Alicia Keys is well known for her philanthropy and activism on matters like education. While partaking in many of her projects, Alicia has worked with First Lady Michelle Obama on numerous occasions. When the two of them were on stage at a Wednesday’s Grammys on the Hill, the audience expected to see the loving interaction. But what they each did was far more.
While introducing Alicia Keys, Michelle Obama proceeded to speak highly of the “Girl on Fire” singer. According to the Washington Post, the “gushing” lasted for a total of three minutes before Michelle completed her introduction and Keys graced the stage. Her exact last words pretty much sum up her appreciate for Alicia Keys.
“…my friend, my girl… Alicia Keys!”
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) April 16, 2015
Apparently, Alicia has similar feelings for the First Lady. Upon grabbing the mic from Obama, Alicia Keys reportedly returned the praise after a friendly hug.
“The realest woman in the world.”
Alicia Keys then continued her praise for Michelle Obama, speaking about the many ways the First Lady has given her time for others. During her short speech, it becomes clear that the love is completely mutual.
“I mean, there’s people who talk and there’s people who do. What an example and inspiration you are to me, as well.”
Last year, Alicia Keys and Michelle Obama worked together on Alicia’s movie Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete at the White House. During a performance at the White House in 2013, Alicia Keys also altered the lyrics to “Girl on Fire” to say “Obama’s on fire.” The two have made it crystal clear that they have truly admired each other.
Michelle Obama is not the only person who has an appreciation for Alicia Keys’ talent and commitment to philanthropy. Before she was presented with the Recording Artist Coalition Award, Grammys CEO Neil Portnow made an announcement about Keys.
“We are proud to honor Alicia Keys for her artistry, philanthropy and her passion for creators’ rights as a founding member of The Academy’s brand-new GRAMMY Creators Alliance.”
Also being honored at the event were Bob Goodlatte, Jerrold Nadler, Sheryl Crow, Don Henley, Rodney Jerkins, Ray Parker Jr., and Kirk Whalum. As a founding member of the Grammys Creator Alliance, which honors producers, writers, and the like, Alicia Keys had a hand in showing appreciation for all the industry people who were present at Grammys on the Hill.
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