Alicia Keys praises Paterson teen Wé McDonald on amazing ‘The Voice’ performance

NBC's The VoiceMichael Muller/NBC, Chris Haston/NBC

After the excitement of the Olympics came to a close on Sunday, NBC gave viewers another surprise with a sneak peek of The Voice‘s forthcoming season. There’s a lot of girl power going around this season as multi-Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys and Billboard music charts dominator Miley Cyrus join Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches.

After watching the blind auditions, it’s clear there’s no shortage of talent in season 11. Wé Mcdonald, a 17-year-old from Paterson, blew everyone away when she performed an unforgettable rendition of Nina Simone‘s “Feeling Good” during her blind audition. Not only was she met with a roaring applause, but her talent caused all four coaches to turn their chairs around. Wé ultimately chose Alicia.

“You’re so beautiful, and you’re so perfectly yourself. I just feel so much inside of you and that’s what we need in music,” Alicia told Wé after she was picked to be her coach.

Wé McDonald performing on 'The Voice'Tyler Golden/NBC

Wé revealed she’s been dealing with bullies for years, which only caused the “In Common” singer to remind her that everyone is dealing with their own personal demons. She then encouraged her to find the beauty within herself. This is a part of the reasoning behind Alicia’s makeup free movement.

“I’m not playing. I’m not joking. I’m so serious, and I’m serious in a place in my heart,” Alicia said. “I was working on music, trying to figure out who I am… since I was 14 years old. I don’t want to be like anybody else. And I don’t want you to be like anybody else. You were born to show people what love sounds like.”

Watch her blind audition below:

The Voice full season 11 premiere airs Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on NBC. When it premieres, be sure to catch the coaches as they put on a special tribute performance to the show’s fallen star Christina Grimmie. The episode is dedicated to the tragic singer who was killed in June after a concert in Orlando.