Alicia Keys Gets 'Unplugged'

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

MTV brings back 'Unplugged' for Keys

Alicia Keys will be performing on MTV's Unplugged, and the show is scheduled to air on September 23rd.

Finally. MTV these days has become less Music television and more about inane reality shows over the last few years. It's gotten to the point that I rarely bother to turn it on at all because there are far better places to see videos or hear the lastest music. Unplugged was always one of MTV's best original series, but the problem is that if an artist performs on Unplugged they had better be good because there's nothing to mask any flaws in their performance.

MTV hasn't aired a new Unplugged episode since 2002, and I think that's due in large part to the fact that most of today's popular singers sound perfectly awful without studio magic. Alicia Keys is blessed with a great voice and has worked hard to be a good piano player, so she's an ideal choice for a new episode.

I'm not the first to complain about MTV's lack of music, and there's no doubt that I won't be the last. The reality is that it has forgotten its roots, and hopefully Alicia's Unplugged will be enough of a success to resurrect the series. It would be a long overdue return to what made MTV successful in the first place.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed...


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