Many know that Alicia Keys is a great singer, but she surprised her fans when she appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to do impressions of Adele, Gwen Stefani, and Janis Joplin.
Alicia wowed audiences when she effortlessly belted out to nursery rhymes while imitating some of the most recognizable voices in the music industry. The impressions were part of The Tonight Show’s regular segment, “Wheel of Musical Impressions.”
The segment is basically a game where the guest and host take turns doing impressions of popular singers. The guest always goes first —in this case, Alicia Keys. After she presses a button, the titular “wheel” will select a random pairing of song and artist.
On her first try, Keys got a pairing of Gwen Stefani and the song “Miss Mary Mack.” As noted by Billboard, Alicia did the impression well by first laying down Stefani’s “signature vocal rifts,” and then finishing it with the recognizable chorus from Stefani’s 2004 hit, “Hollaback Girl.” It did help that house band The Roots captured No Doubt’s punk-ska vibe in their accompanying instrumentals.