Alicia Keys was the host of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. The songstress opened up the event in legendary fashion with Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Michelle Obama, and Jennifer Lopez.
2019 Grammys host Alicia Keys took a breather from her emcee duties to tickle the ivories at the 61 Annual Grammy Awards. But Keys being the prodigiously talented singer and instrumentalist that she is, she didn’t just play one — she commandeered two pianos in homage to pioneering Black pianist Hazel Scott. The theme of her performance was “those songs that live inside of you because it was done so well you wish you wrote it.”
Among them? Everything from ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ (popularized by Roberta Flack and Fugees) to Juice WRLD’s ‘Lucid Dreams’ to Kings of Leon’s ‘Use Somebody’ to Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’ to Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ to Coldplay’s ‘Clocks’ to Ella Mai’s ‘Boo’d Up’ to Lauryn Hill’s ‘Doo Wop (That Thing).’ And for the hell of it, Keys even sang a song she DID write: ‘Empire State of Mind.’
Alicia Keys was one of the showstoppers on the night and definitely reminded people why she is one of the top talented artists in the world today.