NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Alicia Keys attends the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers Wing presents 11th Annual Grammy Week event honoring Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz at The Rainbow Room on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Manny Carabel/Getty Images)
Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Count New York natives Alicia Keys and husband Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean among the artists who are elated to see the 60th annual Grammy Awards return to New York after a 15-year absence.
“It’s feeling electric,” Keys said Thursday night at the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Center. “It’s feeling like classic New York. I’m feeling like we’re regenerating a scene that happened in New York that maybe felt like it disappeared a little, but New York is fully alive and this is a culmination of it.”
The affectionate pair was asked to share each other’s strengths.
“Hers is everything I can’t do,” Dean said. “Original, timeless compositions. In music, a lot of people can be OK with music that’s right now, but if you listen to Alicia’s songs, they’re timeless compositions. Even if she did it in 2000, the message stands strong.”
As for her husband, who has produced artists including Kanye West, Beyonce and T.I., Keys said, “His is this kind of electric, kinetic energy. When he produces and writes, he’s able to access something happening in the moment, so everything feels very spontaneous and right now. I think that’s why his music has the energy it does.”