Alongside the main single, Keys recorded two other versions: It's the right energy. It's the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. She got her head in the clouds and she's not backing down. This girl is on fire! The Inferno version features Trinidadian hip hop artist Nicki Minaj , who wrote and rapped two new verses on the song. Kennedy particularly noted a difference in Keys' vocal tone, describing it as "smokey" and comparable to that see on Keys' single " Un-Thinkable I'm Ready ".
Williot described how Keys' vocals take on a "more emotional performance" while the melody is replaced with "faint bass drops and a hushed drum machine ". Jon Pareles from the New York Times described "Girl on Fire" and the previously released song " New Day " as "booming anthems" and the complete opposite to Girl on Fire's ballads which feature just Keys' vocals and a piano.
Then commenting on the remixes Kennedy said that on the Inferno remix, Minaj's "fluid verses" and an "added thump" might make that version of the song get noticed more, while it's the Bluelight version Kennedy called the "most intoxicating".
On the latter Kennedy said "it would be unfortunate to overlook" due to Keys' sensual vocal tone. Describing the chorus of the song, Thompson said "it booms with thudding drums as her drawn-out notes soar on top. It's heavily bombastic, but the drama of it makes it memorable, and the hooky melody is beautiful and exhilarating.
Keys seems to have to set out to make a statement song about power, and it's undeniable that she's succeeded in that". This in part was driven by 2. It has peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot chart, and has sold 2 million copies in the United States as of February 13, The song was included in a popular Brazilian soap opera, Salve Jorge, which contributed for the success in Brazil. Christopher Farley from the Wall Street Journal was of the opinion that Keys is making 21st century domesticity sexy, and is "an intriguing move for a pop-soul star".
Rolling Stone magazine says Keys "applies glamour and magic to household chores", and made reference to Mary Poppins being an inspiration in the videos magic scene.
It is much the same video as the main version but with Minaj's scenes pasted in the video. With Minaj's first verse, she appears in front of a red and black wall wearing a black and white outfit. In Minaj's second verse, we see her singing on a TV screen wearing a black outfit and having a starry night sky behind her. The magazine concluded that the performance was "sexy, yet intimate".
On January 21, , Keys sang the song with modified lyrics during President Barack Obama 's Inaugural Balls , which celebrated his second term. On the episode of the twelfth season of America's Got Talent , aired on July 18, , American singer Angelica Hale sang a cover version of this song that earned her the golden buzzer.