Alicia Keys and Jay-Z Electrify 2024 Tony Awards With Iconic 'Empire State of Mind' Performance

The rapper makes a surprise appearance at the Tony Awards, reuniting with the 'Girl on Fire' songstress to deliver a duet of their iconic anthem 'Empire State of Mind' after more than five years.

AceShowbiz - At the 2024 Tony Awards, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z delivered a stunning performance of their hit collaboration, "Empire State of Mind". The Tony-nominated musical "Hell's Kitchen", inspired by Keys' life, provided the backdrop for this electrifying moment.

Keys, a Hell's Kitchen native, emerged on stage on a piano and belted out the anthem alongside Maleah Joi Moon, who portrays a semi-autobiographical role in the musical. Keys then electrified the audience by exclaiming, "Are we in New York City tonight? Are we at the Tony Awards?"

As the crowd erupted in applause, Jay-Z appeared on a screen outside the theater, performing his rap from the lobby. Keys joined him outside, and together they brought the iconic track to a fever pitch.

"Empire State of Mind", released in 2009, has become synonymous with New York City and has sold over 9 million units worldwide. It has won two Grammy Awards and has inspired numerous covers and accolades.

Nicole Scherzinger and other celebrities in attendance couldn't contain their excitement as the duo took the stage. The performance not only celebrated Keys' hometown but also the energy and spirit of the city that has always been her muse.

"Empire State of Mind" features prominently in "Hell's Kitchen", which scored a record-breaking 13 Tony nominations this year. The musical explores Keys' early life and incorporates her hits along with new songs written specifically for the production.

Keys has been an active participant in the musical's development, expressing her gratitude and excitement for the recognition it has received. She has also praised the cast and creative team for bringing her vision to life.

The Tony Awards, hosted by Ariana DeBose and airing live on CBS and Paramount+, recognized Broadway's finest productions.

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