Alicia Keys watches history – and makes some of her own – in Washington, D.C., by attending the Inauguration and performing at three balls. The artist, whose album Girl on Fire debuted at No. 1, shares her exclusive photos with PEOPLE
"Getting ready for the first of THREE inaugural balls and feeling grand!!! Can't wait! ;-)" the singer says before making her way to the festivities, where she performed "Obama's on Fire," a riff on her latest hit, "Girl on Fire."
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"Time to shine tonight," she says of her array of bling – earrings, cuffs, necklaces and rhinestone-studded Christian Louboutins – while getting ready for the inaugural ball.
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RED-Y TO ROCK
Looking radiant in a backless red matte jersey Michael Kors gown, the singer teases, "The dress; what do you think? ;-)" She gets our vote!
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STRIKE A POSE
"Ha! Couldn't resist this!" says the 14-time Grammy winner, seen at her Sunday night sound check for her three inaugural ball performances on Monday.
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"Cookies on the nightstand!" laughs Keys, who received the treats the night before Barack Obama's swearing in.
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BRAND NEW DAY
"Rise and shine!" says Keys, getting lipstick-ready on Monday. "Excited to start the day!
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HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN
"So proud to be a part of President Obama's second inauguration," says the singer, showing off her passes to the big event.
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ON OUR WAY
"Ready to head to the National Mall!" says Keys, who is joined by husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, 2. "Such an incredible day for our children."
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FIRST FAMILY TIES
"Excited to share this incredible day with our son," says the superstar of this family portrait.
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WHO'S THAT MASKED MAN?
She's seeing double! "Look who we ran into on the way to the parade!" laughs Keys.
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"Such a powerful image!" Keys says of this picture she took of the Washington Monument. "I believe in our future!"
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"I'm gonna ride out in one of these to hit the inaugural balls!" says Keys.