Alicia Keys has touched many with her moving performance at 2020 BET Awards. Taking part in the prizegiving event that was held virtually in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday night, June 28, the “Girl on Fire” singer delivered an emotional rendition of her new song “Perfect Way to Die”.
Paying tributes to those tragically killed in police brutality, the 39-year-old sang the heartbreaking song while sitting behind a grand piano in the middle of an empty city street. Halfway through her performance, a portrait of 28-year-old Sandra Bland was highlighted in the background. Her performance ended as camera panned out to show names of innocent victims chalked on the street.
Alicia’s performance was introduced by host Amanda Seales. “Whether it’s spiritual, or the blues, jazz, or hip-hop, music has always been the voice of the black experience. It speaks to our resilience, our resistance, and even in the messiest of circumstances we find melody,” she stated. “Tonight, as we revel in black music, we must also honor the lives of those who have brought us to this moment of consciousness.”
Days prior to this performance, Alicia explained in an Instagram post, “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. That phrase doesn’t even make sense.” She added, “I hope this speaks to you. I hope one day this song won’t be so relevant. Let’s NEVER stop fighting for justice.”