The NFL set the Internet ablaze Monday with theories that a recording of Alicia Keys’ halftime appearance was edited before it was released to YouTube.
Keys dazzled as the first guest on Usher’s Apple Music Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, starting her performance with “If I Ain’t Got You” while sitting in front of a red piano with a huge matching cape behind her . In the opening note of the song, many fans heard Keys’ voice crack. Clips of the vocal stumble spread across the Internet, but many later noticed that it was missing from the official recording of the performance later uploaded to YouTube.
Online, many fans have presented evidence of the change with side by side edits of the live performance and the pitch-corrected recording.
Representatives for Keys and the NFL did not immediately respond The Hollywood Reporterrequest for comment.
Keys’ husband, music producer Swizz Beatz, defended his wife on Monday, writing that fans are “talking about bad things!!! »
“You don’t see this great dress covering the whole stadium,” he said. “Tonight’s performance was simply incredible with 2 incredible giants! Congratulations @usher and my love @aliciakeys, this song is a classic. We are not making negative waves on this side, we are making history.
After “If I Ain’t Got You,” Keys remained on stage to perform her 2004 single with Usher, “My Boo.” Later in the show, stars Jermaine Dupri, will.i.am, HER, Lil Jon and Ludacris took turns joining Usher on stage.