Alicia Keys has been out of the spotlight for a while but that will change at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The title of the song has not been released yet but Keys isn’t hiding her excitement about her coming performance.
“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,’” she told MTV. “It’s the perfect setting…People are so excited about the night of music and hearing different styles that it just goes over really well. I can’t wait!”
Keys’ history with the VMA is extensive. She has been nominated for a VMA 12 times and has won four moon man statues, including the Best New Artist award back in 2001. This coming performance will be here fifth time performing at the ceremony. Her first was performing “Fallin’” in 2001 and her latest one was her infamous performance of “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z during which rapper Lil Mama crashed the stage. Those memories have contributed to Keys’ eagerness to perform this year.
“”I’m in my space and I feel more confident than ever to really just have a crazy, fun time,” Keys said. “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!”
In addition to Keys, British boy band One Direction has confirmed that they will be performing at the ceremony. “We’re really looking forward to the VMAs,” group member Liam Payne said to MTV News. “It’s quite nerve-racking as well, because obviously there’s been so many historical moments and stuff that have happened at the VMAs. Now we want to make a moment ourselves, but who knows?”
The VMAs will be broadcasted on September 6 at 8 p.m. on MTV.