Posts Tagged ‘Alicia Keys’

Alicia Keys Reads Poem, Performs Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the VMAs


Alicia Keys had a powerful moment at the 2016 VMAs on Sunday night.

Live at Madison Square Garden in her hometown of New York City, the R&B songstress took the stage to present Best Male Video, but Alicia had much more than a typical nominee speech planned.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, which he delivered to the world 53 years ago today (Aug. 28), Keys performed a poem and a capella.

“Maybe we could love somebody / Instead of polishing the bombs of holy war,” she sings.

Check out a clip of her tribute below.

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New Music: Alicia Keys feat. Kanye West & Travis Scott – In Common (Remix)


Ain’t nothin’ common about this!

On the premiere episode of his new .wav radio program on Beats 1, Travis Scott surprised listeners by debuting a brand new remix to Alicia Keys single “In Common,” featuring himself and his G.O.O.D Music boss, Kanye West.

“Folks all up in our business, Yeezy Season, I’m trendin’ / I bet you they respek the name now / So are we done or we finished,” raps Yeezy.

Earlier on the program, Scott also premiered a remix to Usher’s “No Limit.”

Listen to the radio rip of “In Common (Remix)” below.

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Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus Invade ‘The Voice’ in Intergalactic Promo


NBC’s “The Voice” is set to return this fall, and the singing competition’s newest coaches, Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, have come to deliver a win from another galaxy.

Donning Men in Black suits, longtime coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine meet face-to-face with Miley and Alicia, in an intergalactic promo for the new season. “Do you come in peace?” asks Shelton. “No,” responds Alicia. Then, Miley adds a commanding challenge: “We’ve come to destroy you!”

The promo promises a special preview of the series’ 11th season after the closing ceremony of this year’s Olympic games on Aug. 21.

Earlier this month, Keys offered a challenge of her own to her fellow judges in a playful tweet.

“❤️❤️❤️ Miley, Adam, and Blake,” she wrote. “But they better watch their backs this season.”

Watch the alien invasion-inspired ad below.

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Alicia Keys, Andra Day Perform at Democratic National Convention


On the second night of the Democratic Nation Convention (July 26), in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party was supported by two powerful female R&B voices.

Kicking off the early evening speeches was rising star Andra Day, who has been one busy lady, performing all across the U.S. this year. She helped escalate the already positive atmosphere  in the arena by belting out her break-out hit single “Rise Up.”

Following the headlining speech by former President Bill Clinton, Alicia Keys closed out the evening with a strong set, including “Superwoman” and “In Common.”

Both ladies delivered riveting performances with messages of unity. Check them out below.

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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Maxwell, Rihanna & More Participate In Mic’s ’23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America’ PSA


Many of music’s biggest artists have participated in Mic’s new campaign “23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America,” to use their voices in support of the many black Americans who’ve lost their lives due to racially-motivated biases.

One by one, artists such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Maxwell, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Bono, Janelle Monáe, Pink, Queen Latifah, Common, Swizz Beatz, Lenny Kravitz, ASAP Rocky, and more list the everyday, mundane things that victims were doing at the time that they were killed.

Non-music celebs who also participated in the video are Chris Rock, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tracee Ellis-Ross, and more.

It’s all for a petition at to demand the government take action for a “radical change to heal a long history of systemic racism.”

Watch the PSA below and sign the petition at the link above.

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Alicia Keys Performs “In Common” at BET Awards

Alicia Keys BET Awards

Alicia Keys put on her musical hat for a one-woman performance of her new single “In Common” during Sunday’s BET Awards.

“Microphone check,” she repeated into the numerous mics around the front of the stage, surrounding a setup that included three keyboards and an acoustic guitar. Rocking a head wrap and sunglasses, as well as a glittery red jacket, the songstress switched up instruments throughout the set, cueing up beats and adjusting tempos.

Keys most recently released her other new single “Hallelujah,” performing both that and “In Common” on “Saturday Night Live.” She also just dropped a new short film Let Me In on World Humanitarian Day on June 20, shining a light on the world’s refugee crisis.

Her sixth album, the follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire, is due later this summer.

Check out the performance below.

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Alicia Keys Talks New Music, Insecurity, Son’s Production, Family Life with Swizz Beatz and More

Alicia Keys swung double interview duty at Hot 97 on Monday. First, the R&B superstar, who just released her powerful new short film Let Me In, caught up with the whole Ebro In The Morning crew. Speaking with Laura, Rosenberg and Old Man Ebro, the “In Common” singer talked about her new music and anticipated upcoming album. She also spoke about the purpose and creation of the Let Me In film, her no make-up movement, how her 5-year-old son Egypt made a track that Kendrick Lamar used on his surprise project Untitled Unmastered, and how she spent Father’s Day with hubbie Swizz Beatz.

Additionally, Alicia hit the couch for a second interview of her visit with Nessa. During their chat, she continued to elaborate on some of the similar topics, but also she discussed her experience being insecure about herself and why she became so honest in her music.

“One of the reasons I started talking so honestly, and so clearly and trying to understand because I found out I became so…censored,” she said. “I became so politically freakin’ correct it was like too much. I can’t even have an opinion. I was so annoyed at myself for valuing peoples opinions of me so much that it would change the choice I would make naturally for myself so that they would approve of my choice, or my opinion. And it started to become too much. I feel like we do this as human beings, but especially as women.”

Alicia’s currently-untitled new album may drop in August, and we might even get some beats from her son on there, although she hasn’t went that route yet.

Check out both new interviews below.

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Watch: Alicia Keys Releases Powerful Short Film ‘Let Me In’


In honor and celebration of World Humanitarian Day, Alicia Keys is shining a light on the refugee crisis with her new short film, Let Me In.

The film reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who must seek safety and well being by crossing the border into Mexico. Starring Alicia Keys, the nearly 12-minute film follows her and her family’s struggle to reach safety in the midst of conflict.

“I was stunned when I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children,” said Keys. “Creating this film really allowed us to imagine, what if we were the refugees? What if we were the ones torn from the arms of our families and loved ones? How would it feel if this were happening to us?”

The Jonathan Olinger-directed film was created in partnership with Keys movement We Are Here, along with CARE, Oxfam, and War Child, to raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the refugee crisis currently affecting 65 million people. It features Alicia’s brand new song, “Hallelujah,” which is off her upcoming, currently-untitled album.

Watch the powerful film below.

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