Posts Tagged ‘Alicia Keys’

Alicia Keys Performs Tribute to 2Pac at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

On Friday night (April 7), 21 years after his death, Tupac Shakur was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Snoop Dogg was in attendance to accept the honors on Pac’s behalf, and he was joined by Alicia Keys, YG, Naughty By Nature’s Treach, and T.I. for a medley performance that celebrated the hip hop icon’s prolific career.

Keys kicked off the performance at the piano, honoring Shakur with soothing renditions of “Ambitionz Az a Ridah,” “I Get Around,” “I Ain’t Mad at Cha,” “Dear Mama,” and “Changes.”

Taking a break to speak to the audience about his influence on her, Alicia explained: “One of my favorite things about Pac is the way that he, you know every lyric that he ever said, it came exactly from his life, exactly from his heart. He was so raw and so real and so honest. And even though I never met him, I wish I did. I learned so much from him. All those stories and all that realness. All the honesty, I took that with me. And now that he’s gone, it’s different ya know.”

“It’s just the way it is,” she said before ending her tribute with “Changes.”

Check out the footage below.

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Alicia Keys Plays “Wheel of Musical Impressions” on ‘The Tonight Show’

Alicia Keys paid a visit to “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday night in promotion of the new season of NBC’s “The Voice.”

Following her interview, Jimmy challenged Alicia to the now famed game “Wheel of Musical Impressions” where she sang “Miss Mary Mack” like Gwen Stefani, “The Alphabet Song” like Adele, and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” like Janis Joplin.

Prior to the hilarious performances, the singer spoke about her son Egypt’s musical gifts and revealed that he is now telling her that other people sing better than her (). Additionally, she spoke about the new season of “The Voice,” and asking Prince’s permission to cover “How Come You Don’t Call Me.”

Check out Alicia’s visit to “The Tonight Show” below.

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Alicia Keys Sings “Fallin” with ‘The Voice’ Contestant Felicia Temple

Every so often an artist whom we’ve featured right here on ThisisRnB ends up appearing on NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ and we were very excited to see New Jersey native Felicia Temple do her thing during the premiere of Season 12’s blind auditions on Monday night (Feb. 27).  But, what was even cooler was the impromptu duet she had with her new coach, Alicia Keys.

After Alicia, Gwen, and Blake all turned their chairs for Felicia, the 28-year-old singer revealed how in school talent shows she had referred to herself as Felicia Keys.  So, by request of Adam Levine, Alicia joined the aspiring artist on stage for a duet of her famed hit “Fallin.”

A registered nurse, Temple also shared her inspiring story of how she beat cancer. “When I had surgery, there was a possibility that I wouldn’t sing again,” she said. “Life is short, and I want to live my dream.”

Watch the special performance below.

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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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