Alicia Keys has a busy year ahead of her.

While sitting down with ET Canada’s Keshia Chante in Los Angeles, the 38-year-old singer opens about hosting the Grammy Awards for the second year in a row and supporting Taylor Swift as she continues to fight to own her own music.

“I love it. It’s very hard by the way,” she says of Swift. “Nobody’s going to encourage you to stand up for yourself. Especially those that are making money off of you. They don’t want you to rattle the boat, they don’t want you to make a scene, they don’t want you to make it a big deal.”

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Swift’s ongoing feud with Scooter Braun began over the summer, when the singer accused Braun of “bullying” her after he purchased her former label, Big Machine Records and her master recordings. The feud was taken to the next level when Swift claimed Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta was blocking her from performing a medley of her older hits at the AMAs, where she was presented with the Artist of the Decade award.

“I guarantee that for her to stand up the way she did was not an easy choice,” adds Keys. “I think it’s important because it shows that other people can do it, not hide under a rock.”

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On returning to the Grammy Awards as the show’s host, Keys reveals she never thought she would do it again.

“I figured like, one and done. But who would be crazy enough to compete with themselves?” she tells Chante. “I feel like now I know what the vibe is, I have a sense of the show, it’s not gonna seem so foreign, so i’m excited.”

Along with hosting the awards show, Keys is also getting ready to release her highly anticipated seventh studio album sometime in 2020.

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