Keys to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Alicia Keys is adding her voice to the Super Bowl show.

The Grammy-winning R&B singer has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told The Associated Press on Friday.

Keys, who turns 32 next week, released her fifth studio album, “Girl on Fire,” late last year.

The NFL said in October that Beyonce will be the star of the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl. She sang the national anthem at the 2004 NFL title game in her hometown of Houston. Others who have performed the national anthem at past Super Bowls include Kelly Clarkson and Whitney Houston.

Robert Chew, actor on ‘The Wire’ dies at 52

Robert Chew, who played Proposition Joe on the HBO series “The Wire,” has died. He was 52.

His sister, Clarice Chew, said he suffered a heart attack and died at his Baltimore home Thursday.

Robert Chew grew up in Baltimore and studied music at Morgan State University for two years. His sister said he worked as music director for the Arena Players community theater.

The character Prop Joe was a highly intelligent and ruthless yet polite and diplomatic Baltimore drug lord. Another sister, Maureen Brown, said strangers would approach Chew on the street in Baltimore and tell him what a great job he did in that role.

He also appeared in TV shows “The Corner” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” and the 2004 TV movie “Something the Lord Made.”

Wire reports