[artist id="503203"]Alicia Keys[/artist] said she has been undeniably influenced by Michael Jackson. In the wake of his death in June, the pop icon has been remembered by everyone from Ne-Yo to Akon. When fans go to see the concert film "Michael Jackson's This Is It," in theaters Wednesday, they, like Keys, will once again be reminded of his greatness.
"I have to say that I am absolutely a fan of Michael Jackson. He will always be an icon to the world. And I feel like I have always celebrated his genius and his beautiful heart," Keys told MTV News about Jackson's legacy. "And I'm excited to see ['This Is It'], because I love to see his songs and I love to see him shining."
She said she was excited to learn that his last performances were captured on film for everyone to experience. "Obviously, that's unbelievable," she said. "It's kind of strange that it's all, like, mapped out like that."
The film should remind fans and critics what Keys knew all along about the singer: He was "incredible," as Keys says. She hopes the people who may have forgotten that in the last years of his life will remember. "I think it's going to be a mixture [of emotions]," Keys said. "I think there is going to be some sadness there, because I think we all felt like we lost him too soon.
"He was obviously celebrated and obviously appreciated," she continued. "But I wish that in the last, later years, he was even more celebrated and appreciated. But regardless of the fact, there's no denying he's incredible. It will hopefully show his triumph."
Don't miss the "Michael Jackson's This Is It" premiere special, airing on MTV and VH1 tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET! "Michael Jackson's This Is It" opens in a limited engagement on October 27 and wide on October 28.
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