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Saturday 31 January 2015

Alicia Keys honours Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was honoured at Alicia Key's Black Ball in New York (AP)
Oprah Winfrey was honoured at Alicia Key's Black Ball in New York (AP)

Alicia Keys raised more than a million US dollars (£623,000) for her charity while honouring Oprah Winfrey for her humanitarian efforts at an event in New York on Thursday night.

Alicia's Keep A Child Alive charity celebrated its annual Black Ball - dubbed Black Ball Redux - at the Apollo Theatre. The RnB singer performed alongside Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Hudson, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Angelique Kidjo, who was also honoured.

Alicia raised about 1.3 million US dollars (£809,000) from pledges and auctions. A million dollars came from billionaire Stewart Rahr.

Keep A Child Alive assists those affected by HIV/Aids in Africa and India. Oprah launched the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in neighbouring South Africa in 2007. She says she was honoured to receive an award from Alicia, and that it confirms she's "moving in the right direction".

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