From Rolling Stone:


No one could ever accuse Alicia Keys of skimping on star power for her annual Black Ball, a benefit for her Keep a Child Alive Foundation. Last night's event at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom was particularly noteworthy for the unexpected collaborations Keys orchestrated for an evening of tributes to the late George Harrison's musical and philanthropic legacy. The concert – which raised $3 million for AIDS treatment and care in India and Africa – had an elaborate Indian motif, the normally beer-stained boards of the venue replaced with thick carpeting and gilded dinner tables. The ambiance paid tribute to Harrison's pioneering leadership of the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, the first large-scale rock & roll benefit concert.

Indian fusion musicians Midival Punditz and Indian-American electronic composer Karsh Kale opened the set with a sprawling jam on Harrison's track "Within You Without You" (off the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and one of the first explorations of the Eastern influences that would define his career). They were replaced swiftly with Keys and British rapper JAY SEAN sharing Harrison's hit ballad "Something" (off Abbey Road), revising it as a sultry and melismatic R&B duet.


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From Rap Up:


Alicia Keys was the belle of the ball at the 8th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Thursday evening (Nov. 3). The Grammy-winning songstress, who co-founded the non-profit organization, shimmered in a gold top, cream-colored blazer, and gold pointy-toe heels as she posed on the red carpet with her husband Swizz Beatz, who looked sharp in an all-black tux. "I am overwhelmed by the kindness I witnessed last night at the eighth annual Black Ball NY," said Keys, who raised over $3 million for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in India and Africa. "I am forever grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity will provide AIDS treatment and care for so many in desperate need." Queen Latifah, Tyra Banks, Gayle King, Kerry Washington, Carmelo Anthony, and La La Vazquez were among the stars who dressed up to honor the spiritual, musical, and philanthropic legacy of the late George Harrison. Guests were treated to performances by Usher, Norah Jones,, JAY SEAN, and more. The "Fallin'" singer joined Usher and Richie Sambora on The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun" and closed the night by singing "I Gotta Feeling" with, as her mother and brother danced onstage.


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From USA Today:


Red Carpet Report: Keep a Child Alive's 8th annual Black Ball

Where: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City

When: Thursday night

Guest list:Alicia Keys, Usher,, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Richie Sambora, Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Common, Swizz Beatz, Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vasquez, Mekhi Phifer, David Arquette, Richie Sambora, Gayle King, Harvey Weinstein, Clive Davis, JAY SEAN, Chanel Iman, Gary Clark Jr., Janina Gavankar, and more.


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