Posts Tagged ‘Alicia Keys’

Alicia Keys Covers Sam Cooke’s “Change Is Gonna Come” in Nike’s Powerful ‘Equality’ Ad

In the aftermath of an extremely divisive election, Nike releases a powerful new ad campaign that shares a message of equality. The 90-second video, starring big-name athletes like Serena Williams and LeBron James, features a voice over (and brief cameo) by actor Michael B. Jordan, while Alicia Keys‘ cover of Sam Cooke’s famed “Change Is Gonna Come” plays in the background.

The video, directed by Melina Matsoukas, positions sports as society’s equalizer. “If we can be equals here,” Jordan begins, “We can be equals everywhere,” James finishes.

Along with the ad, which aired during the Grammys and will air again during the NBA’s All-Star Game on Feb. 19, Nike also released behind-the-scenes footage with interviews from the starring athletes, Jordan, and Keys about what equality means to them.

“[Equality is] basically the opportunity to do anything and to have access to everything and to not ever be held back or stopped from doing anything because you are different or you believe something different or you love different,” Keys said. “It’s that simple. I don’t know why it seems so hard for people to get sometimes.”

See the ad and behind-the-scenes video from the making of the commercial below.

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Alicia Keys & Maren Morris Perform “Once” at 2017 Grammys

Sunday night’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards were filled with unexpected collaborations, and one of the best pairings was Alicia Keys and breakout country music arist Maren Morris. The two singer-songwriters wowed the audience with a duet of “Once,” off Morris’ debut album, Hero, which was released last year.

In a shimmering and revealing outfit, Maren started the performance before Keys emerged in a sparkly, body-hugging, low-cut jumpsuit. Below elegant chandeliers and backed by a soulful live band, they performed a revamped version of the song.

As a 15-time Grammy winner, Keys joined the newcomer, who won her first gramophone this year. The country star’s “My Church” won her the Best Country Solo Performance trophy.

Keys latest album Here was released after this year’s Grammy submission deadline.

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Alicia Keys Performs “Illusion of Bliss” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

Alicia Keys got a start on Grammy weekend with an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Thursday night. The 15x Grammy Award winner hit the late-show stage to perform the song “Illusion of Bliss” off her 2016 album HERE.

Wearing a black TOPSHOP cropped hoodie sweatshirt with the letters ‘FUTR,’ Alicia gave a riveting performance of the soul-stirring song at an organ piano.

“So I persist / Like a bottomless kiss / An illusion of bliss, an illusion of bliss,” she passionately sings.

Prior to her performance, Keys sat down for an interview with Jimmy where she talked about the HERE album, her mind-blowing first time at the Grammys, and joked with Jimmy about his love of cocoa butter.

Check out Alicia’s performance and interview below.

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Video: Alicia Keys – That’s What’s Up

Only hours after sharing the song, Alicia Keys dropped a full length visual for her birthday release “That’s What’s Up.”

Hanging out in a hotel suite, Keys strolls around in a robe, and appears to be bored. However, she then heads into the bathroom where a bubble batch awaits. The R&B star disrobes and sinks into the bubbles, as the song plays she sips on a glass of red wine and sings along.

“Time after time, you lifted me up / Lord knows, you’ll never let me down / Now that’s what’s up,” sings Keys.

Check out Alicia’s video for “That’s What’s Up” below.

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New Music: Alicia Keys – That’s What’s Up

In honor of her 36th birthday, Alicia Keys has gifted fans with a brand new song titled “That’s What’s Up.” Over a sample of Kings of Tomorrow’s “So Alive,” which Kanye West famously sampled on his Life of Pablo cut “Low Lights,” the R&B songstress delivers a testimony.

“It feels so good to be free / I wanna thank you Lord for all the love / Time after time, you lifted me up / Lord knows, you’ll never let me down / Now that’s what’s up,” sings Keys on the gospel-inspired track.

The song was accompanied by some personal footage of the birthday girl strolling around her hotel suite in a bathrobe before disrobing and taking a bubble bath.

Earlier this month, Alicia shared the Kaytranada-produced “Sweet F-ing Love.”  On February 27 she is set to return as a coach on the next season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Listen to Alicia’s birthday jam below.

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Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, & Maxwell Perform at Women’s March on Washington

Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, and Maxwell were among the numerous musical artists to show their support during the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday (Jan. 21).

Keys stepped on stage and recited Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” before performing her hit “Girl on Fire.” She also offered some encouraging words to protesters: “We want the best for all Americans — no hate, no bigotry, no Muslim registry.”

Monae, who stars in the new critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures, also said a few words before performing her song “Hell You Talmbout.”

“Get off our areolas, get off our vaginas,” said Monae, who wore a “Fem the Future” sweatshirt. “It was a woman who gave us Martin Luther King. It was a woman who gave us Malcolm X. It was a woman who gave us Jesus.”

Maxwell also made an appearance at the march to deliver a beautiful rendition of his famed cover of “This Woman’s Work.”

Check out the footage below.

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Alicia Keys Covers ‘Allure’ Magazine, Talks Makeup, Motherhood, and Her Musical Evolution

Alicia Keys is wild and free, and expressing herself through ways outside of music lately.

In between the release of her stellar 2016 album HERE, and return to NBC’s The Voice, the R&B starlet has landed the cover of Allure Magazine.

In a candid conversation with David DeNicolo, Keys shares some intimate revelations about inspiration behind her latest album, musical evolution, motherhood, and decision to take a break from make-up.

Check out some excerpts and photos from her cover story below.

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New Music: Alicia Keys – Sweet F-ing Love

It’s not even new music Friday, but two months after releasing her sixth studio album HERE, Alicia Keys has surprised fans with a brand new song for the new year.  On Monday night, Swizz Beatz debuted his wife’s latest track, “Sweet F-ing Love,” produced by Kaytranada. The tender love song finds Keys effortlessly harmonizing over a whimsical, jazzy instrumental.

“I’m talkin’ ’bout sweet f-ing love / I’m talkin’ ’bout sweet, sweet f-ing love” she repeats throughout the record.

On Feb. 8, Alicia will headline Power 106’s CRUSH concert at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. She is also set to return as coach on the new season of NBC’s “The Voice,” premiering Feb. 27.

Listen to Alicia’s “Sweet” serenade below.

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