Alicia Keys Stands Up for the ‘Underdog’ in New Video
The accompanying visual shows Keys and her posse encouraging underdogs to “rise up.” It focuses on a man selling CDs on the side of the road and a girl in a hijab going to prom with her friends.
“Some people may think of the word underdog as a negative word, but I see it as a powerful word representing people who may be underestimated and yet still rise to the challenge and exceed expectations,” Keys said in a statement. “I love this song so much because it’s about real life and real people and our experiences. We’ve all been in a place in our lives where we’ve had to defy the odds. It’s never easy. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is, ‘They say I would never make it but I was built to break the mold.’ I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that hasn’t felt that way.”
Keys is also set to host the Grammy Awards for the second year in a row on January 26th. Her book, More Myself, will be released March 31st.