Alicia Keys: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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This performance was recorded on Feb. 12, 2020. We will continue releasing Tiny Desk videos of shows that had already been taped. In light of current events, NPR is postponing new live tapings of Tiny Desk Concerts. In the meantime, check out Tiny Desk (home) concerts! They’re recorded by the artists in their home. It’s the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
June 17, 2020 | Abby O'Neill -- On a brisk February morning, Alicia Keys, full of effervescence, entered NPR through the loading dock wearing a canary yellow faux fur coat. During our ride to the fourth floor, she joked about how she hadn't been invited to play at the Tiny Desk. That, of course, wasn't exactly true. We worked on and off for years to make this moment happen, and I can say wholeheartedly that it was worth the wait.
Alicia Keys has an aura that you can sense the second she enters a room, or in my case, an elevator. She radiates compassion and kindness. This spirit is the key to Keys's songwriting, which is rooted in introspection and mindfulness.
As she approached her piano, a bit surprised at the amount of people in the room, she smiled and remarked over her shoulder, "Gee, the Tiny Desk is tiny!" She kicked off the set with an uncanny ode to combat the darkness of this moment in American history: "Show Me Love," a single she released in 2019. No one could have predicted then how much her lyrics and musical healing would be crucial during this emotionally fraught time of unprecedented political and racial unrest, heightened by three months of quarantine due to a global pandemic.
The stand-out moment during her Tiny Desk was the premiere of "Gramercy Park", a song from her upcoming self-titled album, ALICIA, which is set to be released this fall. It's one of those timeless songs that will transcend radio formats and genres, with lyrics that address how utter selflessness and worrying about making everyone happy but yourself can throw your own center askew. The song's spiritual refrain is sure to be a sing-along moment for the rest of Keys's career.
She told the crowd after "Gramercy Park" that she's struggled with appeasing people her whole life, but she's trying harder now to set boundaries. Luckily for the Tiny Desk audience, that resolution didn't pertain to this concert. After wrapping up what was to be a three-song set with her latest single "Underdog," which you may have seen her perform at this year's Grammys, the crowd begged for an encore. After crowdsourcing suggestions, she and her band delivered a riveting rendition of Keys's breakout 2001 single, "Fallin'."
The world, now more than ever, needs more love, reflection and accountability - a mantra that's woven into every fiber of Alicia Keys's being and every lyric of her songs.
SET LIST
"Show Me Love"
"Gramercy Park"
"Underdog"
"Fallin'"
MUSICIANS
Alicia Keys: vocals, piano; RAII & Whitney: vocals; Ant Parrish: bass; Curt Chambers: guitar; Mike Reid: drums; Omar Edwards: keys.
CREDITS
Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Melany Rochester, Shanti Hands; Editor: Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR

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  1. NPR Music
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    1. Eli Madrid
      Eli Madrid
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      great. Z55 z

    2. Eli Madrid
      Eli Madrid
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    3. Eli Madrid
      Eli Madrid
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      @Gunnar Jones z 5 55z

    4. Nijem Abderrhman
      Nijem Abderrhman
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      from viewers like you

    5. Gustavo Goldman
      Gustavo Goldman
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      Junp

  2. Laura Shore
    Laura Shore
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    Before Alicia even said it, I looked at the two singers and just knew they were married. 😄. this is a super great tiny desk concert!!! I think Alicia Keys is one of the most brilliant artists of our time. Her music and her voice are magnificent. LOVE HER! ❤️

  3. Jeeleigh Anne
    Jeeleigh Anne
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    Her new album is sooo good! Love me some Alicia!

  4. thales ribeiro
    thales ribeiro
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    Amazing from Brazil, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks

  5. Zuri Damasceno
    Zuri Damasceno
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    I love you so much!

  6. Dom Grant
    Dom Grant
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    cant lie gutted she didn't play no one

  7. Jeff Pavajeau
    Jeff Pavajeau
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    Alicia’s voice, register is so warm, extense and of course so beautiful!!!! Love it!!!

