Alicia Keys has performed a show at the HOUSE OF COMMONS in LONDON (March 15), the first time in history a recording artist has played live in Parliament.
The singer, who won a clutch of Grammy Awards last month, performed at the request of Tottenham MP David Lammy.
Alicia Keys performed for two hours to journalists and local schoolchildren, who had won a competition. Lammy told BBC news that he hoped Alicia Keys would be an inspiration for his young constituents.
“I am delighted that young musicians in Tottenham will have the opportunity to hear such a world class artist personally. I saw Alicia Keys perform last year and thought she was the business. For me it is a pleasure to be able to sponsor an event of this kind.”
Stephen Hepburn MP, chairman of the newly formed All Party Music Group, worked with Lammy on putting on the show. It was Hepburn, Labour member for Jarrow, who approached the Speaker Of The House to ask permission for Alicia Keys to appear in the Atlee Room in Portcullis House. He told NME.COM this afternoon Alicia Keys performance was a first.
“I’m led to believe Shirley Bassey did blast out a few in the Strangers’ Bar a few years ago, but never has a recording artist put on a live show before.”
Hepburn, who intends the new Music Group to address issues relative to popular music in the UK, said he hoped it would be the first of many shows.