Alicia Keys Makes Black Ball Count and Raises Over $3 Million for AIDS in Africa

Alicia Keys and Swizz BeatsRed Carpet Report: Keep a Child Alive’s 8th annual Black Ball

Where: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City

When: Thursday night

Pictured: Alicia Keys and her music producer husband Swizz Beatz hug it out on the red carpet at the Keep A Child Alive’s 8th annual Black Ball in New York Thursday.

Guest list: Alicia Keys, Usher,, Serena Williams, Kerry Washington, Richie Sambora, Padma Lakshmi, Tyra Banks, Common, Swizz Beatz, Carmelo Anthony, Lala Vasquez, Mekhi Phifer, David Arquette, Richie Sambora, Gayle King, Harvey Weinstein, Clive Davis, Jay Sean, Chanel Iman, Gary Clark Jr., Janina Gavankar, and more.

Alicia’s big night: Eight years of spearheading her own foundation has served up hard lessons for Keys, who was reflective on the red carpet. “I’ve learned that it’s never easy to do something like this,” she said. “Every year there’s a moment when it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, how are we going to pull it off?'”said the singer, whose fifth album is due next year. “But I’ve also learned that you have to have faith. When you do something with purpose and meaning, it will come through.” The event raised $3 million for AIDs treatment in Africa and India.

Famous friends: Many of Keys’ famous friends were on hand to ensure the evening went on without a hitch. The night included performances by Keys , Usher,, Jay Sean, Clark, Norah Jones and Sambora. Keys also wrangled a wide array of celeb experiences for the live auction, including prime tennis seats in Williams’ family box during the U.S. Open, a dinner party for 10 with Naomi Watts and Edward Norton and an America’s Next Top Model makeover experience with Banks.

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Source: Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY

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