Watch Alicia Keys' Emotional Tribute to Her Mother on VH1's 'Dear Mama'

  /  05.05.2016

Alicia Keys celebrates her mama. On Mother’s Day, VH1 is set to air its special “Dear Mama,” where the “In Common” songstress will pay tribute to her mother with a performance of her 2003 single, “If I Ain’t Got You.”

In the emotional teaser, Alicia fights back tears while thanking her mother, Terria Joseph, for helping her hone her skills on the piano at a young age.

“She found me a piano teacher and she found the money to pay for it and she found even a piano,” says Keys, who is a mother to her own two sons, Egypt and Genesis. “Who can fit a piano in a one bedroom apartment?”

Then the singer, who is set to perform on “SNL” this weekend, changed the words to her Diary of Alicia Keys single to reflect the program’s Mother’s Day theme. “Some people want it all, but I don’t want nothing at all,” she sings. “If it ain’t you, mama. If I ain’t got you, mama.”

Grab some tissues and watch the heartfelt tribute below.

During the show, Will Smith also honored his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith, along with their children Willow, Jaden, and Trey. Meanwhile, Rita Ora, Queen Latifah, and Alessia Cara paid tribute to their moms.

The program also featured an appearance from Hillary Clinton, who introduced Lucy McBath. The mother of Jordan Davis, a teenager who was shot and killed during an argument over loud music in 2012, McBath is now working as the Faith and Outreach Leader for Everytown for Gun Safety.

Watch another preview of the show, this one of Queen Latifah and her mother getting “mushy,” below and get ready for the airing of “Dear Mama” on Sunday, May 8, at 9 p.m. ET on VH1.


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