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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Alicia Keys attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

“I want you to help me celebrate the magic and the strength of this beautiful city.” Watch Alicia Keys honor NYC during her performance at the VMAs.

We knew that Alicia Keys was going to perform her new song, “LA LA” with Swae Lee for the first time at the VMAs.  We could have guessed that in NYC, the day after the world remembered those lost on September 11th twenty years ago, Alicia would pay tribute to her city with it as a backdrop while performing a beautiful version of “Empire State of Mind.”

Alicia Keys ft. Swae Lee Perform "LaLa" & "Empire State of Mind" | 2021 VMAs | MTV

Alicia Keys ft. Swae Lee perform "La La" and "Empire State of Mind" at the 2021 VMAs. Check out more from the 2021 VMAs here: #MT...

Alicia hit the MTV VMAs red carpet with hubby Swizz Beatz.  I LOVE her piano keys necklace!!!

Here’s a close up of her bling…  she captioned it: “Keys open doors.”