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Alicia Keys sings national anthem on piano at Super Bowl; Hudson sings with Sandy Hook chorus

Jennifer Hudson performs with students from Sandy Hook Elementary School singing "America the Beautiful" before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 03, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Alicia Keys performed a lounge-y, piano-tinged — and live — version of the national anthem ahead of the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The Grammy-winning singer played the piano as she sang "The Star Spangled Banner" with her eyes shut. Her publicist said the performance was live, days after halftime performer Beyonce admitted singing along to a prerecorded track at the Inauguration.

Keys' version was soft and featured additional lyrics: She added "living in the home" before belting "home of the brave" as she finished the song.

Before Keys hit the field, Jennifer Hudson performed "America the Beautiful" with the 26-member Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus.

The students and Hudson wore green ribbons on their shirts in honour of the 20 first-graders and six adults who were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage.

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