Global superstar Alicia Keys’ first-ever Holiday Masquerade Ball is set to stream exclusively on Apple Music in partnership with TikTok on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00p PST for a festive can’t miss Apple Music Live season finale. The 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winner’s epic one-night-only hometown performance at The United Palace in New York — packed with glitter and glamour to celebrate the holiday season — will be available to stream for Apple Music subscribers in over 165 countries at apple.co/aliciakeys-aml. For the first time ever, fans will also be able to tune in to the show on Apple Music’s TikTok page @AppleMusic.
Keys’ acclaimed new holiday album ‘Santa Baby’ — released last month exclusively on Apple Music in immersive Spatial Audio — debuted on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart upon release. The 11-track album features soulful, raw, and fresh reimaginations of holiday classics as well as four original songs, which Keys showcases during her Apple Music Live Holiday Masquerade Ball performance, in addition to a selection of fan favorites.
During the rousing performance, Keys is joined onstage by breakout singer-songwriter and 2022 TikTok Emerging Artist JVKE for a special rendition of his hit trending single "golden hour", which has generated more than 125k total creations on the platform. Later in the show, Academy Award-winning artist Jon Batiste joins Keys for a electric medley of covers which brings down the house, including Nina Simone‘s “Feeling Good” and Nat King Cole‘s “The Christmas Song”.
“This is THEE Holiday party of the season,” said Alicia Keys. “Im grateful to Apple Music and TikTok for helping me create a magic moment to showcase my first holiday album, in such a special way, for everyone around the world.”
“Alicia Keys is a global icon who never fails to deliver an unforgettable live show. We’re excited to welcome her to the Apple Music Live stage to kick off the holiday season and celebrate an incredible year in music,” said Ebro Darden, Apple Music’s Global Editorial Head of Hip Hop and R&B, who sat down with Keys for a new interview set to air on Apple Music 1 on Tuesday, December 20th to preview the performance.
Alicia Keys is one of the highest performing artists of all time globally on Apple Music, having reached the top of the Daily Top 100 in 42 countries with a staggering 13 of her tracks topping the US chart, including smash hits like “My Boo”, “Girl on Fire”, and “No One”. Her music has been featured across an array of popular Apple Music editorial playlists, including R&B Now, Easy Hits, and Slow Jam Essentials and she’s broken down her craft in multiple conversations on Apple Music 1 with hosts Ebro Darden and Zane Lowe. Keys has also embraced TikTok, amassing nearly 7M followers by sharing glimpses into her life both on and off the stage, Duetting fans, and jumping on trends - especially those inspired by her own music, like the #MyBooChallenge which has over 430M views on TikTok.
Apple Music Live gives the biggest stars in music a global platform to connect with audiences around the world and has previously featured exclusive live performances from Harry Styles, Lil Durk, Mary J. Blige, Luke Combs, Billie Eilish, and Wizkid.
Click HERE to access behind-the-scenes footage, setlist, and more exclusive content on the Shazam app after the show.