Alicia Keys’ appearance on “Red Table Talk” was full of emotion and music.
Keys opened up to Jada Pinkett Smith and others about an important piece of advice she received from her grandmother. It was Keys’ grandma who inspired the song “Like You’ll Never See Me Again”.
“When she was dying, she lived with me and it was amazing because all my life she had taken care of me and she was so elegant and strong and fierce and sincere,” Keys recalled. “I knew I wasn’t going to have her much longer and I started thinking about mortality a lot.”
“When I wrote this song, a lot of people thought it was about the love of a boyfriend or a man, but this was really about my love for her,” the songstress continued. “She taught me to cherish the moments and she also taught me that if things weren’t happening the way you thought they were supposed to happen, that was okay.”
Also in the episode, Keys is seen sitting around a piano (red, of course) while performing her 2012 hit “Girl on Fire”. She is joined by a multigenerational choir of background singers: Willow Smith, mom Jada Pinkett Smith and her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
Other highlights include Keys getting personal about her deepest struggles and insecurities, sharing revelations about her marriage to rapper Swizz Beatz and telling the fascinating true stories behind her hit songs.