Where: The MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Why: Keys stepped out for the first time in her newly cropped cut.  Short hair serves her well!

The dramatic love song comes on the heels of "Girl on Fire."

Essence.com
Sep, 10, 2012

Alicia Keys is surely on fire these days. Over the weekend, the songwriter and performer released an artistic lyric video to her new song, "Not Even a King." It's said to be from her upcoming album, Girl on Fire.

Keys first performed the single at the MTV Upfronts back in April and again over the summer before performing it live on national television on Friday's Stand Up to Cancer telethon.

With Basquiat references and artistic touches throughout, the lyric video is unique in itself and isn't like anything we've seen from Keys in recent memory.

What do you think of Alicia Keys' new ballad, "Not Even a King"?