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New Music: DJ Khaled feat. Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj – Nobody

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Today, DJ Khaled released his most-anticipated album yet with Grateful. The star-studded tracklist is a who’s who of today’s mainstream music world. Joining the list of superstars such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Drake and others is a soulful collaboration between Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj.

The R&B songstress and rap Queen link up for the second time on “Nobody,” a gospel inspired anthem that borrows from the song “Nobody Knows” by Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir.

“I just got back from where they said I couldn’t get back from / And I thank God I thank God that I made it / They surprised, they surprised that I made it,” sings Alicia.

The praise-filled track allows both artists to shine and get a little boastful, as Nicki rips her verse. “I’m addicted to winning and I can’t be benched / Go to war for every black queen that they lynched / And my pockets on chubby but they can’t be pinched,” she raps.

Nicki and Alicia previously worked together on “Girl on Fire.”

Listen to them take it to church below.

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Alicia Keys Is Working On New Album, Stepping Down As ‘The Voice’ Coach

Alicia Keys can still be seen every week on NBC’s “The Voice,” but the singer-songwriter has revealed that she won’t be returning as a coach next season. This isn’t a real surprise, as the coaches often switch, but Keys has already revealed that she is working on her next album.

In November 2016, she released her sixth studio album, HERE, but Alicia exclusively told Entertainment Tonight she’s excited to get back in the studio to focus on her next project.

“I’m about halfway,” she said of the process. “I’m ready for the next one already, which was kind of the plan the whole time. I wanted to put out ‘Here’ where they have a statement body of work, and my next body of work is already in the works. I’m excited!”

“I can’t wait for you to hear new music, and so that’s one of the reasons why I won’t be able to come back next season,” she continued. “But I love writing. It’s just the most beautiful, exciting things, and every time I get better. That’s the blessing and magic of writing.”

Keys hasn’t ruled out an eventual return to the big red chair, and Blake Shelton is pretty certain she’ll be back. “I know she’s not going anywhere,” he joked. “It’s all just a media thing, a ploy. She’ll be back next year and the year after that.

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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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