Alicia Keys Brings Out Jay Z, Nas, John Mayer & More at Times Square Concert


Alicia Keys surprised New York City with a star-studded concert in the middle of Times Square on Sunday night (Oct. 9).

Presented by TIDAL, the show featured a slew of Keys’ famous friends, including Jay Z.

Q-Tip started the surprises by introducing Keys’ new song “She Don’t Really Care.” Then Queensbridge’s own Nas joined Alicia for a performance of “One Love.” As if that wasn’t enough, Questlove and John Mayer popped up for a rendition of “If I Ain’t Got You.”

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came when Jay Z emerged from the back of the stage to perform their New York anthem “Empire State of Mind.” With bright lights surrounding them, the duo celebrated in the heart of the Big Apple.

Check it out below.

While the presidential debates were airing on television, Alicia took a moment to voice her disapproval of Donald Trump. “Whose name rhymes with scum,” she said. “Has the nerve to talk about grabbing pussy?”

“You know what I say to that?” she asked while throwing up the middle finger. “We, our ancestors, everybody who’s come before us, everybody has worked too hard to get us the liberty, the opportunity, to vote.”

Keys used the show to perform new music, including songs like “Holy War,” “Blended Family,” and the aforementioned “She Don’t Really Care,” which are set to appear on her forthcoming album HERE, due out Nov. 4.

Shout to TrueExclusives on the footage.

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