Alicia Keys

Fans of Alicia Keys now have a unique opportunity to get close to the singer. On December 1st for World AIDS Day, the Grammy award-winning singer took time out of her performance at the Nokia Theatre in New York’s Time Square to announce a contest to take five lucky fans with her to Africa. Keys plans to journey back to the motherland in 2010 on behalf of her Keep A Child Alive charity, which aims to help combat the AIDS virus on the heavily affected continent.

With the trip, Keys hopes to inspire others to want to make a difference, in the same way she was inspired during her first visit at the age of 19. That first trip “totally changed my life,” she has said. “I was able to see the great separation between have and have not,” Keys said. “I was able to see the incredible spirit of people. I was able to learn firsthand about the AIDS pandemic of Africa,” she told the Associated Press.

Fans can enter the contest via text message for a $5 fee (that will be donated to the Keep a Child Alive charity) or can enter for free online on the charity’s website,

Written by Shaira Brereton

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