Alicia Keys’ ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ Interview: She Talks Swizz Beatz, Getting 3rd Degree From Her Mom

Christina Lee | March 4, 2013 8:19 am

Last night (March 3), Alicia Keys kicked off the third season of ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ with some of the biggest revelations she’s had in her career thus far. The format is simple — Keys reminisces as she sits in front of a backdrop — but her answers may surprise even her biggest fans.

As expected, Keys talked about the first time she met label executive Clive Davis (at his office, its walls covered with photographs of musical idols) and the first time she met her husband, Swizz Beatz (“He’s just bubbling over with life”). But when she remembers what it was like to be 16 or 17 — in her case, having to choose between Columbia University and Columbia Records — Keys really opens up on her biggest, but most loving critic: her mother, a paralegal who knew how to interrogate her daughter.

Watch Keys talk about Swizz Beats up top, then check out other highlights from her ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ interview after the jump.

On meeting Clive Davis

On what tempted her most while signing her first record deal

On telling her mom she was choosing music over college

How Alicia Keys Told Her Mom She Was Choosing Music Over College

Keys’ ‘Oprah’s Master Class’ interview re-airs Sunday, March 17, 7 p.m., on OWN.

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