Girl on Fire! Alicia Keys steals the show at the Grammys as she plays two pianos at once

From the very first moment she took the Grammys stage, host Alicia Keys made it clear the night would be about paying tribute to music.

And it was Keys herself who delivered one of the most powerful performances of the night – with a medley that included classics from five different decades.

Sat between two pianos, the 38-year-old songstress wowed the audience at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Sunday as she began to play them both at the same time.

‘I’ve been thinking so much about the people and the music that have inspired me, and I want to give a shout out to Hazel Scott because I always wanted to play to pianos,’ she said, referring to the late jazz pianist and movie star.

‘You know those songs that live inside of you and live inside of me, and you just love it so much, because it was done so well that you wish you wrote it?’

‘That’s how I feel about these songs. I wish I wrote them.’

Keys first began with the song that she said she thinks about when she reflects on ‘heartache and heartbreak’, playing Roberta Flack’s 1973 tune Killing Me Softly, later popularized by Lauryn Hill and The Fugees.

‘Or when it’s time to move on, this is the song,’ she said, breaking into Juice World’s recent hit Lucid Dreams before switching to Nat King Cole’s 1952 classic Unforgettable.

‘Now, who didn’t wish they wrote this song? I know I do,’ she said as she began singing Kings of Leon’s 2008 hit Use Somebody.

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That turned into In My Feelings, Drake’s song of the summer, and Boo’d Up by Ella Mai before Keys began playing Doo-Wop (That Thing), saying she wished she had written the entire Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album.

‘Then, finally, you write the song you wish you wrote,’ Keys said before she broke into her own tune Empire State Of Mind.

Keys’ medley was an instant hit on Twitter, with many calling it the best performance in a Grammys that had already been praised throughout the night.

‘Okay but who is doing it like Alicia Keys she literally has more stage presence than half the industry and she’s only up there with two pianos,’ one fan wrote.

‘Alicia Keys is refreshing everyone’s memory on why she’s one of the greatest of all time,’ one commenter wrote.

‘When the best performer of the night is also the host. #GRAMMYs @aliciakeys,’ another added.

Ana Navarro joked that Alicia Keys was doing such a good job she should ‘just go ahead and host the Oscars too’.

‘God exists and loves us, and the proof is Alicia Keys,’ quipped Ben Domenech, while on fan added: ‘ I don’t know if there is a God, but if there is, she listens to Alicia Keys.’

Many said they would’ve been happy to keep watching Keys perform for the rest of the night.

‘The @aliciakeys two piano medley was the best thing on tv tonight, this week, probably for a very long time,’ one fan wrote.

‘I could have settled in for a whole Alicia Keys concert after that performance, didn’t want it to end,’ another added.

‘Give me Alicia Keys and 2 pianos the rest of the night and I’m good,’ one viewer quipped.

‘I’m the epitome of non-target market of Grammys. You know what, I’ll tune in every year if @aliciakeys hosts and does a 20-minute riff of everyone’s best songs,’ added Paul Kane.

Many marveled at Keys’ ability to host the show with ease and then pull off an incredible performance, which some suspected was actually a filler after Ariana Grande pulled out of the show last minute.

‘Alicia Keys is a godsend. Most folks have no idea what a heavy lift it is to host a show of this magnitude. Then to straddle two pianos and belt out a complication performance of, what, 7 or 8 songs? Simply. Amazing,’ one fan wrote.

‘Hats off to Alicia Keys…What a magnificent performance at #GRAMMYs both as a presenter and (incredible) singer and piano player,’ another added.

‘Award shows are hard – this is a fantastic show. Diana. Dolly. And @aliciakeys is perfect,’ Billy Eichner wrote.

‘Giving @aliciakeys the keys to the #GRAMMYs was a very good idea,’ another added.

Keys was the first woman to host the Grammys since Queen Latifah was given the honor in 2005.

And she didn’t take the position lightly, kicking off the night with Michelle Obama, crooning with Smokey Robinson, and dancing with Jennifer Lopez.

During her opening monologue, Keys made it clear that the night would be about music and the joy that it can bring.

‘Do you feel that love in the building? This is love, this is life, this is living, this is light and all because of music,’ she told the audience.

‘Music is so powerful. So you see we’re gonna have an incredible time tonight, this is just the beginning.’

