Finally! One of my all-time favorites, Alicia Keys, will be putting out a new album in 2020! Check out what she had to say about it, what she expects from her second time hosting the Grammys and why her two-piano Grammy performance almost didn’t happen!
According to Billboard, their December featured cover artist Alicia Keys will be releasing her seventh album sometime in 2020 and it will be called “A.L.I.C.I.A.” Her new book, More Myself: A Journey, which will be released on Oprah’s publishing imprint (which, of course, I pre-ordered earlier this year), is coming in 2020 as well. Alicia told Billboard that working on both was “the best therapy I ever had. I ended up being able to see the moments that things shifted. When you’re living it, you’re not really reflecting on it.”
Alicia Keys is coming back to host the Grammys for a second time (YES)! She talked to Billboard about what her hopes are for this year’s show and reminisced about hosting for the first time last year. One of my favorite moments of the show was when Alicia Keys was performing with two pianos. It turns out, it almost didn’t happen!
Alicia Keys said, “I had the vision for the two pianos, but when I went in to put it together, it was not working. I had done a performance honoring JAY-Z, and I had played all my favorite songs of his, and I wanted to do a version of that. But I had two pianos, and I was only playing one. My husband was like, ‘What’s the point?’ It had to be 2 a.m., and I was like, ‘I’m going to go home, practice as much as I possibly can before I pass out, and if I do the run-through tomorrow and it’s not good, I’m going to pull it.’ I stumbled through the run-through, and [Grammys producer] Ken [Ehrlich] was like, ‘I think you’re onto something special.’ Thank goodness I didn’t pull it.” You can read the whole Billboard interview here.
Sounds like 2020 is going to be a spectacular year for Alicia Keys and, as a fan, I can’t wait!