Englewood-based Alicia Keys will be one of the judges on Season 11 of singing competition show The Voice, along with Miley Cyrus, when it airs in September, replacing Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani (Adam Levin and Blake Shelton will remain as the other two judges). Of this new entertainment venture, Alicia told OK! Magazine, as reported by Contactmusic, “I just felt like, how incredible to be the first black woman musician to share the things I’ve learned, to help shape people’s thoughts, lives, potentials. To me, that’s a pretty cool gig!”
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For her part, Miley is excited to be a judge and, while confident in her team’s prospects, she also wished Alicia well when she discussed The Voice on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Referring to the lyric “If you can love somebody like me, you must be messed up too” from her song “In Common,” which she performed at Sunday night’s 2016 BET Awards, Alicia said, “I do (think we’re all messed up to some extent). That is exactly the point. I’m comfortable with the fact that we’re all works in progress; we’re all trying to figure out how to get better and what we have to fix. (I mess up) all the time! It’s always a learning and growing experience.”
Alicia also affirmed that she marches to the beat of her own drummer. “I finally became fed up with anything else than who I really am. Because a lot of times I was trying to make people feel comfortable, to not offend them – and there’s nothing wrong with that, but you have to be connected to your feelings (too),” she said.