Before presenting the award for Best Male Video, the "Voice" judge paid tribute to the late Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave 53 years ago to the day, with a poem and an a cappella song.Keys’ fresh face isn’t a one-time occurrence, though.“It was just a plain white background, me and the photographer intimately relating, me and that baseball hat and scarf and a bunch of invisible magic circulating.And I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” she continued. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth.NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats attend the 8th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on November 3, 2011 in New York City.
Her newest song, “Blended Family (What You Do For Love)” is a tribute to Mashonda Tifrere, hubby Swizz Beats’s ex-wife, Tifrere’s son, Kasseem Dean Jr., and the importance of putting aside contention for the sake of your family. Keys discussed the song’s meaning on social media and via her website before it was released early this morning.“My new song Blended Family (What You Do For Love) will be available everywhere at Midnight. It means so much to me and our whole family,” she said. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.”The song features A$AP Rocky (who shares his own unique family story) and most times, is addressed to Kasseem, affirming the singer’s love of him (“I may not really be ya mother, but that don’t mean I don’t really love ya”) as well as the support he has in his blended family.
Cara opted for jeans, sneakers, and a camo top, while Keys went with a Just Cavalli long-sleeved, printed maxi dress and a messy braided topknot.
While their outfits were definitely different, both female singers showed up sans makeup, rocking the red carpet casually but still stunning. “In ‘Scars,’ I wanted to tell people, ‘There isn’t one way to look beautiful—you are beautiful, and it’s the world that needs to change.’ ”" data-reactid="23"Cara, 20, made a commitment to remove all traces of makeup every time she performs her “Scars to Your Beautiful,” a promise she kept last night when she opened the VMAs preshow with the song.
You know that I asked you to step back and let me handle my family issues.
Issues that you helped to create…”Keys would eventually respond to the drama by saying that she started dating Swizz while he and Tifrere were separated.