In an interview with iVillage, Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys talks about her new single Girl on Fire, the title of her fifth album which will be out in November. Alicia also opens up about her 2-year-old son Egypt and the importance of voting in the upcoming election.
On Egypt: “He’s the best collaboration I’ve ever done, he’s the best song I ever wrote, the best experience I’ve ever had, the best show I’ve ever performed. He’s the best everything.”
On being a “girl on fire” and what the song represents: “A girl on fire is somebody who is completely themselves…. You don’t have to be like anyone. All you have to do is be like yourself. Find your passion. I think my favorite part of the song is “she’s got feet on the ground and she’s burning it down. She’s got her head in the clouds and she’s not backing down.” She’s not backing down – for me that’s everything right now.”
On female inspirations: “[First Lady] Michelle Obama is definitely an inspiration for me. She’s the most graceful, intelligent, fierce, no-nonsense but still so kind hearted person. Maya Angelou is a big inspiration for me…she’s a magnificent person. Oprah…she’s the first person to show me that you don’t have to be a greedy jerk to be successful. You can be just as successful doing things that really do something for someone.”
On voting in the upcoming election: “[Not voting] is a huge cop out…. You don’t have the right to complain about anything if you’re not out there doing something to change it. I really believe it’s been taught to us in many ways…as women…. I forgive us for sometimes reverting into these positions of feeling like we’re powerless or no one is really listening to us, but we are not powerless. We are the most influential people on the planet. Women. We influence everyone…How many women in the world can’t take ownership of their lives, but we can. It’s our obligation to them to do that. So there is no excuse…I beg you. Go and vote.”
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