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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  • NPR Music

    NPR Music

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    Tiny Desk fans: If you’re into hip-hop, then you know that it’s inherently protest music. Listen to our new podcast, Louder Than A Riot, to hear about the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Through the stories of Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, we’ll reveal how rhyme and punishment in America have always gone hand-in-hand. Check us out at: http://apple.co/louderthanariotpodcast

    • Brandon Flores

      Brandon Flores

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      Id love to be featured one day and bless the tiny Desk

    • daniel kainyah

      daniel kainyah

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      When are u guys inviting Asa the Jailer hitmaker

    • Desiray Coulter

      Desiray Coulter

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      Can we pretty please get a Queen Naija and Luke James tiny desk concert from home

    • Matt Black

      Matt Black

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      Ok dipsht

  • lionsfaithkt

    lionsfaithkt

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    So freaking gooooooooood!!!! 1 million, million, million hearts!

  • BERNARDS PLACE

    BERNARDS PLACE

    3 ժամ առաջ

    Bernardsplace
    YouTube

  • Berfin Orman

    Berfin Orman

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  • Selen *

    Selen *

    11 ժամ առաջ

    Professional, wonderful Alicia Keys! A wonderful concert in a new format. Bravo! Thanks You!

  • Yasmin Animas

    Yasmin Animas

    14 ժամ առաջ

    Muchas gracias por deleitarnos el oído así... saludos desde México =)
    Gracias NPR Music

  • David's Dance Podcast

    David's Dance Podcast

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    Whatever dental plan Alicia and her team are on...I need to get on it. Some beautiful smiles here!

  • Yshana Laila-Tam

    Yshana Laila-Tam

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    why would anyone dislike i do not understand

  • Christiane K.

    Christiane K.

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    What a beautiful musical family🌸

  • Dimitris Christakis

    Dimitris Christakis

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    Beautifull people,georgeous music.Alicia, THE voice

  • T. Tsakon

    T. Tsakon

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    RNBeeeez

  • Amber Finnegan

    Amber Finnegan

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    Alicia Keys is superior.❤️

  • Buffy Shillings

    Buffy Shillings

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    24:47-24:58 that’s pretty beautiful right there 😭

  • JUAN CARLOS CISNEROS LORDUY

    JUAN CARLOS CISNEROS LORDUY

    2 օր առաջ

    Absolutely fantastic .. !!!, I love this style of AK music, and the staging is wonderful. Many congratulations and blessings, thank you, NPR for sharing this gift ..!

  • Gerald Cooper

    Gerald Cooper

    2 օր առաջ

    One love Jehovah

  • Gerald Cooper

    Gerald Cooper

    2 օր առաջ

    I am in love

  • PB GIRL

    PB GIRL

    2 օր առաջ

    Shes gorgeous with a voice of an Angel.

  • Vadim Xvost

    Vadim Xvost

    2 օր առաջ

    Чудесная певица) умница

  • Yo Jay

    Yo Jay

    2 օր առաջ

    I needed to hear Gramercy Park at this moment in my life.... Thank you!

  • Hot Dog

    Hot Dog

    2 օր առաջ

    Imagine Anderson.Paak and Alicia Keys

  • kimberly Ossevoort

    kimberly Ossevoort

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    Does anyone know where to find the instrumental version of fallin (if that evens exist) ? :)

  • JAMES TUNGI

    JAMES TUNGI

    3 օր առաջ

    Who else was following her?

  • chowoo

    chowoo

    3 օր առաջ

    함께 하는 모든 분들에게
    감사 감사 감사를... ^.#

  • chowoo

    chowoo

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    너무나도 아.름.다.
    운.그.녀.와.의.데.이.트...
    ♡.♡...
    눈물 기쁨 사랑
    감동 그 자체로
    온 몸과 마음이 치유되는 시간입니다... ㅠ.ㅜ...
    내게
    눈물을 선물해 준 그대,
    오늘을 기억할게요...

  • chowoo

    chowoo

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    ㅠ.ㅜ 너무나도 뜨거운 눈물이 .......
    show me love ~~~
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
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    .



    ...

  • W.Leone

    W.Leone

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    This session has got to be one of the best session I have seen in Tiny Desk Concert. Well done Alicia Keys. your songs do inspire me to write some of my music and get the idea out there to everyone so we can be more grateful for everything we have, the complex and the simple things.

  • Edgars Gjačs

    Edgars Gjačs

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    So good! She's truely THE ARTIST. I like the way she tells story in these small live audiences, sounds like there are some really close group. Thank you.

