Alicia Keys On Lack Of Female Representation In Music: ‘It’s Obvious S**t Is Upside Down’

Expect Alicia Keys to represent her women with pride at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

Keys covers Billboard‘s 2020 Grammy Nominations Guide — apt considering she will host the awards ceremony. Keys, 38, touches on her goals as M.C.

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Alicia Keys. Photo: Miller Mobley
Alicia Keys. Photo: Miller Mobley

I wanted to create this lovefest where we could celebrate each other’s greatness and just have fun,” Keys says. “We’re all trying to make our way through a very chaotic time, and we all just need a little celebration — to feel like we’re with friends, like somebody actually cares.”

She also reveals how she plans to tackle the inequality of female representation in the music industry: “It’s obvious s**t is upside down. There’s not enough balance of power.

“With a woman like Deborah [Dugan] in a leadership position — that is obviously necessary. [Hosting] felt right for me, because I knew that a lot of women were nominated and that it was really about the women for the show.”

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Alicia Keys. Photo: Miller Mobley
Alicia Keys. Photo: Miller Mobley

To that end, expect Keys to make sure the Grammys ceremony is moving on with the times.

“If we’re not all growing and evolving, then pack it up, because what’s the point?” she exclaims.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2020.

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