Music's Biggest Stars Perform at Super Bowl

Stacy M. Brown | 2/6/2013, 1:09 p.m.

Keys, through her spokeswoman, said she had butterflies before the Super Bowl.

"I'm really excited about it," she said. "I've had to rehearse (the 'Star Spangled Banner') as if it is a brand new song. It is a brand new song [considering] the style that I'll deliver it."

Hudson called her performance with the Sandy Hook Elementary School students a privilege and said she felt the pain of the Connecticut School District, where a mass shooting took place in December.

Hudson lost her mother, brother and nephew in 2008 to gun violence, so the singer could relate to the senselessness of the tragedy that befell Sandy Hook.

"It was an emotional performance that had some players on the sidelines on the verge of tears," Fekadu said.

George Singleton, who studies music at George Washington University in Northwest, said the NFL and CBS television did a great service to the game and to African Americans with its choice of entertainment.

"The fact that we had just kicked off Black History Month and to have three of the best singers and performers in the world, who happen to be black, says a lot," Singleton, 22, said. "It says that everyone is paying attention. There is progress. It also says that on such a big stage, there is no bigger or better choice than our sisters, who rocked the house."