While Alicia Keys’ vocals was absolutely incredible, her audience believed that she may not have selected the best song for the occasion.
People all around the United Kingdom have been celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, a multi-day festival honoring Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne. Of course, a celebration wouldn’t be complete without music, which is why Queen, Ella Eyre, Lin Manuel Miranda, Andrea Bocelli, and Diana Ross were tapped to perform.
Alicia Keys was also invited to perform, and she didn’t disappoint, belting out some of her best singles — albeit one of them, “Empire State of Mind,” was lost on the non-American audience. Someone wondered online, “Call me old-fashioned, but why is Alicia Keys singing about [New York] when she is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in LONDON?”
The mother of two must’ve sensed the audience’s displeasure throughout the performance – or simply anticipated it and changed the words – because she sang “Now you’re in London” in the stead of “Now you’re in New York” at one point.
Though her hit collab with JAY-Z may not have sat well with everyone, many people seemed to enjoy her cover of 2012’s “Girl on Fire,” which some social media users speculated she dedicated to Meghan Markle. The term “Superwoman” was continuously thrown over Buckingham Palace as the R&B legend sang.