Alicia Keys will be performing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Feb. 3, according to an Associated Press source. The NFL hasn’t yet officially stated who will be singing the national anthem, the report noted.
Beyonce — who performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 2004 — was announced in October as the featured halftime performer for this year’s event.
Further reports stated that former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will join Beyonce on stage during the set. A fan contest sponsored by Pepsi will allow fans to join the singer on stage during the performance.
Last year’s Super Bowl match-up between the Patriots and Giants featured Kelly Clarkson singing the national anthem. Madonna was featured as the halftime star — and the performer’s set was more popular viewing than the game, according to data compiled by TiVo.
Alicia Keys latest album, Girl on Fire, was released in November. She dedicated her album release concert to Hurricane Sandy first responders and also performed at the star studded 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden.
The singer’s 2013 tour has North American dates scheduled beginning on March 7 in Seattle.