  8. Jeff Pavajeau
    Jeff Pavajeau
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    Amazing Alicia!!! Beautiful !!!! Excelent performance!! Everyone amazing there!!

  9. Bubba Clark
    Bubba Clark
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    So beautiful and very talented my dear. I'm so enjoying your music.

  10. joseph slaughter
    joseph slaughter
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    that harmony at 22 minutes!!!!!!

  11. Shedid music
    Shedid music
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    love her ❤️🥳💃🏽

  12. Terra Nullius
    Terra Nullius
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    ווואוווווו! איזו מרגשת! אין דברים כאלה. איזו מתיקות!!!! אני שרופה עלייך אלישיה!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Anissa Razali
    Anissa Razali
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    Hey vibe is just LOVE. When you be feelin' negative, just channel your inner Alicia Keys

  14. Omar E.
    Omar E.
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    Amazing and beautiful singer.

  15. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Tune

  16. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Oxegen

  17. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Techno

  18. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Bad

  19. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Learn

  20. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Beautiful

  21. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Love

  22. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Techno

  23. David Kelly
    David Kelly
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    Tune

  24. Dang Ayesha Bad
    Dang Ayesha Bad
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    Her band is close like they aint fakin. She's had the same background singers and everyone for many years. Seen them at all concerts i been to of hers..they are a family.

    1. H.A.T.
      H.A.T.
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      They are all absolutely incredible, I've never seen so much talent work in harmony together. No ego's. Family like you said.

  25. Школа Асхата Жапарханова
    Школа Асхата Жапарханова
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    Язык без костей))

  26. kageyama's wifeu
    kageyama's wifeu
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    Omg theyre married!!!🥺🥺 what a beautiful couple and their voices are special!!

  27. kageyama's wifeu
    kageyama's wifeu
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    The whole band were so cool omds

  28. kageyama's wifeu
    kageyama's wifeu
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    Ms Keys is looking real thicc🙈😍

  29. kageyama's wifeu
    kageyama's wifeu
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    Omg she’s so beautiful 😭

  30. Jason Garcia
    Jason Garcia
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    Is that Ledisi as her backup??

  31. Eduardo Valentim Neto
    Eduardo Valentim Neto
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    This is true we must beleive in wich others.

  32. Dennis Enetoft
    Dennis Enetoft
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    and sorry but do they all lauge the same way 5 times but again respect for feelings and your woice

  33. Dennis Enetoft
    Dennis Enetoft
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    i really liked it but just one thing trash sultana do it all alone and sounds like you need a hole band to make you just close to her but i like respect

  34. Denny Dornelles
    Denny Dornelles
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    A melhor de todas ♥️

  35. Philip Carroll
    Philip Carroll
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    Back up vocals be lookin like a firework show back there 🎆 :)

  36. MC 11 views
    MC 11 views
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    Leona Lewis.

  37. tamara vasquez
    tamara vasquez
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    Love alicia❤️💕🥰

  38. Christian David Aragon
    Christian David Aragon
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    i cannot wait to be someday part of this

  39. Marcelo Becerra Méndez
    Marcelo Becerra Méndez
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    Alguien puede presumir ese cuello?, ay Dios. Es como presumir esas bellas manos. Bellisima

  40. Kay Cee
    Kay Cee
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    Just love 🙏 your love and compassion and respect is a blessing 🙇🏽‍♀️you are amazing grace , soulful pure talent ❤🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍 God bless you 🤲🏽

  41. Василий Гоголев
    Василий Гоголев
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    Это ж рассизм ни одного азиата и белого представителя в коллективе.😂

  42. Stephen Rapson
    Stephen Rapson
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    SPECIAL....Blessings to all in 2021.

  43. marianacamila
    marianacamila
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    the ending takes me to another dimension man

  44. Emmanuel Hunter
    Emmanuel Hunter
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    Raii and Whitney was sangin!!!!!! Y’all betta sing!!!!

