Alicia Keys Talks 'Obama's On Fire' Performance: "I Wanted It To Be Unique" - Video

25 January 2013, 10:43

The 'Girl On Fire' star says she felt "proud" to help Barack Obama celebrate his inauguration.

Alicia Keys says she wanted to do something "special" and "unique" by performing 'Obama's On Fire' at the US President's inauguration ceremony earlier this week.

The 'New Day' singer spoke exclusively to Capital FM about her much talked about performance at the Washington DC event this week, which saw her rework the lyrics of her song 'Girl On Fire' in honour of Barack Obama's second term in office. 

"Yeah that was just me being silly because I like to have fun like that and also it was just me on the piano so I wanted to do something kind of special, unique and just have a good time," Alicia told Capital, when asked where the idea came from. "I mean, it's a festive environment, it's a really incredible moment so I just figured this would be cute.

"They told me they're going to play it everyday as the President rises," Alicia joked, when asked if the President had enjoyed her rendition. "No, I'm kidding, I don't know, but I like it!"

Check out a picture of Alicia Keys performing at the inauguration ceremony this week below (Credit: Getty):

The 'Empire State Of Mind' singer went on to say she felt immensely proud to be given the chance to perform at the event, and looks forward to another "really great, progressive four years" for Obama's new term as the US President.

"It was incredible, just a really proud moment to be a part of a really historic time in America, and what I look forward to being another really great, progressive four years," the singer explained. "It was a big celebration I think, the whole city, the energy was outrageous and I was able to perform at all three inaugural balls. 

"Just give some love and excitement to a new day, that it is," Alicia added.

Watch Alicia Keys talking exclusively to Capital FM about her performance of 'Obama's On Fire' below:

Alicia also spoke out about the controversy surrounding Beyonce's supposed lip sync of the US National Anthem during Monday's (21st January) event, defending the US star and saying she delivered the song "really beautifully".

Alicia Keys is due to kick off a new UK arena tour this coming May.

You can hear Alicia Keys in the studio with Max on Capital FM this Sunday (27th January) from 7pm.

View Capital's chat with Alicia Keys about performing at US President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony below:

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