Alicia Keys has been tapped to host the 61st Annual Grammy Awards,
Keys shared the news with an Instagram Story video that contained a behind-the-scenes look into how this opportunity came to pass. The video, which is now gone, opened with when Keys received the phone call offering her the gig. The video also shows Keys sharing the news with husband, Swizz Beats, and her two kids.
The video wraps up with Keys detailing her excitement about accepting the position. “I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you’ve put in, and to be recognized for it,” Keys said. “I just feel grateful that I’m able to bring that light and that energy. This is a first – it’s a first, and it’s amazing, and I think it’s perfect timing. Honestly, I’m really excited, I feel really good about it, because I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity for me to give the light back, lift people up, especially all the young women that are nominated.”
Keys isn’t nominated for any Grammys this year, but she’s no novice to winning. To-date, she has won 15 Grammys. She won her last Grammy for Best R&B Album for Girl On Fire, in 2014
Set your reminders now, as the Grammys will air live on CBS February 10th at 8 p.m. ET.
Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers concert is now available on iTunes!
This stellar concert gave fans a taste of music from Keys’ Girl on Fire album, as well as a plethora of performances of the singer’s classic hits.
First aired ten days prior to the release of Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers program featured six songs. While this set expands the set to 11 songs, it does not present the full performance. Heavy editing was involved; certain portions of Keys’ dialogue re hacked up, crowd noise is unnaturally lowered and raised in volume, and there is little evident effort to make the songs flow. Keys’ first words here, the lead-in to “No One,” are “We were at the end of the album, and it was finished, and…” — so it provokes the feeling of walking into the venue as the gig is in progress. Furthermore, much of her intro to the following “Brand New Me” was cut. For all its choppiness, VH1 Storytellers is enjoyably off-the-cuff, with Keys’ anecdotes (including an extended tale about the making of “You Don’t Know My Name”) and remarks (“I love an acoustic guitar!”) often delivered as she and her band are playing. The five songs that didn’t air are relevant, including a hot “Fallin'” that could have easily been overcooked, and an “Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)” that packs a heavier rhythmic punch than the studio version. Ironically, this is less showy than 2005’s Unplugged, and it’s better for it.
The songs individually cost $1.29, but the entire album is only $9.99
Check out the track listing below.
|1||No One (Live)||Alicia Keys||6:09||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|2||Brand New Me (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|3||You Don’t Know My Name (Live)||Alicia Keys||7:00||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|4||Empire State of Mind, Pt. II – Broken Down (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:18||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|5||Not Even the King (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:11||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|6||Fallin’ (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:44||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|7||If I Ain’t Got You (Live)||Alicia Keys||7:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|8||Girl On Fire (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:57||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|9||New Day (Live)||Alicia Keys||4:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|10||Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart (Live)||Alicia Keys||5:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
|11||Un-thinkable (I’m Ready) [Live]||Alicia Keys||5:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|