Alicia Keys Recalls Seeking Prince's Approval, Sings as Adele on 'The Tonight Show'
The 'Voice' coach and host played "Wheel of Musical Impressions," with Keys and Fallon also showing off their takes on Gwen Stefani and The Pointer Sisters.
Last night, Alicia Keys appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the network’s 12th season of The Voice. The “Girl on Fire” singer became a coach in the previous season, and hopes to capture the title in her second stint.
During her appearance, Keys discussed covering Prince’s 1982 ballad “How Come U Don’t Call Anymore” for her debut album, Songs in A Minor. She recalled the nerve-racking phone call where she had to ask for the late rock legend’s approval.
After revisiting a clip from the reality competition’s season premiere, the host and singer had an entertaining segment of “Wheel of Musical Impressions." Keys first tried her hands at imitating her co-judge, Gwen Stefani, singing the nursery rhyme “Miss Mary Mack." Incorporating a few of Stefani’s signature vocal rifts, she broke out into the tune of her peer's biggest number one hit, “Hollaback Girl."
The wheel caught Fallon off-guard, with its request for The Pointer Sisters singing the State Farm jingle. The comedian quickly recovered in the tune of the funk trio’s top five 1984 classic, "Automatic" as he opted to sing in the lower register of Ruth Pointer, much to the delight of his guest.
That moment was followed up by Keys' "Adele" singing “The Alphabet Song." Although she didn’t quite capture the vocal prowess of the British belter, the audience enjoyed the sentiment of "Hello." The segment wrapped up with the show's host performing the "Meow Mix" as Elvis, and his joining in on the singer’s Janis Joplin take of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
Catch Alicia Keys on NBC’s The Voice on a special night, this Thursday, March 2 at 8/7c.
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