There was a ton of talent on display at this year’s Grammy Awards, but the most impressive feat may have been Alicia Keys playing two pianos at once. In addition to hosting the awards show, Keys also dazzled with a surprise performance in which she sat between two pianos and played one with each hand simultaneously.
Of course, this is no easy task and requires some serious skill. Keys’ stunning performance was in homage to pioneering jazz pianist Hazel Scott. It was also the most buzzed-about moment from the evening on Facebook, according to Billboard.
During her medley, Keys banged out parts of hit songs from a variety of genres and time periods, including “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole, “In My Feelings” by Drake and “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauren Hill. She also played one of the most famous songs from her own catalog, “Empire State of Mind.”
In case you didn’t catch it or just want to relive the magic, check out some snippets of her amazing performance in the clip posted to YouTube by Billboard:
Wow! Pretty incredible, isn’t it?
As host, Keys kicked off the show with a bang by bringing out four of her very famous friends: Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith. The group received thunderous applause as they all went on stage and took turns talking about the impact music has had on their lives.
Keys was thrilled that she had the opportunity to be a part of history by hosting the iconic awards show.
“I’m truly excited to be here hosting the Grammy Awards this year,” she said at a press conference before the show. “I feel like we are truly part of a celebration, bringing the light, bringing the energy and continuing to make the statement that music is such an important part of all of our lives. Sunday is going to absolutely reflect that light, that love. We feel this Grammys is going to be different and bigger and better than any other.”