After promising to go makeup free in an essay she wrote for Lena Dunham's newsletter, Lenny Letter, the 35-year-old singer/songwriter took to the VMAs stage looking bared-faced and beautiful.
"I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt," Keys recalled in her essay.
On the red carpet, the newest "The Voice" judge wore a red and black printed long-sleeve maxi dress, while her hair was up in braids.
In the video above, see Alicia's simple beauty look and her powerful tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 53rd anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech.
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