Alicia Key's Lackluster Performance at the NBA All-Star Game

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Was Alicia Keys Hoarse During Her All-Star Performance?

The 2013 NBA All-Star game kicked off in high fashion this year in Houston Texas, via the TNT network. Many notables were present including celebrities like Kevin Hart, Chris Tucker, and the dynamic duo-Jay-Z & Beyonce.

The half time show featured award winning Alicia Keys, setting off the stage with her hit song "New York-Empire State Of Mind". Perhaps a bit of help from Jay-Z was in order, as it seemed that Mrs. Keys struggled to hit them high notes that she has ever so gracefully done in the past. Perhaps her low toned mic played a role in what seemed to be the beginning of a lackluster performance, but removing herself from the chair that accompanied her piano seemed to help none.

Moving into her most recent hit "Girl On Fire", Alicia's voice seemed anything but like a raging inferno. Instead, her attempts to find the right pitch sounded more like the crackling of a fire that is just about to go out, after being smothered and doused with a bucket full of ice cold water.

Despite Alicia Key's lackluster performance vocally, Alicia's stage performance didn't seem to miss a beat. Instead, she seemed to step up her choreographed moves, perhaps to hide the fact that she may have had an intense argument the night before, or perhaps partied to hard. The dancers complimented her with amazing routines and seemed to notice themselves that "uh-oh..she's in trouble." Which led them to take the heat off of her and thrust and break even harder in their rehearsed session. This was perhaps the only thing that Alicia seemed to have going for her, as she grooved and stayed in tune with her dancers, illustrating moves that her fans perhaps have never seen from her before in such high fashion. But could you blame her? The stillness of the crowd as they tried to block out the obvious was far from any one's ability to ignore.

Panning on the crowd throughout the performance told the eerie story of a troubled performer that night, as their initial cheers went from full excitement to forced smirks and anxiety filled faces in hopes that she pulled through.

Throughout all of the thick tension, Alicia Keys still managed to stay professional and maintain her poise. She kept big enthusiastic smiles about her face and put much effort into her dance moves. She also continued to attempt reaching them notes, that shut her down each and every time. Despite a not so glamorous and clean performance, Alicia seemed to still hold her own and will probably chalk up this performance as one lost. Hey, you win some and you lose some, but Alicia lived to sing another day.

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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

I thought it was me. Very nice review, well-written and balanced. I was scratching head, wondering if she had a cold or something. Then I thought she's not used to singing and dancing at the same time. But it sounded bad before she got up from the piano. Oh well, as you said, she survived it. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for the follow.


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Breatheeasy3 3 years ago from USA Author

No problem and thank you! I was extremely puzzled at the performance and did notice a little 'offness' before she got up from the seat. My optomistic self however, said well, maybe it's just me. But it became clearly evident for me thereafter...lol. Must commend her though, as we sometimes expect ggreatness all the time...but as you stated in one of your hubs...the grass isn't always greener...lol

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