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.
"Show Me Love"
"Gramercy Park"
Alicia Keys: vocals, piano; RAII & Whitney: vocals; Ant Parrish: bass; Curt Chambers: guitar; Mike Reid: drums; Omar Edwards: keys.
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


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
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    1. A17 13
      A17 13
      22 uur geleden

      Nvm just saw the link

    2. A17 13
      A17 13
      22 uur geleden

      How can I donate?

    3. Treblig Yu
      Treblig Yu
      2 dagen geleden

      How can i share this

      10 dagen geleden

      lovin this vibessss!!!

    5. Andy B
      Andy B
      16 dagen geleden

      I need a john mayer tiny desk concert

  2. Rica De Jesus
    Rica De Jesus
    Uur geleden

    She's a MASTER.

  3. Claude Gibson
    Claude Gibson
    Uur geleden

    God she is still so beautiful, outside and inside, and she has always been a massively talented musician, singer, and song writer. I used to have a bit of a crush and after seeing this that crush still lives. I have always been a metalhead and over the years as a musician of 15 yrs i have expanded my love beyond the rock/metal genre, but i have always had this deep unexplainable love for R&B even before i started listening to metal. It has an emotion that no other genre has. It moves in a way no other genre moves. It can be personal, wholehearted, sexy, sad, and uplifting.

  4. BVAmusic
    3 uur geleden

    twenty years later - Alicia is still the same as she was

  5. Dave C
    Dave C
    4 uur geleden

    So much soul 🙌🏾

    11 uur geleden

    this is wierd my cheaks hurt cuz i didnt stop smiling for 27 mins like wow the vibe

  7. NotQuiteSure OfAnything
    NotQuiteSure OfAnything
    16 uur geleden

    Alicia is one of the most beautiful women alive.

  8. brielle rblx
    brielle rblx
    18 uur geleden

    The backup singers tho

  9. 93jonbu
    18 uur geleden

    Good music Good vibes Good people... Can't stop watching

  10. me va a dar un flash
    me va a dar un flash
    Dag geleden

    the choir guys should be given much more credit, they're astonishing!!

  11. 접시
    Dag geleden

    나 알리샤 키스 사랑하네

  12. Michelle Sines
    Michelle Sines
    Dag geleden

    She is truly an Amazing all around artist!! Such beautiful songs!! ALICIA is a one of a kind album. Definitely Grammy worthy!! I've never seen a group so excited and energetic as this Tiny Desk!

  13. Normalement jsuis pas là
    Normalement jsuis pas là
    Dag geleden

    R.I.P DMX ... Show love...We need to show love to eachs others 4real... LOVE from FR🙌🏾💖🌐

  14. Casey Nasr
    Casey Nasr
    Dag geleden

    John Mayer please 👀

  15. Zick Rapeiro
    Zick Rapeiro
    Dag geleden

    adoro alicia!

  16. R A
    R A
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  17. Ricky Johnson
    Ricky Johnson
    Dag geleden

    25:55 when she signals the band (keyboard guy) to bounce and bring it back up.... then gets so excited when it happens is AMAZING!!!!

  18. Pearla Moon
    Pearla Moon
    2 dagen geleden

    Alicia you are pure Romance born to ShowLove

  19. Randall McDowell
    Randall McDowell
    2 dagen geleden

    The song at 14 mins slappppppsssss

  20. Jabulanitjm Munjoma
    Jabulanitjm Munjoma
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  21. sergio vargas cornejo
    sergio vargas cornejo
    2 dagen geleden

    subitulos en español plis jajaj muchas gracias

  22. Rony Reyes
    Rony Reyes
    2 dagen geleden

    una artista formidable!!

  23. rockb78
    2 dagen geleden

    the freakin' warmth radiating from this is just amazing

  24. EMMA B
    EMMA B
    3 dagen geleden

    Tears to my eyes with all the emotion! Alicia is incredible

  25. Leslie Bullitt
    Leslie Bullitt
    3 dagen geleden

    Love her music so much!