  45. Junker Veld
    Junker Veld
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    The solid chord distinctly delight because indonesia quickly use alongside a wholesale fifth. animated, caring sudan

  46. Michael's ML&ATG
    Michael's ML&ATG
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    The pigtails and the blue jeans are creating an incredible blue-grass vibe. I love it! Just connecting on all cultural platforms - "plat" "forms". 😉🥰 I remembered from a few years ago when you introduced the couple who are your back-up singers. I recognized them right away in this video and am so glad to see them still rocking with you delivering those sweet vocals, fa-sho & sho-nuff!

  47. bakare yetunde
    bakare yetunde
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    She's synonyms to beautiful in and out 🥺

  48. TJ Johnson
    TJ Johnson
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    This must be what angels sound like.

  49. SFSN FSAFG
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    The flashy current primarily deceive because jasmine intermittently branch down a deeply birth. offbeat, safe romanian

  50. Gabriele Réti
    Gabriele Réti
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    Mrs Alicia Keys always manages to bring a smile to my face. The same goes for Mrs Alicia Moore. Might have to do with the name... ;-)

  51. Ieisha Blake
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    👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾🔥🔥🔥👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  52. Sina
    Sina
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    9:56 here come the goosebumps... oh and the tears, ok

  53. Martin Mathenge
    Martin Mathenge
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    Issa vibe!!!

  54. IndiaL
    IndiaL
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    There was a whole as choir back there

  55. Lars Grim
    Lars Grim
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    That was the most ....IDK, it was just beautiful in every sence of the word, thank you Tiny desk and Alicia with band for that...I got that wibe for sure..

  56. Joe Carr
    Joe Carr
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    Nice, no fear of COVID either. We can't live in fear!

  57. Jose A Torres
    Jose A Torres
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    A truly Good Spirited humble leader. God Bless Alicia Keys...

  58. JakeFabioYT
    JakeFabioYT
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    This is so Beautiful! So Soulful and fulfilling, i wish you reading this a great day :) enjoy life !

  59. Farano Gunawan, ROMO
    Farano Gunawan, ROMO
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    am in luv.. just when she's mature

  60. Kathleen Cameron
    Kathleen Cameron
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    Alicias first album was the first album I purchased with my first job. Loved her then, love her now. Such a beautiful, talented human ❤️

  61. Dew Lalala
    Dew Lalala
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    Not me crying every time I hear her sing fallin’ (amazing band btw)

  62. Andrew
    Andrew
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    She's good vibes walking! Would love to meet / hear her in person.

  63. Payne Menelick
    Payne Menelick
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    Your music just bring me back to the earth i mean Make me stronger about my life my love and all these stuff thanks you Alicia you're the best

  64. Xero the GemInEye The Guitar Xombie
    Xero the GemInEye The Guitar Xombie
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    What a remarkable human being!

  65. yo quien mas
    yo quien mas
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    Who can dislike this masterpiece?

  66. The NonoiX
    The NonoiX
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    Alicia Keys gives such positive vibes that makes me look forward for tomorrow! Thank you!

  67. Julio Luna
    Julio Luna
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    En el estante del fondo veo que hay una botella de Agua Mineral Topo Chico, que buena onda, representando Nuevo León, México ;)

  68. PlazaNorte Tenerife
    PlazaNorte Tenerife
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    Brutal, precioso, Transmite tanto..., felicidades y muchas gracias

  69. matt west
    matt west
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    She cool af! Like legit seems just like a normal chick instead of some dumb celebrity looking down on us all.

  70. Beat Knobel
    Beat Knobel
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    Magnifique et belle harmonie sur ce »Tiny desk »

  71. tech ori
    tech ori
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    whitney is AMAZIMNGGGGGGGG!!!!! OMGGGG BRAD take good care of her i am in LOVE!!!!

  72. Hyperdink!
    Hyperdink!
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    james harden guitarist now?

  73. Jack Page
    Jack Page
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    💙💙💙💙💙 amazing artists! And luv the denim!

