The host of this year's Grammy Awards made a grand entrance in a gorgeous red dress

By Jackie Fields
February 10, 2019 07:12 PM
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The host with the most!

Before gracing the stage as host of this year’s Grammy Awards, Alicia Keys lit up the red carpet in a bold and beautiful red gown accessorized with a Bulgari necklace, earrings and ring (on her right hand).

Speaking to PEOPLE ahead of her big night, the 37-year-old singer shared that she was “feeling” a “colorful” look.

Another outfit requisite? Keys’s ensemble had to feel “effortless.”

“There’s definitely an elegance, but, the worst thing is standing there and wanting to have a good time but worrying that your boob is going to fall out! I don’t want that. I want to be beautiful, but also feel totally calm, confident, powerful and empowered to be completely in my moment.”

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The singer, who’s worn everything from embellished sneakers to jeans to the Grammys over the years, says getting dressed for any big event is all about staying true to yourself.

“Fashion is such a representation of your energy, your own personal style and your expression of art.”

Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full Grammys coverage to get the latest news on music’s biggest night.

The singer paired the outfit with a minimal makeup. Her pro Dotti combined Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Makeup in Walnut and Deep Maple with Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil. Next, she created a soft glow using a mixture of Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Sticks in Peach Pond and Peony Pool. Lastly, she gave her décolletage a subtle gleam with Sol de Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil.

It’s no surprise Keys went with a barely there beauty look, having stated in 2016 that she didn’t want to “cover up” with makeup anymore.

Since then the “Girl on Fire” has been spotted on red carpets seemingly makeup-free – and says that sentiment is here to stay.

“I don’t feel the desire to go back to the way that I used to do that where it was like ultra, uber heavy,” explains Keys.

“I feel like it’s definitely going to be a lot of fresh skin it’s going to be clean and easy and effortless but, who knows? I want to express myself – and that’s what it’s all about.”

On her nails, manicurist Dawn Sterling applied Essie Gel Couture in “Of Corset,” a sheer beige, with a glossy top coat.

Keys kicked off her big day with a little meditation.

“This is how I start most of my mornings off— in grounding and gratitude and asking for clarity.
Envisioning the day and putting light around it.

Today more than ever I wanted to share the energy I prayed for and called for all of us to feel.

So just know your day is surrounded by love, light and greatness!!! I called on it for all of us… Here’s to the best day of our lives so far,” she wrote on Instagram.

Later, she gave fans a glimpse of her backstage hang.

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“We’re at the GRAMMYs y’all,” she exclaimed. “I CAN’T WAIT to hit that stage with my lovely fam in mind:purple_heart: I even saw y’all started a cute hashtag called #TheGramKeys:hugging_face: Keep vibing and showing support for not just me but for one another tonight under the hashtag! I’ll be checking in during breaks”

This first hosting gig is a huge for the musician, who made her debut at the Grammys 17 years ago.

“That particular experience is so seared into my brain,” Keys recalls of the 2002 event, where she was nominated for six awards. Despite being sick that evening, everything felt “unreal.”

Keys will be the first woman in 14 years to host the show – and will likely have another unreal experience, if her excitement for the night is any indication.

“I’m soooo EXCITED,” Keys said on YouTube. “There’s so much in store and I CAN’T WAIT for y’all to see it ALL come to life.”

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.