Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tinie Performs With Alicia Keys

Camden's Roundhouse was the scene for a mix of stars, singing and some serious fundraising last night.

For the third time in three years, Key's hosted her Black Ball for her charity Keep A Child Alive, which raises money for children in Africa and India affected by HIV and AIDS. Keys was joined onstage by Paloma Faith, Tinie Tempah, Gossip's Beth Ditto, Spank Rock and Boy George, with musical direction by Mark Ronson. Those in the audience watching included Wretch 32, Chipmunk, Loick Essien, Ms. Dynamite, Jay Sean, Desperate Housewive's Jesse Metcalfe and Alicia's hubby, producer Swizz Beatz.

Particularly impressive was a performance from Beth Ditto whose soul/ gospel voice was jawdropping, while Boy George, who the day before turned 50, also sounded amazing. The highlight of course had to be watching Tinie and Keys perform 'Written In The Stars' - Tinie looked pretty darn happy to be sharing a stage with the soul star.

Check the clip below for some of the shows highlights, including 'Written...' and Key's 'Empire State Of Mind'.

Earlier in the evening a charity auction saw £177,00 raised for KACA; Tinie bid £24,000 on a portrait of Michael Jackson but was outbid. A man called Christian successfully bid £20,000 for a studio session with Mark Ronson.

Ultimately though the most importuner part of the night was raising awareness for Key's incredible charity. To donate click right here.

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