The Black Ball!! Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive Celebrates 11th Anniversary

aliciakeysAlicia was the belle of the ball at her annual gala to raise money for her Keep a Child Alive org that provides HIV treatments and support services to families affected in Africa.

How adorbz is the cute PDA between Alicia and Swizz on the black carpet?

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Diddy and Alicia’s hubby Swizz Beatz co-hosted the event held at the Hammerstein Ballroom,in NYC last night.

Diddy and Swizz Beatz (don’t they look like dapper dons?) brought out Kanye West to introduce participants at the Black Ball’s opening.

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Madge cuddled with the guest of honor at the fundraiser and took selfies with Mr. West.

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The event drew in leggy beauties Joan Smalls, Alek Wek and Selita Ebanks, making it a model affair. And where there are models…

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…that’s where music mogul Russell Simmons’ will be. Joined by niece Angela Simmons and Lala Anthony, Russell took video of Diddy and Nas rocking the stage with “You Can Hate Me Now.”

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But it looks like the real showstopper was  Alicia’s performance of  “Empire State,” seeing how they were in the Big Apple.

And backed up Nas for his “If I Ruled the World” performance at the ball.

Rounding out the ball bashers are Estelle and “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi.

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And living legend Aretha Franklin graced A.K with her presence.

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No official word on how much the affair raised, but got a very generous donation of $200K during the night. If I was a betting woman I’d say they took in at least $1 or $2 milly for the cause.

Good work, Ms. Keys. I’m sure the preggo glow worked wonders on those with deep pockets.

Alicia Keys Celebrates Keep A Child Alive 10 Year Anniversary

"I'm in awe of how Keep a Child Alive has been saving lives for 10 years!! One of the most important fights of our lives!! Looking forward to this triumphant night of celebration!!" #KCABlackBall  Photo Courtesy: Alicia Key's Facebook page

“I’m in awe of how Keep a Child Alive has been saving lives for 10 years!! One of the most important fights of our lives!! Looking forward to this triumphant night of celebration!!” #KCABlackBall
Photo Courtesy: Alicia Key’s Facebook page

Last night A.K. literally was THE girl on fire rocking an asymmetrical fire-engine red gown to the 10th anniversary of the Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in New York. The annual event raises millions for her charity that uses the money for medicine, care and support to children living with H.I.V and AIDS in Africa and India.

Of course Swiss Beatz and Egypt were there to support.

Photo Credit: Swizz Beatzz IG

Photo Credit: Swizz Beatzz IG

Along with Pharrell Williams, who no doubt slaughtered the stage with Ms. Keys.

Photo Credit: Swizz Beatz IG

Photo Credit: Swizz Beatz IG

And this backstage pass of Alicia and famed singer/songwriter Carole King rehearsing for the Black Ball is epic.

"Learning from one of the greatest that's ever done it!!! Pinch me!  w/ Carole King at #KCABlackBall rehearsal!"  Photo Credit: Alicia Keys Facebook

“Learning from one of the greatest that’s ever done it!!! Pinch me! w/ Carole King at #KCABlackBall rehearsal!”
Photo Credit: Alicia Keys Facebook     

According to the charity, Keep A Child alive has raised over $36 million dollars with their events and helped over 300,000 people with their services.

This past summer, the “Brand New Me” singer took her message of getting tested for H.I.V stateside. She visited Harlem Hospital in August to hear stories from those who are H.I.V positive and get tested herself, alongside Congressman Charlie Rangel. Check the video below.

And to see highlights from Alicia’s Keep A Child Alive charity click here.