Alicia Keys Debuts New Song 'Raise a Man' After Hosting Grammys

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Alicia Keys speaks onstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. 

Hot off the heels of hosting Music’s Biggest Night, Alicia Keys low-key released a new song titled “Raise a Man.” The six-minute audio track was uploaded to her YouTube channel Sunday, following the 61st Grammy Awards broadcast.

This is Keys' first taste of new music in more than three years, when she put out her sixth studio album, Here.

The melodic track is piano-driven and features Keys harmonizing about the difficulties of relationships. From the highs and lows, the artist sings about a dependent partner and the struggle for acceptance.

One standout verse includes: “How am I supposed to pretend that I don’t want you the way that I do/ ‘Cause every time you’re around me, I feel virgin all again/ And every time you’re all around me, how can I renege, boy I just need your hand."

Singing over her keystrokes effortlessly, like her dual-piano performance from the Grammys, a violin is featured in the background.

Keys took to Instagram after hosting to announce the track, saying, “Tonight was such a musical night I decided to drop a new vibe & have some fun with y’all!!!”

The 15-time Grammy winner has been posting behind-the-scene photos on Instagram from the show. One includes her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, and one with singer Diana Ross, among other highlights from the ceremony.

Her most recent post has Swizz filming backstage as the new song plays aloud. Keys sings along and gives perspective to the track in the caption: “The energy I feel is electric ⚡️⚡️⚡️ We connected on another level! (check my story for this new vibeee) This song is about real love and the more we love each other, the more we lift each other up. I love the meaning of these lyrics. Dive in... what they mean to you???”

No official word yet if this is a stand-alone track or if It will be included on a new album.

Listen to the audio track below:


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