‘Music is what we cry to. It’s what we march to. It’s what we rock to. It’s what we make love to. It’s our shared global language, and when you really want to say something, you say it with a song, am I right? Or am I right?’

Later in the ceremony, Keys welcomed Michelle Obama onto the stage, with the former First Lady stunning the star-studded audience as she joined a plethora of female singers beneath the bright lights.

Fans were screaming and blowing kisses to Michelle as she smiled before saying ‘We’ve got a show to do!’ and began laughing with her co-presenters.

Michelle absolutely sparkled as she stood alongside Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Keys to discuss how music has always helped her tell her story.

‘From the Motown records that I wore out on the Southside, to the Who Run The World songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story and I know that’s true for everyone here,’ Michelle said, throwing in a quick tribute to Beyonce as the audience went wild.

‘Music helps us share ourselves, our dignity and sorrows, our hopes our joys,’ she continued.

‘It allows us to hear one another – to invite each other in. Music shows us that all of it matters…every story within every voice, every note within every song.’

Michelle walked onto the stage in a dazzling Sachin & Babi outfit that featured a billowing silver blouse with matching slacks and a sparkling belt wrapped above her hips.

It was certainly a night for female empowerment, as women won big at the action-packed ceremony, with the likes of Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, and Lady Gaga some of the biggest winners.

Cardi, 26, made history as she became the first ever solo woman to take home Best Rap Album for Invasion Of Privacy at the gala event held in Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The big win was quickly followed by 30-year-old Musgraves who won the biggest award of the night; Album Of The Year for Golden Hour. 

Earlier in the evening Lady Gaga was emotional as she earned Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for her work on Shallow from the A Star Is Born soundtrack.

The emotional high point of the night happened as Cardi looked absolutely stunned as she won in the male-dominated category beating out Pusha-T, Travis Scott, Nipsey Hussle, and the late Mac Miller.

Cardi seemed overwhelmed as she received her honor as she joked: ‘Oh, the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed!’

Obviously taken aback by the moment, Cardi had to hold the hand of her Migos member husband, Offset, during her speech.

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Famous biracial celebrities you did not know have African roots

Just as we have biracial celebrities in Kenya with the former U.S president Barrack Obama toping the list, there are also various mixed raced celebrities in the U.S.

you might know or might not know about,Well if you did not know then here is your opportunity to get to learn about the mixed race celebrities in U.S.

Here is the list.

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Obama had to top this list since he was once the most powerful man in the world but he is still powerful now, and the other reason is because he is our own Kenyan son who is from the Luo tribe and American decent.

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She is a living musical legend who is an award winning artist with an angelic voice, she is from a black father and white American mother.

Their family had challenges since intermarriage was not allowed back in that era when Mariah was still young.

But her parents stayed together and loved each other that they had not only one child but three children, Mariah Carey with her brother Morgan Carey and sister Allison Carey.

Jidenna

The ‘Classic man’ singer is based in the States. Jidenna is also a fashion killer whether it comes to African wear or modern wear he always rocks them nice. J

idenna is half American mother and half African (Nigerian) father.

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She is married to one of the top rappers in America, Swizz Beatz, and was once a cast member of TV series Empire, she has songs like ‘My Boo’, ‘Girl on Fire’ and ‘Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart’ among others is from an American mother and African-American father.

Mya

Those who grew up listening to the early 2000’s songs then you must khow this beautiful artiste with an angelic voice and dance moves that rocks the dance floor.

She has hits such as ‘Case of the Ex’, ‘My Love is Like Whoa’ and ‘Fallen’ among others. Her ethnicity is from Jamaican father and Italian mother.

Tinashe

She debuted with the single ‘2 on’ and the most recent hit songs are ‘No Drama’ featuring Migos member Offset and ‘Me So Bad’ featuring French Montana and Ty Dollar Sign.

Tinashe is one of the best singers in this era and she sure can burst a move on the dance floor.

She is from a mixed race background – Scottish mother and Zimbabwean father.

Well who are other American mixed race celebrities should be included in the list.

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Female artistes who rocked in the 90’s and still do two decades later: Who is your favourite?

If you were born in the 90’s you probably had a book where you stuck lyric cutlets by celebrated artistes such as Beyonce who were a hit back then.

