“If I Ain’t Got You” is one of Alicia Key’s biggest and most powerful songs to date. Off her 2003 album The Diary Of Alicia Keys; Keys attributes the inspiration of the profound ballad to the passing of the late great Aaliyah. “The song idea came together right after Aaliyah passed away. It was such a sad time and no one wanted to believe it. It just made everything crystal clear to me—what matters, and what doesn’t.” She goes on to say “I remember writing the beginnings of it on a flight somewhere and then finished it in the hotel once I got where we were going,” she added. “It came quickly and I was so moved to write it and it doesn’t matter how many times I sing it, I love it with the same intensity as when I first wrote and recorded it.”
Keys is performing at this year’s BET Awards!