Here's What Alicia Keys Had To Say Following Backlash Of Her Performance Of "Empire State Of Mind" At The Platinum Jubilee Concert

    "You can’t refuse the Queen."

    It turns out that Alicia Keys had a pretty good reason for her set list choices at Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee concert.

    A closeup of Alicia

    Over the weekend, Alicia took the stage in front of Buckingham Palace — and one of her song choices sparked some backlash.

    Alicia sits at her piano in front of the palace

    Quite a few viewers seemed to question why Alicia performed the New York anthem, "Empire State of Mind," while in the middle of London celebrating the Queen.

    A closeup of Alicia singing at the piano

    On social media, fans poked fun at the choice and shared their confusion about the whole thing:

    absurdly funny to me that they got Alicia Keys to perform Empire State of Mind during a celebration of English monarchy. happy Jubilee, here’s a song about that colony you lost

    @taybewell / Via Twitter: @taybewell

    Call me old fashioned, but why is Alicia Keys singing about NY when she is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in LONDON?

    @HonestInjin / Via Twitter: @HonestInjin

    alicia keys did not just go "i love you london... when i'm in london... i feel like i'm in new york?" and then proceed to sing empire state of mind? queen of subtle transitions!

    @HarryPhillips15 / Via Twitter: @HarryPhillips15

    im sorry but watching alicia keys remix empire state of mind at the queen’s jubilee to say “in londonnnn, concrete jungles where dreams are made of” ???? concrete WHAT? 😭😭

    @jennyfuur / Via Twitter: @jennyfuur

    And while it may not have been some people's first choice from Alicia's discography, it was actually hand-picked by the queen.

    Alicia smiles while meeting the Queen at an earlier time

    In a behind-the-scenes video from the event, Alicia revealed that her entire set list was "personally" selected by the queen, despite the fact that she wasn't in attendance.

    "Telling the boys that the queen requested the songs that I'm singing," Alicia said in the clip while sitting with her sons, adding, "They were like, 'You can't refuse the queen.'"

    Alicia sits on the back of a golf cart with her two sons

    Alicia's 11-year-old son, Egypt, even piped in, saying, "You can't refuse the queen. It's against the law here."

    Alicia sits on the back of a golf cart with her two sons

    So while "Empire State of Mind" may not have been everyone's cup of tea, it's a personal fav of the queen, herself.

    close up of the queen smiling

    And that's definitely reason enough to give New York a shout out in the middle of England!