first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alicia Keys kicked off Grammy Award week with an award — and was serenaded with “Happy Birthday”The 15-time Grammy winner and her husband, Swizz Beatz, were both honoured Thursday with an honour from the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing. It was also Keys’ 37th birthday and media crews welcomed her on the red carpet with the traditional song.Keys felt the moment was surreal since she was being honoured on her birthday at the Grammys and in her hometown, walking distance from where she grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood.“I’m like, OK, they’re going to set up the Grammys, kick it off with my birthday. My husband and I (are being) honoured simultaneously in this most prestigious moment, and then we’re going to just keep going from there and it’s going to be a magnificent week. I do feel like this was made for me,” Keys said.Beatz said it doesn’t get much better than being honoured with your wife. He called the dual awards “a celebration of her life but also a celebration of our life as creatives.”Keys’ hits include “Girl On Fire,” ”Fallin,’” “No One,” ”A Woman’s Worth” and “Superwoman,” many of which salute strong women. TV personality Gayle King came to honour Keys and said many of her songs are especially relevant.“Alicia Keys is very good when it comes to doing women anthems,” King said. “She is a walking talking example of what a woman in power should be. She does that every single day. She walks the walk and she talks the talk.”___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeason by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2018 9:16 am PDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alicia Keys kicks off Grammy week with a birthday partycenter_img FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2012 file photo, Alicia Keys performs at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Davis’ gala, held a day before the 2018 Grammy Awards, launched the careers of Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys, and have featured all-stars like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Smokey Robinson and Carly Simon. He first held the gala 42 years ago. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File) last_img