Alicia Keys is set to celebrate the biggest night in music at the 2012 Video Music Awards when she performs for her fifth time. Keys will debut a brand-new track off her upcoming album when she takes the stage on September 6.
This will be the second time Keys has debuted new material at the VMAs. Back in 2007, Keys rocked Las Vegas as she performed her hit “No One,” and is looking to re-create that same magic this year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“Debuting a new song at the VMAs is definitely special. I debuted ’No One’ at the VMAs — it was the first time anyone in the world heard ’No One,’ Keys said. “It’s the perfect setting. It’s the right energy. It’s the right vibe. People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”
And Keys admits that she is more excited and confident as ever to share her new music with not only her fans, but the entire VMA audience.
“I’m in my space and I feel more confident than ever to really just have a crazy, fun time,” Keys said of performing at the Video Music Awards. “It’s so exciting to bring people into my world and where I’ve been and what I’ve been working on. And there’s no better place in the whole wide world than the VMAs to do that, so it’s gonna be crazy!”
Keys has had a long history with the VMAs. She made her VMA debut back in 2001, when she won her first Moonman for Best New Artist in a Video and wowed the crowd with her performance of her hit song, “Fallin’.”
In 2004, Keys took the stage yet again, but this time had some assistance. She was joined by Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder for a performance medley of “If I Ain’t Got You” and “Higher Ground.”
Most recently Keys performed in 2009, as she and Jay-Z closed out the New York City show with a rousing rendition of, “Empire State of Mind.” In 2010, the song won Keys her fourth Moonman — she has a total of 12 nominations — for Best Cinematography.
While Keys will be a VMA veteran performer, MTV is also welcoming some newcomers to the stage. On Tuesday (July 31), it was announced that British boy banders One Direction will make their VMA debut as performers and have racked up two VMA nominations, including Best New Artist.
A full list of VMA nominations have been announced with Rihanna and Drake leading the crowd with five nominations each, including Video of the Year for “We Found Love” as well as their joint hit “Take Care.” Not far behind them is Katy Perry with four nominations and Beyoncé with three.
Beginning Tuesday, fans can vote for their favorite artists at vma.mtv.com or m.mtv.com on their mobile phones. Voting for all VMA categories, except for Best New Artist, will end on August 24 at 6 p.m. ET. Voting for Best New Artist continues through the show which airs live Thursday, September 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.