Despite male artistes dominating the entertainment industry locally and internationally, some female artistes have broken that barrier to claim a spot for themselves.

This female artistes have created a brand, commanding millions of followers world wide something that most Kenyan female artistes have not been able to achieve.

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Here are the top 7 female artistes who made our high school days memorable and have remained relevant almost two decades later.

1. J.Lo

Her biggest hit was ‘ Love don’t cost a thing’ which was and still gets people tapping their feet.

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2.  Rihanna

Rihanna captivated the hearts of many with her tunes such as ‘Take a bow’ and years later she is still making it big with songs such as ‘Rude boy’ and ‘We have found love’.

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3. Beyonce

The mother of three has remained a force to reckon with ,her music prowess captivated many not only in the 90’s but also in 2018.Her biggest hits especially in Kenya were ‘Single Ladies’ ‘If i were a boy’ and ‘Irreplaceable’

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4.  Shakira

You probably know the song ‘Hips don’t lie’ this song was a hit to an extent of being sang during the 2014 World Cup.

That among many other songs have seen Shakira confidently convince the world to bring their best feet forward and dance to her tunes after all music is like food to the soul.

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5. Keri Hilson

The artiste who was recently in Kenya for a concert at KICC dubbed the Terminal Weekend Music Concert has a soft in the hearts of many Kenyans.

She is famous for songs such as ‘Super Human’ ‘Knock You Down’ and ‘ Lose Control.

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6. Alicia Keys

She is a favourite to many for her slow melodious tunes wit some of her songs being used as dedications by people in relationships to their better halves.

She is famous for songs such as ‘Boo’ in collaboration with Usher,’Girl on fire’ and ‘No one’

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So among the six artistes ,who used to make your boring Sunday afternoon in school worthwhile?Drop your answers in the comment section .

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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz post sweet messages on Instagram as they celebrate their 8th anniversary

Alicia Keys and hubby Swizz Beatz posted sweet messages to each other on their Instagram accounts wishing each other a happy 8th anniversary.

Keys took to her account and posted 4 photos of the couple and her sweet text.

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She captioned:

‘Cheers to 8 year my love!!!! WOW! US! This LOVE!!! So amazing!! So infinite! So powerful! So electric!! It’s been the best 8 years of my LIFE!! I can only imagine the greatness the future holds!!
Thank you for showing me what life is, what love is, what dreams are in infinite and endless awe and love!!!’

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Meanwhile, hubby Swizz Beatz posted his own set of amazing photos with wifey along with beautiful messages.

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It was captioned:

‘This was our 1st Anniversary pic 8yrs ago today wow.’

‘I look crazy as hell but you look great as always#happyanniversary#8’

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‘8yrs of growth ,Love , parenting and endless learning #happyanniversary Them Deans.Time moves fast.Wow.’

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And captioned:

‘Happy 8yr anniversary them Deans.’

Alicia Keys, and rapper, DJ and record producer, Swizz Beatz got married on July 31, 2010 in a private ceremony near the Mediterranean Sea.

Keys gave birth to son Egypt Daoud Dean in October 2010 and to their second son, Genesis Ali Dean, in December 2014.

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‘Look at this beautiful soul’ shouts Alicia Keys after watching video of Githurai girl

Weeks after Gracious Amani was captured singing melodiously to Alicia Keys song ‘Girl On Fire”, the video has gone viral and finally reached Alicia Keys.

The celebrated musician could not hide her excitement after seeing the video of the laid back girl and she expressed her happiness by writing;

“Look at this beautiful soul!! SHINE!!!!🌟🌟🌟😍😍😍 @thetropixs”

The video was taken by a tourist identified as Chantel, and introduced Amani to the world in the caption below

“So before I came to Kenya I decided to try and limit my social media usage to be present and really take in this amazing experience with our Influence Hers crew But we’re coming to an end and I had to post this beautiful moment!!

While finishing up one of our service projects with Fountain Youth this little girl came up to us as we were leaving and asked to sing a song. Then she blew us away… #undiscoveredtalent
Share, share, help us make her viral!”

The video went viral in Kenya with celebrities such as Big Ted ,Vivianne among others promising to work with the young girl to fully explore her talent. But the icing on the cake was when Alicia Keys paid homage to the young Githurai girls efforts.