  74. Ben Ahmad Hassen
    Ben Ahmad Hassen
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    Hi beautiful girl u are Realy Amazing i am Mr Dj non as Bob playing some music i love you in my life to be wife on my road want to go back home town USA America fly away to Jamaica Amen

  75. Angela Arellano
    Angela Arellano
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    this woman is fabulous 💜

    1. my snapchat abdullah-tu2
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      👍💖

  76. Paco Xu
    Paco Xu
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    Alicia, transmites una energía tan brillante y pura que cambias el estado de ánimo de las personas con tu presencia y con tu obra. Bendiciones para ti y todo el grupo de músicos que hacen esta belleza.

  77. antpares13
    antpares13
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    i loved the concert

  78. Untold Stories
    Untold Stories
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    Underdog! Fire

  79. c fox
    c fox
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    Hi Mrs. Keys You are such a blessing to the world. I feel like a baby listening to his heavenly sister set an example of Peace, Joy, Faith, aka Love And I'm older. I Appreciate your talents so much. Thank you.

  80. Mill Eudic
    Mill Eudic
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    *Candle* I show you my love freak out, can't touch never had, from above white hatem lunch decline as if mind but your man have mine in hand. bud@

    1. Mill Eudic
      Mill Eudic
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      where ? ma,

    2. Mill Eudic
      Mill Eudic
      9 օր առաջ

      OMA -> You have no clue, Have an woman. Wife

  81. Mill Eudic
    Mill Eudic
    9 օր առաջ

    You pass alien of Marsfield, strict criteria. bud@

  82. Humanizer
    Humanizer
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    OMg So beautiful! thank you guys! Love is eternal, powerful and the strongest buidling block of the universe!

  83. Benoit
    Benoit
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    🤍

  84. chris mack
    chris mack
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    That sound. Makes me wanna pull on them pig tails. WOW...

  85. AJ Morrison
    AJ Morrison
    9 օր առաջ

    This is one of those "I wish I could have a dinner party with.." fantasy intimacy with so much depth. I've got a lot of appreciation for the many talents that bring this together. Thank you for your story telling, and thank the rest of you for your behind the scenes beautiful work contributions

  86. AVA prod.
    AVA prod.
    10 օր առաջ

    Hearing this version of Falling gave me goosebumps! one of my favorite of her songs

  87. Samuel Baik
    Samuel Baik
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    What Alicia articulated in the beginning of her set was so moving. "How much we all want to be shown love. We're in a time where we need love, now more than ever. We can all feel the need and desire for respect and just uplifting each other, seeing each other and recognizing the beauty in each other. That's what links us." I've always felt that way but time and circumstance moved me out of that truth. It so lovely to hear what has always matter to me and reconnect with that feeling. Stay golden Alicia :)

  88. Rainer Warzecha
    Rainer Warzecha
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    you bring me to tears! Pleasure and pain. Adore you, Alicia!

  89. Omarr Koroma
    Omarr Koroma
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    Nice hair

  90. Andrea Lippi
    Andrea Lippi
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    guauu que genia esta mujer

  91. Keron Hooey
    Keron Hooey
    11 օր առաջ

    Dope

  92. nora schmalkoke
    nora schmalkoke
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    Omg 😱 what a queeeeeeen. True blessing listening to her❤️

  93. Cordela Timme
    Cordela Timme
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    Common!! Beautiful soul heard

  94. Raphael Fiskaa
    Raphael Fiskaa
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    this is my introduction to Alicia Keys.I love everything about her, I think we all hava a collective responsebility to protect her.

  95. Enrico Pugliese
    Enrico Pugliese
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    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G...! ❤️❤️❤️

  96. Kei Gie
    Kei Gie
    11 օր առաջ

    Wow

  97. Nicolás Molina
    Nicolás Molina
    11 օր առաջ

    20:35 solo como recordatorio por acá

  98. Ángeles Cullen
    Ángeles Cullen
    11 օր առաջ

    Really concerned bout the people who disliked this video. Need help brother?

  99. All My Hobbies ASMR
    All My Hobbies ASMR
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    The way everybody is enjoying themselves and the way they revolve around Alicia... so pure

  100. Muse Complexion
    Muse Complexion
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    21:58. Your welcome