*Last night (September 24, 2012), Alicia Keys headlined the “MTV Crashes Manchester” event inside the city’s cathedral, treating the 1,000-strong crowd to old faves as well as material from her new album “Girl on Fire.”


The 14-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter said performing in a place of worship was “a real honor” and added that there was “an energy there that’s very different,” reports the Associated Press.

Afterward, Keys said it was incredible to see people get into the new tracks.

“Today I felt so calm, and paced, and right in the zone with the crowd,” she told the AP. “I haven’t performed these songs a ton of times, like four shows so far or something, but I guess that’s enough to start feeling confident and get the flow. I loved this show, and what a beautiful venue.”

“Girl on Fire,” due Nov. 26, features collaborations with Emeli Sande and Bruno Mars.