Local music producer Tedd Josiah was quick to note that as much as the young girls talented had been ‘noted’ by the international artist, that is not enough and here is the message he has for Alicia Keys on how to best help Amani

“If this child needs someone, she needs u to step in and change her life. This gift will be misused and then she will be dumped back in the slums of Kenya yet she can conquer the world. @aliciakeys as a music producer whose worked in Kenya for over 27 years with all the top artists i ask u, PLEASE TAKE THIS GIRL TO MUSIC SCHOOL OUT OF HERE AND LET HER SHINE. PLEASE 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼”

 

Here is the video of Gracious Amani from Githurai

 

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Why I choose to hide behind baggy jeans- Alicia Keys

For as long as I can remember, I’ve hidden myself. It might have started in school when I realized that I caught on to things a little quicker, and teachers started to show slight favor to me, or use me as an example. I remember feeling like my friends would make fun of me or look at me as if I was different from them and so… I started hiding. Not intentionally, I didn’t mean to, but I did. Little pieces at a time.

I definitely started hiding when I got old enough to walk down my NY streets alone. I started to notice a drastic difference in how men would relate to me if I had on jeans, or if I had on a skirt, or if my hair was done pretty. I could tell the difference, I could feel the animal instinct in them and it scared me. I didn’t want to be talked to in that way, looked at in that way, whistled after, followed.

And so I started hiding. I chose the baggy jeans and Timbs. I chose the ponytail and hat. I chose no makeup, no bright color lipstick or pretty dresses. I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way.

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I remember feeling that same way when I first started to get recognized as an artist. I had the baggy/braided/tough NY tomboy thing mastered, that was who I was (or who I chose to be), and I felt good there.

Then, because of the way I spoke or carried myself, people started calling me gay and hard, and I wasn’t gay, but I was hard. And although I felt comfortable there, it made me uncomfortable that people were judging me and so slowly I hid that side of myself. I put on dresses and didn’t braid my whole head up, so people could see more of the “real” me, even though at that point, I’m sure I was more confused then ever of what the real me was.

I remember one interview I gave had strong social thoughts from a book I just read. The writer misunderstood me and wrote something that I didn’t say. I felt judged by those reading it. Out came the shell again and me under it. Hiding, piece by piece. Little by little. More and more.

I became comfortable hiding my intelligence, my physical appearance, my truths, my thoughts, myself.

To this day, every time I get out of the shower to get dressed, I swear the first thought that comes into my head is, what can I wear that won’t cause too much attention when I go pick up Egy, or head to the store, or go shopping, or visit a friend, etc.

And just the other day it hit me! OMG! Alicia! Why are you choosing to be that person? That is so old and outdated! STOP!

You are allowed to be smart.

You are allowed to be beautiful.

You are allowed to be radical and have strong thoughts that others might not agree with.

You are allowed to be tough.

You are allowed to be sexy.

You are allowed to be bold.

You are allowed to be shapely.

You are allowed to be kind.

You are allowed to be yourself!

And guess what? I can be all these things all at the same time.

I don’t have to give up one to be the other. I don’t have to hide anymore, I don’t have to pretend and hold back, I don’t have to think that my intelligence, beauty and sensuality are intimidating to others.

Who cares? I don’t have to think my silliness, clumsiness or hallmark card optimism, as something I can’t be proud of! Who cares?!

I don’t have to try to go unnoticed.

I don’t have to fit in.

I don’t have to close up my thoughts and only speak my truth through songs!

I can speak it everyday.

Live it everyday.

Be it everyday.

Dress it everyday.

Show it everyday.

Grow it everyday!

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Jay Z launches music streaming service – Tidal

Jay Z has officially launched his new music streaming service, named Tidal, with the help of some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kanye West and Alicia Keys are among the A-list celebrities who co-own Jay Z’s new venture.

Tidal is the first artist-owned platform for music and video.

It hopes to address musicians’ concerns that they are losing out financially in an age of music downloads and booming streaming services.

Speaking at the launch event in New York, Keys said Tidal aims to “forever change the course of music history”.

The co-owners – who also include Daft Punk and Jack White – lined up on stage to sign a declaration of a “whole new era”.

