08/29/2016 01:31 EDT | Updated 08/29/2016 01:59 EDT

Alicia Keys Is Keeping True To Her #NoMakeup Pledge At The 2016 MTV VMAs

Keeping true to her #NoMakeup pledge.

Unlike most of the stars who graced the 2016 MTV Video Music Award stage, Alicia Keys didn't wear a hint of makeup, proving she's keeping true to her #NoMakeup pledge.

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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