06:03 PM EDT 01/10/2014
Originally posted 01/09/2014 04:45PM
Every year, the Recording Academy chooses a recipient for its annual MusiCares Person of the Year award, in honor of a musician's creative achievements and charitable works.
When it was announced that this year's honoree would be four-time Grammy winner Carole King, whose 1971 seminal album Tapestry has sold over 25 million copies worldwide (and who is the subject of a current Broadway musical called Beautiful), PEOPLE asked if Alicia Keys could say a few words about King, 71, whom she considers both an inspiration and a friend.
Keys, 32, herself a 14-time Grammy winner who is currently up for the R&B album of the year, readily agreed.
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