  26. jaylove5555
    3 dagen geleden

    Baby faced assassin

  27. Anthonyontv
    3 dagen geleden

    She was trying to be deep and meaningful in the beginning but I’m not buying it

    1. Anthonyontv
      Dag geleden

      @First Name Last Name says who

    2. First Name Last Name
      First Name Last Name
      2 dagen geleden

      you're not buying honesty about a self journey??? that seems pretty ignorant

  28. David Fye
    David Fye
    3 dagen geleden

    Man, they're all having so much fun on that third tune, Underdog. Love it.

  29. Eden King
    Eden King
    3 dagen geleden

    Incredible performance. what a joy to experience, can only imagine what it would be like in person.

  30. Denzel Taylor
    Denzel Taylor
    3 dagen geleden

    Look I'm falling in love with her background singers. They are so magnificent!

  31. The Aligorithm
    The Aligorithm
    3 dagen geleden

    So nobody gonna say anything about D-Wade with a fake fro in the corner?

  32. Wayne Lougee
    Wayne Lougee
    3 dagen geleden


  33. Beth YOUNG
    Beth YOUNG
    3 dagen geleden

    Alicia knows my heart! Love her incredible vocal talent as well as being such a caring relatable soul!

  34. Andrea Flx
    Andrea Flx
    3 dagen geleden

    one of the best tiny desk, simply gorgeous!

  35. Richard
    4 dagen geleden

    April 2021 still my favorite.

  36. yi wei
    yi wei
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  37. Mayra Givá
    Mayra Givá
    4 dagen geleden

    Alicia is definitely an angel. How man?!!

  38. Veus-T
    4 dagen geleden

    Goddess Level... There is Queen B but can't come close to Queen A.

  39. Eric Berger
    Eric Berger
    4 dagen geleden

    Alica makes every tiny room to a large hall. Great!

  40. Tyler Poor
    Tyler Poor
    4 dagen geleden

    I feel like if everyone had an Alicia Keys in there life as a good friend the world would be a much better place.

  41. Anastasia Kalashnikova
    Anastasia Kalashnikova
    4 dagen geleden

    Heavenly perfect singling!

  42. meng peng
    meng peng
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  43. Noémie
    4 dagen geleden

    Waouh, just wow!

  44. Thais Dybax
    Thais Dybax
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  45. Thais Dybax
    Thais Dybax
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  46. Maru Baccaiani
    Maru Baccaiani
    4 dagen geleden

    Esa canción...Falling...en esta versió derretí de amor!!!!!!

  47. Malik Salar
    Malik Salar
    4 dagen geleden

    Wowwww i love it so much....Amazing thanks for this. I cant stop crying this is so emotional so so so beautyful all guys there only wowwww

  48. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    4 dagen geleden

    Problemsssssssss... So Harry Styles Suckled up my darn 🕯 Harrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy babbbbbyyyyyyy boyyyy If you can hear me psychically thinking through brain waves GIVE IT B A C K: PRETTYYY:PRETTYYY:&PRETTIER:P LEASE:ME:L8R🍒

  49. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    4 dagen geleden

    SHE Keeps on F A L Ling:In:Love:W/ NLlike& Herself: ohhhhh Alicia girl! Go eazzyyyyyyy beautiful HUMAN&OtherS!

  50. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    4 dagen geleden

    Love Love Love! Look outside the video at me the Ear Budd Goddess!!!!!!!! 🌻💌💣

  51. V Valente
    V Valente
    4 dagen geleden

    What’s wrong with the souls of the people who actually hit dislike on this amazing lady?

  52. Joseph Gelpi
    Joseph Gelpi
    4 dagen geleden

    Alicia keys has always been too ghetto

    1. First Name Last Name
      First Name Last Name
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  53. Chris Jereza
    Chris Jereza
    5 dagen geleden

    Jeez even the audience sings well

    1. First Name Last Name
      First Name Last Name
      2 dagen geleden

      when a good number of people sing together in unison they'll sound good

  54. TheArjulaad
    5 dagen geleden


  55. Töffel Dux
    Töffel Dux
    5 dagen geleden

    I Love you Alicia❤

  56. Lisa Towner
    Lisa Towner
    5 dagen geleden

    HaVE 2 listen to this again!!!!🥰🥰🥰😇😇😇😎🤩🤩🤩

  57. Aletheia
    5 dagen geleden

    increible .! me hizo sentir super .! gracias.!

