncé also did a live singing of the national anthem at the pre-game press conference, hers was filled with power and a little bit of sass. It was evident that Beyoncés performance was to shut-up her critics after she lip-synced at the president’s inauguration. Beyoncé received a lot of criticism following this, even though she was likely told to lip-sync. My favourite part of her performance was at the very end when she asks the audience, “Any questions?” meaning does anyone question my vocal abilities now? Listen to her version:
Turns out a few people did have some questions for her: