Best of 2016: Alicia Keys Nominates 'Between the World and Me'

Best of 2016: Alicia Keys Nominates 'Between the World and Me'

As the year comes to a close, we asked our contributors to give their nominations for the best of 2016. Here, V104 cover star Alicia Keys on why Ta-Nehisi Coates's critically acclaimed book was so influential.

As the year comes to a close, we asked our contributors to give their nominations for the best of 2016. Here, V104 cover star Alicia Keys on why Ta-Nehisi Coates's critically acclaimed book was so influential.

Between the World and Me was such a beautiful, honest, real, gorgeous account of life today. Ta-Nehisi Coates really inspired me a lot and especially in regards to the music I’ve created. [Coates’s] direct, brutal, honesty has been a theme [for the album], and I’ve been looking for it and exploring it everywhere around me. I just pull it out of myself and have learned not to shy away from that, not to be afraid to be vulnerable, not to be afraid of being “weak.” I think those who can allow themselves to be weak are the strongest people—I think that’s really powerful.

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