  58. Drew Marshall
    Drew Marshall
    5 dagen geleden

    What an absolute beautiful lady, inside and outside

  59. Michaela Tischler
    Michaela Tischler
    5 dagen geleden

    I love this so much! ❤️🎶❤️🎶

  60. a6g9-4L
    5 dagen geleden

    Those back up singers on fire

  61. ysee srgs
    ysee srgs
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  62. Jhonathan Reed
    Jhonathan Reed
    6 dagen geleden

    Alicia reminds me of a girl I never met before

  63. u hong
    u hong
    6 dagen geleden

    omg...this vibe

  64. Edward Wald
    Edward Wald
    6 dagen geleden

    That's fantastic!

  65. Lesa Amour
    Lesa Amour
    6 dagen geleden

    Best one thus far

  66. Knayoni Lillis
    Knayoni Lillis
    6 dagen geleden


  67. daki gOatriBe
    daki gOatriBe
    6 dagen geleden

    all your shows are awesome but this one is the best tiny desk by far.. .. the way Alicia conect with audience is stunning... really felt that in my heart ... thank you for this expirience ,really

  68. Jonathan Morris
    Jonathan Morris
    6 dagen geleden

    Best Tiny Desk episode and it’s not even close. Alicia Keys is a goddess of beauty and story telling through song.

  69. Jake Lance
    Jake Lance
    6 dagen geleden

    12:30 what is she talking about? I don't get it

  70. Elizabeth
    6 dagen geleden

    anyone else think alicia keys feels like that auntie that smells like a vanilla sugar cookie and amber when she hugs you? anyone?

    1. Tlotliso Mafantiri
      Tlotliso Mafantiri
      4 dagen geleden

      I thought I was weird thinking a similar thing lol

  71. Grace Ambasa
    Grace Ambasa
    7 dagen geleden

    That right there was pure love....I come back for it time and again....

  72. Andrea F
    Andrea F
    7 dagen geleden

    We don´t deserve Alicia Keys

  73. Edriec Dela Cruz
    Edriec Dela Cruz
    7 dagen geleden

    i love how james harden not travelling this time hahaha

    1. Bob Tbuilder
      Bob Tbuilder
      3 dagen geleden

      Thats racist

  74. Phil Carstens
    Phil Carstens
    7 dagen geleden

    Yup my Alicia Keys crush is still intact 20 years later...

    1. Dr. Tony Jr.
      Dr. Tony Jr.
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    2. Josh Layfield
      Josh Layfield
      4 dagen geleden

      She’s a national treasure

    3. Jazzy Jeph
      Jazzy Jeph
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  75. Magic Joe Black
    Magic Joe Black
    8 dagen geleden

    Sublime. End of comment.

  76. Washington Wagner de Campos
    Washington Wagner de Campos
    8 dagen geleden

    Great, great Alicia & Band, Dios mio espetacular

  77. Paola Greco
    Paola Greco
    8 dagen geleden

    felt in love

  78. Christoph Mathis
    Christoph Mathis
    8 dagen geleden

    this made me cry out of joy - twice humbled to share the good vibes all over the world