  • Jian Sheng Wu

    Jian Sheng Wu

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    Having Alicia on our show was a blessing. Seeing her on the Tiny Desk is a joy... Thanks guys for this.

  • jean-baptiste coeroli

    jean-baptiste coeroli

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    Hair Issues .........

  • jean-baptiste coeroli

    jean-baptiste coeroli

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    We give It even to them !!!!!!!!!

  • jean-baptiste coeroli

    jean-baptiste coeroli

    3 օր առաջ

    Don't forget we weight 40 more pounds than you !!!!!!!! It could be a problem in your way ...........

  • jean-baptiste coeroli

    jean-baptiste coeroli

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    Sister you are too experienced for that !!!!!! Show me Hate !!!!!!!!!!!

  • ᄋᄋ

    ᄋᄋ

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    8:57

  • Quentin Williams

    Quentin Williams

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    the second song hit home like crazy

  • Breno Valle

    Breno Valle

    4 օր առաջ

    Acalma a alma

  • Mark Winfield

    Mark Winfield

    4 օր առաջ

    This is as far as you can get on YouTube from watching a Donald Trump rally

  • Josh

    Josh

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    This was absolutely beautiful. Alicia is an absolute treasure. Thank you!

  • Sean Campbell

    Sean Campbell

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    Sounds like a dam choir in there

  • Romane Petit

    Romane Petit

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    oh my god i wan absolutely NOT ready for this performance of fallin'
    This might be the best thing i've ever heard
    It really gave me chills

  • kaypee1972

    kaypee1972

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    Such a lovely person.

  • Eddy Wang

    Eddy Wang

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    I hope alicia will live looooooong and fine and i hope one day from now our kids would be fortunate enough to see her inducted into the kennedy memorial and impressed all of us once again

  • Santiago Carrion

    Santiago Carrion

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    Smiles all around.

  • Danni v

    Danni v

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    If my heart hurts when I hear you you did something amazing

  • drkdrumz

    drkdrumz

    5 օր առաջ

    Amazing artist. Boring music.

  • Alejandra M.

    Alejandra M.

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    Just watching this. Lovely 🌹🙏😭

  • Mir B

    Mir B

    5 օր առաջ

    Wonderful queen 🥰🔥

  • Lord Emerald Crystal Dragon Eye

    Lord Emerald Crystal Dragon Eye

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    She's such a sweetheart. What a wonderful bunch.

  • Cur.a.ção Pamela Paes Ezawa

    Cur.a.ção Pamela Paes Ezawa

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    ohhh my, I'm so in love for her right now, amazing!

  • K G

    K G

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    💖💗💓💞

  • RUSIRU

    RUSIRU

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    Does anyone know what is the model of that mic they use for vocal is?

  • amyoshiko zue

    amyoshiko zue

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    Beautiful.

  • Daniel Estay

    Daniel Estay

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    Felicidades... 🎶🙏🏼 🌏🙋🏽‍♂️😁

  • Lazarus C

    Lazarus C

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    Alicia Keys is the new Sade

  • Colleen Cleland

    Colleen Cleland

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    You showed us loved through this!...love back from Niagara Falls Canada baby!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Diego Andres Zarate Vega

    Diego Andres Zarate Vega

    6 օր առաջ

    que es esta mierda???

  • Ferry Van Leyen

    Ferry Van Leyen

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    That version of Underdog is really amazing. What artists.

  • Phil Blunt

    Phil Blunt

    6 օր առաջ

    Most beautiful woman ever created

  • safiye acciuga

    safiye acciuga

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    so grateful! love these artists with all of my heart!!

  • Valéria Nunes

    Valéria Nunes

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    Alicia, the most adorable artist in the world

  • TheReal Yt

    TheReal Yt

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    Alicia Keys is a true gem. So uplifting.

  • Дмитрий Калайда

    Дмитрий Калайда

    7 օր առաջ

    Most sensible love song artist out there in the world. Feeling infinite love with Alicia❤️

  • Isaac Lefevre

    Isaac Lefevre

    7 օր առաջ

    So great

  • victor lee

    victor lee

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    She should run the US

  • nanana2454

    nanana2454

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    ı actually cried out of joy. Thank you

  • Empgrenade21 Pedraza

    Empgrenade21 Pedraza

    7 օր առաջ

    She’s still sexy as ever

  • Danny Stout

    Danny Stout

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    One word, AWESOME!

  • Alizwa Mngqeta

    Alizwa Mngqeta

    8 օր առաջ

    one of my most favourite tiny desk performances, if not thee best.

