Alicia Keys commented for the first time about her upcoming performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl, which was reported on January 18.
The singer spoke to reporters at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where she is promoting the film "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete." Keys served as an executive producer and composer on the movie.
"I'm really excited about it, I can't even lie," she told reporters about singing at the Super Bowl, according to the Associated Press. "I have to rehearse it totally, as if it's a brand new song, because it is actually a brand new song in the style that I'll deliver it. I'm actually rehearsing it like a maniac."
Keys previously performed a medley of her songs at Super Bowl XLII in 2008. The 31-year-old will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3.
The NFL announced in October that Beyonce will be the star performer at the halftime show. There is also a rumor that she will be joined on stage by her fellow Destiny's Child band members. Beyonce sang national anthem at the 2004 NFL title game in her hometown of Houston.
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete," premiered at the film festival on Friday and it was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It tells the story of two young boys who survive the streets of Brooklyn on their own.
"It's great because I love being part of bringing stories that you wouldn't often hear to the world," she said about the film, according to the wire service. "The fact that it was in my hometown - New York - that felt really good. The most important thing for me is that it looked and was so authentic."
The singer-songwriter is also set to perform at three events during Barack Obama's presidential inauguration on Monday, January 21. Keys released her fifth studio album "Girl on Fire," and debuted a video for her new single "Brand New Me" in mid-December.
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