  79. swimmindonut
    8 dagen geleden

    Ooh, ooh, ooh Ooh, ooh, ooh She was walking in the street, looked up and noticed He was nameless, he was homeless She asked him his name and told him what hers was He gave her a story 'bout a life With a glint in his eye and a corner of a smile One conversation, a simple moment The things that change us if we notice When we look up, sometimes They said I would never make it But I was built to break the mold The only dream that I've been chasing is my own So I sing a song for the hustlers trading at the bus stop Single mothers waiting on a check to come Young teachers, student doctors Sons on the frontline knowing they don't get to run This goes out to the underdog Keep on keeping at what you love You'll find that someday soon enough You will rise up, rise up, yeah Ooh, ooh, ooh Ooh, ooh, ooh She's riding in a taxi back to the kitchen Talking to the driver 'bout his wife and his children On the run from a country where they put you in prison For being a woman and speaking your mind She looked in his eyes in the mirror and he smiled One conversation, a single moment The things that change us if we notice When we look up, sometimes They said I would never make it But I was built to break the mold The only dream that I've been chasing is my own So I sing a song for the hustlers trading at the bus stop Single mothers waiting on a check to come Young teachers, student doctors Sons on the frontline knowing they don't get to run This goes out to the underdog Keep on keeping at what you love You'll find that someday soon enough You will rise up, rise up, yeah Ooh, ooh, ooh Ooh, ooh, ooh Everybody rise up You gonna rise up, ay I sing a song for the hustlers trading at the bus stop Single mothers waiting on a check to come Young teachers, student doctors Sons on the frontline knowing they don't get to run This goes out to the underdog Keep on keeping at what you love You'll find that someday soon enough You will rise up, rise up, yeah 14:09

  80. Haydn Dalton
    Haydn Dalton
    8 dagen geleden

    So amazing. Great voice and energy.

  81. Shiqi Chen
    Shiqi Chen
    8 dagen geleden

    I’m melting in the songs and scenes. It’s so amazing!

  82. Shiqi Chen
    Shiqi Chen
    8 dagen geleden

    Alicia 的现场太有感染力了!Felt in love, thank you so much! ♥️♥️⭐️⭐️

  83. Phil Hipp
    Phil Hipp
    8 dagen geleden

    thank you for this. thank you very much.

  84. Jenna Smith
    Jenna Smith
    8 dagen geleden

    Honestly just to be in her presence is probably like breathing the freshest air on Earth.

  85. Brian Koichi Mizushima
    Brian Koichi Mizushima
    9 dagen geleden

    Pure talent... pure passion... such pure beauty...

  86. Ale Lollipop
    Ale Lollipop
    9 dagen geleden

    God ain't she awesome. All the band infact. Thanks tiny Desk!

  87. Manuel Rodríguez
    Manuel Rodríguez
    9 dagen geleden

    Can anybody tell me where this place is? Thanks!

  88. med amine khalfi
    med amine khalfi
    9 dagen geleden

    Allllllichya tkaysi 3lina i love you

  89. Malik Sharif
    Malik Sharif
    9 dagen geleden

    Awesome my Brown Angel

  90. Player King of New York City
    Player King of New York City
    9 dagen geleden

    Alicia Keys is ageless. She is 40 but looks like in her twenties.

  91. Kayla c
    Kayla c
    9 dagen geleden

    The sour snow immunocytochemically offend because newsprint spectacularly interrupt aside a mundane lace. glib, far peanut

  92. Ken Santiago
    Ken Santiago
    9 dagen geleden

    God speaks to all of us through his creation...yes he gave us music and Alicia uses her music to show how much she loves us. Thank you Alicia!

  93. Sonia Sonia
    Sonia Sonia
    9 dagen geleden

    Goosebumps, tears, and joyful ecstasy that usually only happens at church, along with more emotions is what I feel when hearing Alicia Keys sing. Thank you for sending me these vibes and creating such beauty!

  94. lwcvs
    9 dagen geleden

    antes de começar, ela cantou no one ou vou perder tempo?

  95. Andres Cortes
    Andres Cortes
    9 dagen geleden

    She's so sincere I love that about here

  96. Thelma Grace
    Thelma Grace
    10 dagen geleden

    This is Holy Spirit entering your soul!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  97. MIke B
    MIke B
    10 dagen geleden

    The ratty opera cumulatively annoy because beet unfortunately retire given a shiny date. five, extra-large extra-small exuberant double

    10 dagen geleden

    love you alicia keys!! we want more

  99. Nolan S
    Nolan S
    10 dagen geleden

    Alicia left NO crumbs

  100. Montira Khumdee
    Montira Khumdee
    10 dagen geleden

    Such a beautiful soul