Alicia Keys Talks No Makeup, Performs Live Concert on ‘Today Show’ (Photos, Video)

September 2, 2016

Alicia Keys performed her new single ‘In Common’ and some of her greatest hits in a live concert on ‘Today Show.’ The R&B superstar who has been getting a buzz for not just the new music, but also the commitment to going makeup free opened up about that very topic as well as her new album in a live interview.

Alicia Keys

The 15-time Grammy Award winner graced The Plaza at Rockefeller Center with a crowd pleasing performance, her first in many years. After a four-year hiatus she’s back with new music.

She first created a stir with the no-makeup publicity photos for ‘In Common.’ And then, upping the anti, went makeup free on the red carpet at the MTV VMAs, which is pretty much unheard of. Sure we’ve had countless celebrities who have posted no-makeup selfies on Instgram. But actually going without makeup for publicity and red carpet appearances, well, that’s a first.

Now in yet another first, she performed her live concert without makeup. Yes, no make up at all.
Out on The Plaza, Alicia Keys performed her new hit, ‘In Common,’ as noted as well as some of her classics including ‘Girl on Fire’ — title track of her 2012 album — as well as her classic hit ‘No One.’ She also performed ‘You Don’t Know My Name’ and ‘Back to Life.’

In an interview in Studio 1A, she spoke with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about all of these topics. She said of her no-makeup look, “We put so many limitations on ourselves…I’m over it.”

When Lauer drew a comparison to the “freeing” feeling he had when he cut his hair off and no longer had to worry about the bald spot. Keys said, “The most important thing is you do what feels good for you. It’s really not about anyting else. It’s as opposed to what people

Previously in an essay she said of her decision, “Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women.”

She added, “I felt powerful because my initial intentions realized themselves. My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over all those years, to be full of purpose, and to be myself!”

You can see Alicia Keys’ Today Show performance and interview below!

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