Back in 2003, Alicia Keys started holding her Black Ball, a star-studded annual charity concert to raise money for her charity Keep a Child Alive, which helps children and families affected by HIV. Thursday night in NYC , she celebrated the 10th anniversary of the event with a host of stars from the world of music, movies, TV and sports. On the red carpet, she told reporters that marking a decade’s worth of Black Balls is “surely one of her proudest moments.”
Alicia, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Swizz Beatz, and their adorable son Egypt, said she was proud “to be able to be here and to have reached 10 years and to continue the work that we’re doing, but also to see such a great transformation in so many children’s lives who wouldn’t have lived past two years old, and now they’re 12!” She added, “It’s really powerful and incredible to see what a group of people can do together.”
“We’ve now been able to serve 300,000 people over the ten years, and that’s a spectacular thing,” she continued. “And I think this celebration is about how we’re gonna move forward… AIDS is not gonna be our legacy.”
Black Ball was scheduled to feature Alicia performing with Carole King, Pharrell Willams, Roy Ayers, Laura Mvula and Kathleen Battle. “I’m happy to be here and to be a part of it, but more importantly, I just love that she puts her energy where her mouth is, and leads [by] example,” Pharrell said of Alicia on the red carpet. “That’s what giving back to the universe has given us — so much…I mean look at this! We’re all thankful and happy to be here.”
Many stars showed up to lend Alicia support:: LaLa Anthony, Padma Lakshmi, Tommy Hilfiger, Grant Hill, Gayle King, DJ Cassidy, Anthony Mackie, Rachel Crow and Zendaya and more.