Alicia Keys says The Queen ‘personally’ requested ‘every song’ she performed at her Platinum Jubilee

Alicia Keys has defended her decision to perform Empire State Of Mind at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the UK on Saturday.

The song choice was met with backlash because the song is about New York City and she was performing it in England – at the Jubilee which marked the 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II.

However, 15-time Grammy winner, 41, claimed ‘every song was requested personally by the Queen.’

Are you sure? Alicia Keys has defended her decision to perform Empire State Of Mind at Platinum Jubilee Concert amid backlash – and insisted the Queen PERSONALLY requested the set list

Celebration: The No One hitmaker revealed The Queen requested she play her 2009 track Empire State of Mind - (pictured the day after the Jubilee)

Celebration: The No One hitmaker revealed The Queen requested she play her 2009 track Empire State of Mind – (pictured the day after the Jubilee)

In a recording taken behind the scenes, Alicia she can be heard gushing to her sons Egypt, 12, and seven-year-old Genesis ‘that the Queen requested the songs’ she would be singing at the Party at the Palace.

Her eldest responded that it was ‘pretty cool’ as they sat on a golf cart.

‘You can’t refuse the Queen. It’s against the law here,’ the preteen, who Keys shares with husband Swizz Beatz, quipped.

The No One hitmaker even revealed The Queen requested she play her 2009 track Empire State of Mind.

Making it work: Alicia did change the lyrics – as she sang 'Now you're in London' rather than 'Now you're in New York' at one point

Making it work: Alicia did change the lyrics – as she sang ‘Now you’re in London’ rather than ‘Now you’re in New York’ at one point

Sweet: Her eldest said it was 'pretty cool' The Queen knew his mom's music as they sat on a golf cart

Sweet: Her eldest said it was ‘pretty cool’ The Queen knew his mom’s music as they sat on a golf cart

'You can't refuse the Queen.  It's against the law here,' the preteen, who Keys shares with husband Swizz Beatz, quipped

‘You can’t refuse the Queen. It’s against the law here,’ the preteen, who Keys shares with husband Swizz Beatz, quipped

Alicia did change the lyrics – as she sang ‘Now you’re in London’ rather than ‘Now you’re in New York’ at one point.

The decision to perform the song was met with a mixed response from fans who tweeted:

‘Alicia keys did not just go “i love you london… when i’m in london… i feel like i’m in new york?” and then proceed to sing empire state of mind? queen of subtle transitions!’

‘Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind” at the jubilee concert. Why?’

Something to say: Fans have been wading into the debate on whether or not the song was an acceptable choice

Something to say: Fans have been wading into the debate on whether or not the song was an acceptable choice

‘Alicia Keys performing empire state of mind at the queen’s jubilee but changing any mention of “new york” to “london” is absolutely perfect.’

‘Watching last nights jubilee concert and why is alicia keys singing empire state of mind when she’s in London for the jubilee ffs like doesn’t really fit the occasion.’

Ahead of her big performance, she reflected on how she would be ‘playing with a 70-piece orchestra’ for the first time and the struggle to pick what to wear.

While trying on different looks, she had trouble choosing behind a gorgeous black cape dress or jumpsuit.

Before hitting the stage outside the palace, Keys said a prayer then went on to belt out Girl On Fire, Superwoman and more in front of a 22,000-strong crowd outside Buckingham Palace.

Fans across the pond: While reflecting on her setlist at the star-studded even in a new video, the 15-time Grammy winner, 41, marveled at how 'every song was requested personally by the Queen'

Fans across the pond: While reflecting on her setlist at the star-studded even in a new video, the 15-time Grammy winner, 41, marveled at how ‘every song was requested personally by the Queen’

Smiling: In the recording, she can be heard gushing about telling her boys 'that the Queen requested the songs' she would be sleeping at the Party at the Palace

Smiling: In the recording, she can be heard gushing about telling her boys ‘that the Queen requested the songs’ she would be sleeping at the Party at the Palace

So many looks to choose from: Ahead of her big performance, she reflected on how she would be 'playing with a 70-piece orchestra' for the first time and the struggle to pick what to wear

So many looks to choose from: Ahead of her big performance, she reflected on how she would be ‘playing with a 70-piece orchestra’ for the first time and the struggle to pick what to wear

Beautiful in both: While trying on different looks, she had trouble choosing behind a gorgeous black cape dress or jumpsuit

Beautiful in both: While trying on different looks, she had trouble choosing behind a gorgeous black cape dress or jumpsuit

At one point Alicia told the audience: ‘You know when I’m in London, I feel like I’m home. It reminds me so much of New York. I love you London’ – before playing a transition from the City Of Gods into Empire State Of Mind.

The hitmaker told the crowd: ‘If you believe in hope, this song is for you. We’re never going to let go of our dream.’

The singer’s performance was one amid many star-studded appearances at Saturday’s concert, with acts including Elton John, Queen, and Diana Ross.

Performance of a lifetime: At one point Alicia told the audience: 'You know when I'm in London, I feel like I'm home.  It reminds me so much of New York.  I love you London' - before playing a transition from the City Of Gods into Empire State Of Mind

Performance of a lifetime: At one point Alicia told the audience: ‘You know when I’m in London, I feel like I’m home. It reminds me so much of New York. I love you London’ – before playing a transition from the City Of Gods into Empire State Of Mind

Superwoman: The hitmaker told the crowd: 'If you believe in hope, this song is for you.  We're never going to let go of our dream'

Superwoman: The hitmaker told the crowd: ‘If you believe in hope, this song is for you. We’re never going to let go of our dream’

Memorable: The singer's performance was one amid many star-studded appearances at Saturday's concert, with acts including Elton John, Queen, and Diana Ross

Memorable: The singer’s performance was one amid many star-studded appearances at Saturday’s concert, with acts including Elton John, Queen, and Diana Ross

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