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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: Alicia Keys (2nd from L) and Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men perform onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

“We really had to figure out how can we properly honor him in his house on this night.” Watch Alicia Keys explain to Ellen what it was like before hitting the stage to host the Grammys after hearing of Kobe’s death.

Alicia Keys describes how the Boys II Men collaboration to honor Kobe Bryant at the Grammys came together: “It was just so happened Boys II Men was there already that night and we wanted to do something special, create just something that felt like it was the right thing and we pulled it together and it was just beautiful.”

You can see what else she had to say to Ellen about that moment, how she celebrated her birthday and what we can expect from her new album, “ALICIA”, which will be out on March 20th, in the video below.

Alicia Keys on Properly Honoring Kobe Bryant at the Grammys 'In His House'

Alicia Keys opened up to Ellen about what it was like hosting the 2020 Grammys just hours after learning about Kobe Bryant's death, and how they felt they had to properly honor the basketball icon "in his house," the Staples Center, where the awards show was taking place.

Watch Alicia Keys perform an acoustic version of her new song, “Underdog” for Ellen!

Alicia Keys' Intimate Performance of 'Underdog'

Alicia Keys vibed with the audience for an intimate performance of her new song, "Underdog." #AliciaKeys #TheEllenShow #EllenDeGeneres

I can’t wait for Alicia’s new album and her world tour!  She’s making a stop in Boston on Tuesday, August 11th at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion and Hot 96.9 has your chance to win free tickets to be there!  Enter to win here.