Musician Alicia Keys during her performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" during the Super Bowl in New Orleans.
Keys' pitch-perfect version surpassed Natalie Cole's milestone 152-second salute to the Stars and Stripes at the 1994 Super Bowl.
The last artist to best the two-minute mark with Francis Scott Key's patriotic (and octave-challenging) song was Jennifer Hudson at the 2009 Super Bowl. Hudson, by the way, returned this year to sing "America the Beautiful" with the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir during pregame festivities.
No doubt, given the positive reception she received, Alicia raised the bar even higher for next year's performer.