“Our mission goes beyond commerce, it goes beyond technology. Our intent is to preserve music’s importance in our lives,” Keys said.

Tidal is likely to face tough competition from existing streaming services like Spotify. Both Spotify and Tidal are membership-based services.

For $19.99 (Sh 1,800) a month, subscribers are able to access to millions of songs and videos which users can stream or listen to offline.

Tidal is available in 35 countries around the world.

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Show Off First Photos of Baby Genesis

Alicia Keys introduced her 2-month-old son, Genesis Ali Dean, to the world on Facebook on Friday. “Blessings and love!! #GenesisAliDean” the Grammy-winning singer captioned the pic. Keys, along with husband Swizz Beatz, their other son, Egypt, and Kasseem Jr. — Swizz’s son from a previous relationship — all posed in black tie attire for the family portrait.

Keys, 34, gave birth to her second child in December. She and Swizz, 36, are parents to Egypt, 4 while Swizz (real name Kasseem Dean) has three other children from earlier relationships.
The hip-hop producer shared a sweet photo from the shoot of him with his boys: “Blessings #GenesisAliDean … #Deanboyz.”

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Alicia Keys Celebrates Her 34th Birthday With A 90s Themed Pajama Party

Alicia Keys kicked off her 34th birthday, her husband and dad to her sons Egypt and Genesis threw her a lavish 90’s “House Party” themed pajama jammy jam on Saturday night. Angie Martinez, Lala Anthony, Funkmaster Flex, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Mashonda, and Gayle King were a few of many notables who came out to celebrate the songbird’s born day.

Swizz Beatz, who wore matching 8-ball jammies with Alicia, went all out while planning his wife’s birthday party by reuniting the cast of classic 90’s film, House Party, which included a performance by Kid N’ Play!

Tisha and A.J. Johnson even hit the dancefloor to bust their infamous dance routine from the movie…and they killed it. DJ Kid Capri and Kool DJ Red Alert kept the party popping on the ones and twos.

Alicia arrived at her shindig at the stroke of midnight on the 25th to kick her birthday party off right!

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Alicia Keys Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Alicia Keys is mom to a new born. The music superstar and music producer hubby Swizz Beatz welcomed a baby boy on Dec 27th. His name is Genesis Ali Dean.

“The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy,” Keys, 33, and Beatz, 36, shared on Instagram .”We are so grateful!! #blessings!!”

Alicia and Swizz are already parents to 4 year old son Egypt Daoud.

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‘Girl on Fire’ Hitmaker Alicia Keys is our WCW

Alicia Keys is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and actress. Her government name is Alicia Augello Cook married to record producer Swizz Beatz. She is expecting her  second child in December.
Alicia is the second American recording artist to win five Grammys in one night and in total has over 10 grammys to her name. The 34-year-old songstress is preparing to release her 6th album next year. Keys also loves charity and runs the charity ‘Keep a Child Alive Black Ball’ that raises money to provide ARVs for those who cannot afford.

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Alicia Keys hosts “Coming to America” themed 36th Birthday Party for husband Swizz Beatz

Music producer Swizz Beatz celebrated his 36th with a party in New York. His wife Alicia Keys hosted an amazing “Coming to America” themed party for him.

The party was brimming with celebs including Lala and Carmelo Anthony, DMX and guess who? Swizz Beatz’ ex-wife Mashonda!

It has been a great year for Swizz with various corporate creative collaborations and his enrolment in the Harvard Business School’s nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program. He and his wife Alicia Keys are also expecting their second child together.

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Alicia Keys releases inspiring new song ‘We are Here’

As she prepares for the birth of her second child, Alicia Keys is in a reflective mood.

The superstar musician has just released a new song titled “We are Here“.

It seems as though Alicia is pushing #WeareHere as a movement. So far, Pharrell and Alicia have shared photos showing their thoughts on it.

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Alicia Keys Pregnant With Second Child – Instagram Pic

Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child, the singer has announced on Instagram.

The musical duo tied the knot July 31, 2010, which makes today their four year wedding anniversary. Keys chose to highlight the occasion while breaking the joyous news:

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!” Keys, 33, captioned her beautiful photo, adding: “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life! ☺️”

The couple has a son, Egypt, who will turn four in October.

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