Alicia Keys Is Smoking Hot At Her 2012 VMA Rehearsal

Alicia Keys at her 2012 VMA rehearsal in LA.
Photo: Alicia Keys’s Instagram

OK, you know how you suspect that Alicia Keys’s IRL voice would be bonkers because, um, hi, it’s Alicia Keys? Well, I got to witness her rehearsal and I can confirm with solemn conviction and super-bugged eyes that GIRL ON FIRE. Seriously. I’d seen Ms. Keys perform at various events but there’s something about the absence of an entire cheering audience that makes her voice fill a room. Mind you, the room in question is the monstrous Staples Center, so this is no small task. Wearing speckled sunglasses, a rope chain flooded with small gems, with slicked back hair and a black tank, Alicia pounded on the keyboard with stunning aplomb that showcased a spectacular gun show. As in, HAVE YOU SEEN HER ARMS LATELY? They are seriously sculpted.


Alicia Keys at her 2012 VMA rehearsal in LA.
Photo: Alicia Keys’s Instagram

Hoisted up on 5” stiletto T-straps, the native New Yorker strode confidently down stage careful to hit all her marks. Now, the reason why timing is of utmost importance is not just because the show is live and televised to bajillions but because there are not one but TWO, HUGE surprises in this performance that are guaranteed to break the internet into smithereens.

Alicia Keys’s son Egypt at rehearsal.
Photo: Alicia Keys’s Instagram

In between each run through Alicia couldn’t keep her hands off her adorable two-year-old son Egypt who accompanied her and of course Swizzy was also front-and-center, as well. OK, two little details that I loved: watching busy teamster types be bowled over by this kid whose face lit up watching his mom onset and the fact that he couldn’t help but inspect the glowing lights.

Alicia Keys and Egypt at her 2012 VMA rehearsal in LA.
Photo: Alicia Keys’s Instagram

Alicia even quipped on her Instagram that Egypt couldn’t be kept out of the limelight: “I have a feeling we’re not gonna be able to keep him off the stage!!! Bum rush!!!

The second tidbit that warmed my frosty little heart is that Alicia was practicing in a Reebok tank, in full support of her husband who was wearing a matching branded cap as the brand’s creative director. The rehearsal was a total family affair.

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