  • M Ware

    M Ware

    8 օր առաջ

    soooo thicke, didn't even know

  • Stacy Gathu

    Stacy Gathu

    8 օր առաջ

    I'm upset that YouTube didn't recommend this to me.

  • Tiger rivers

    Tiger rivers

    8 օր առաջ

    I'd love to be smooshed back on a tiny desk wit Alecia keys 🔑 mmmmm

  • Kim Young

    Kim Young

    8 օր առաջ

    Im enjoying my fb jail, because I find some good stuff elsewhere. This is a calgon take me away time.

  • Evelyne Wohlgemuth

    Evelyne Wohlgemuth

    8 օր առաջ

    👌 Chanson

  • Laura Bergamo

    Laura Bergamo

    9 օր առաջ

    It gave me chills when Alicia plays the piano in "Falling".

  • Hanah Bae

    Hanah Bae

    9 օր առաջ

    she's just such a genuinely beautiful soul

  • Renee Fisher

    Renee Fisher

    9 օր առաջ

    🖤

  • khadija Tukubra

    khadija Tukubra

    9 օր առաջ

    This is deep,gotta show "ME" love

  • A rimad

    A rimad

    9 օր առաջ

    Yes, that felt good!

  • Wanderson Perin

    Wanderson Perin

    9 օր առաջ

    I Love Alicia

  • World Travler

    World Travler

    9 օր առաջ

    This is tooo good!! Soooo much good vibes here omg goodness!!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🎙🥳🥳🎙🎙

  • World Travler

    World Travler

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    My Man’s hair in the blue Jean jacket.....Amazing!!!

  • J M

    J M

    9 օր առաջ

    just sublime

  • Aldous Alraskate

    Aldous Alraskate

    9 օր առաջ

    and it all started right here 13:27

  • Aldous Alraskate

    Aldous Alraskate

    9 օր առաջ

    for me this concert ended at this point 18:22

  • Charlene Cooper

    Charlene Cooper

    9 օր առաջ

    I've watched this tiny desk SO MANY TIMES and every time I'm BLOWN AWAY by the "Falling" performance. So many incredible voices in the room. Wow, wow, wow!!

  • burt turdison

    burt turdison

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    The sound mix is pristine.

  • Susanna X

    Susanna X

    10 օր առաջ

    Must be one of your best recordings... so intensive, so much love! Thank you.

  • Victoria Agyepong

    Victoria Agyepong

    10 օր առաջ

    😍beautiful...that second song just hit a nerve...Gramercy park😘 And Alicia Keys, I love ur back up singers. Ur songwriting, honest singing voice...just raw beauty

  • Luciano Cesario Rangel

    Luciano Cesario Rangel

    10 օր առաջ

    eu to vendo uma carie la entre o 26 e 27? ou aquilo seria apenas uma couve ou uma casquinha de feijão da feijoada anterior ao show?

  • jenifer cronin

    jenifer cronin

    10 օր առաջ

    the dislikes were ALL music industry hacks 🙉

  • jenifer cronin

    jenifer cronin

    10 օր առաջ

    TELL B L M ABOUT
    LUV....
    i dont think they got the
    m e m o

  • Jammin'

    Jammin'

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    Alicia Keys is Keanu Reeves of Music.

  • Jesmin Khatun

    Jesmin Khatun

    10 օր առաջ

    Alicia feels like a friend. She always cultivates such a warm and welcoming atmosphere, the vibes are always top notch

    • Eric Smith

      Eric Smith

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      Well said! She talks so kindly it is incredible!

    • dajhane

      dajhane

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      I agree

  • Peliza Faith Cabanero

    Peliza Faith Cabanero

    10 օր առաջ

    so pretty

  • Tactcat

    Tactcat

    10 օր առաջ

    Fallin' rocks me to my core :( big cry

  • Best Iron EU West

    Best Iron EU West

    10 օր առաջ

    Why is james harden playing guitar?

  • Hicham salè

    Hicham salè

    10 օր առաջ

    تحية للفن الامريكي الحر ❤احتراماتي 🙏🏻🙋‍♂️

  • ZZyrax

    ZZyrax

    10 օր առաջ

    Nice

  • Agustin Tucci

    Agustin Tucci

    11 օր առաջ

    Amazing you’r eyes! Peace in you’r face 🙌🏻

  • vincent manta

    vincent manta

    11 օր առաջ

    Great singer. Never knew awsome amazing

  • youveronicatube

    youveronicatube

    11 օր առաջ

    alicia keys is always gonna be my goddess and i love her