Recording artist Alicia Keys performs the national anthem before Super Bowl XLVII. / Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports
Depending on your tastes, Alicia Keys' rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVII was either a majestic display of musical talent or a bit pitchy. But the one thing on which your living room could universally agree was that Keys stretched out her Star-Spangled Banner for so long, you'd have thought she added one of the other three verses to Francis Scott Key's lyrics.
How long was Keys' version of Keys? It was record setting.
According to noted anthem expert David Barron, this version clocked in at 156.4 seconds. That beats the previous length record at the Super Bowl, which was held by Natalie Cole's 152-second performance in 1994.
Last year's anthem, sung by Kelly Clarkson, was barely more than 90 seconds. Only one performer since 2006 had gone longer than two minutes. That was Jennifer Hudson, who coincidentally was on the field right before Keys, performing God Bless America with a chorus of children from Sandy Hook Elementary.
Vegas oddsmakers set the over/under for Keys' anthem at 135 seconds. It was clear from the outset that she would go well over that count. The unofficial record wasn't Keys' until she repeated the final line of the anthem for a closing flourish.
Your move, Beyonce.
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