Alicia Keys Did the Most Woke Intro to Present the Best Male Video At the VMAs

"Keep yourself locked in."

Alicia Keys is truly beautiful inside and out.

Before presenting the award for Best Male Video, a bare-faced Alicia acknowledged the 53rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech.” It was only right that Keys made sure to keep the message alive.

The singer/songwriter shared a poem urging all to remember that men and women alike are equal in light of the world’s recent events. The new Voice judge shared, “if war is holy and sex is obscene then we have it twisted in this lucid dream” and that as a society we are “schooled and sinned divided by different sexuality and skin.” This message is directly aligned with the 35-year-old’s recent announcement in Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter in May to go make-up free during public appearances. In the letter she stated:

Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked. All of it is so frustrating and so freakin’ impossible.

Oh, by the way. Congrats are in order to Calvin Harris for scooping up the Best Male Video award.

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