The first annual Unite4: Humanity gala was held recently in Culver City, CA. Honorees included: former president Bill Clinton (who was also the keynote speaker), Andy Samberg, Robert De Niro, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Martin Scorsese, Alicia Keys, John Sykes, and Philomena Lee. Check out a few red carpet photos. Continue reading
*Alicia Keys honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the release of “Power,” an unheard track she recorded seven years ago.
“This is a song about power that I wrote back in 2007 that I have never shared with my family until now,” Keys wrote of the track on her website. “This is one of my favorite unreleased songs. I was looking for my power. This song says it all.”
*John Legend and Alicia Keys will take part in the upcoming Grammy special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles.”
Organizers announced the line up Monday, which will include Annie Lennox and Award winner Dave Stewart, who will reunite as the Eurythmics for one night only; 14-time Grammy Award winner Keys and nine-time Grammy Award winner Legend together in a special performance.
*Alicia Keys teamed up with John Legend to pay tribute to late South African leader Nelson Mandela during a performance in Australia on Saturday (Dec. 7).
Keys took the stage with her tour mate to sing an acoustic rendition of Bob Marley’s classic “Redemption Song in honor of the anti-apartheid activist during their show in the Yarra Valley.
Keys told the audience, “We wanted to do something special for you in honor of the great Nelson Mandela, who I feel so moved by in every way. What an incredible life lived and what an inspiration for us to all carry forward.”
Remembering her performance at Mandela’s 91st birthday in 2009, Keys wrote in a post on her website, “I was in awe of a man whose soul was filled with an effortless and rare love that only comes once in a lifetime. He was a gentle man with a beautiful smile, and deep eyes that always saw the best in humanity. His legacy lives on in all of us!”
Watch Keys and Legend perform of “Redemption Song” below.
*Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited a Philippine air force base Monday to bring cheer to hundreds of evacuees from eastern provinces devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
The singer distributed crayons and coloring books to children at the Villamor Air Base grandstand, where evacuees from eastern Leyte and Samar provinces arrive via C-130 planes.
Social Welfare Department officer Jane Abello says Keys stayed for about half an hour to chat with evacuees.
The R&B standout was in Manila for a concert Monday at the seaside MOA Arena. The Philippine Star earlier quoted her as saying that “music has a way of lifting your spirit and that’s what I hope to do for the Filipino people.”
Keys tweeted three days after the Nov. 8 typhoon: “To the people of the Philippines my heart is with you.”
She also encouraged fans around the world to donate to the typhoon victims.
Another successful year for Alicia Keys’ ‘Keep A Child Alive Black Ball’.
Recently, the nonprofit celebrated its 10th anniversary at the annual Black Ball.
Performers included Carole King, Pharrell Williams (who performed ‘Blurred Lines’ with Alicia Keys), Roy Ayers and others.
As customary, a number of celebs and do-gooders were in attendance including Alicia’s husband, Swizz Beatz, Clive Davis, Maxwell, Lala Anthony, singer Tamia and husband Grant Hill, Roc Nation’s Robinson Cano, Cole Cook and Pharrell’s wife Helen Lasichanh.
Check out the photos.