Alicia Keys delivered a powerful message at the 2020 BET Awards.
The R&B songstress delivered an impassioned interpretation of her new single, “Perfect Way to Die,” during tonight’s annual awards ceremony. On Sunday (June 28), Keys took her performance outdoors with a poignant homage to the myriad Black civilians who lost their lives to racial injustice in recent years.
Keys, wearing an all-black outfit while performing at her piano in the open street, pushed through the emotionally-charged presentation in which she paid remembrance to the late George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and Michael Brown.
“Another dream lost/ Another king and queen lost/ Another broken promise they refuse to make right/ Oh, another night to live in fear/ Oh, another night that you're not here/ Another reason to get out there and fight,” Keys belts in the emotional anthem as a Memoriam display show images of the departed in the distance.
Speaking about “Perfect Way to Die,” the pianist explained on Twitter: “I have felt called by music like I never have before. I have been following its lead. It has led me to the song ‘A Perfect Way to Die’. The song title is so powerful and heartbreaking because WE are heartbroken by so many who have died unjustly.”
“Of course, there is NO perfect way to die,” she added. “That phrase doesn’t even make sense. Just like it doesn’t make sense that there are so many innocent lives that should not have been taken from us due to the destructive culture of police violence.”
Watch and listen to Alicia Keys’ powerful presentation above.