Alicia Keys and Her Husband Swizz Beatz Receives Honorees
BY SUSAN JOHNES
On Monday night, the 3rd of April, the Brooklyn Museum held its seventh annual artist award. The luxurious event included a seated dinner reception honoring Alicia Keys and museum trustee Swizz Beatz, Key’s husband.
The annual Brooklyn Museum event drew a crowd of more than 1200 people from the world of arts, entertainment, and finance. The occasion is the museum’s biggest fundraiser, bringing in more than $1.7 million for the institution.
The Girl on Fire singer, age 36, wed her husband Swizz in 2010 and they share two children. The evening event began with cocktails in the Museum’s lobby. Guests later made their way up to the sold-out dinner in the Beaux-Arts Court.
Museum Director, Pasternak gave a remarkable speech about the honoree’s achievements. He cited Kasseem’s visionary scope of music and the support of artists through The Dean Collection. The director further recommended Alicia’s commitment to nurturing healthy communities and providing creative mentorship.
Then Alicia and Kasseem went to the stage and thanked the Brooklyn Museum for the honor, stating that it was the first time they had been celebrated together.
Alicia Keys, who was honored for her drive of nurturing communities and providing creative mentorships, accepted the award and praised the essential role of art in the contemporary world.
After dinner, guests headed to a dance party with music played by DJ Runna and co-honoree Kasseem. People swarmed the floor and danced to the 90s hip hop.
Alicia Key’s has released albums that are a mixture of favorite genre songs and piano ballads, with occasional attention to marriage and motherhood. The financial performances have brought her moderate success in the industry.
Her major work was the debut album, ‘Songs in A Minor’ which established her as a rising superstar in the musical industry. It sold over 230,000 copies in the first week of release and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, winning her several awards and accolades.
Her estimated net worth is $130 million. Besides music, Alicia Keys has engaged in philanthropic roles. She is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of an NGO called “Keep a Child Alive,” that supplies medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa.
The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter also perform occasionally in charity concerts to raise funds for humanitarian causes.
On January 22, 2017, a day after Trump’s presidential inauguration, Alicia Keys participated in the Women’s March on Washington DC, in the demonstration for the support of women’s rights and equality.