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Keke Palmer's Vocal Range Astounds on Her Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You" Cover

The Password Host showed off her stunning vocals while singing Keys' hit. 

By Jackie Manno

In 2013, Password Host Keke Palmer did former The Voice Coach Alicia Keys (Seasons 11, 12, 14) justice by covering one of her signature songs: "If I Ain't Got You."

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During Palmer's acoustic rendition, her tone was perfectly crisp and her runs were oh-so smooth. Palmer is so talented, it's no surprise she has some serious pipes, as well. 

Listen to her gorgeous version here

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What to know about "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys

One of Keys' biggest hits to date, "If I Ain't Got You" was released off her 2003 album The Diary of Alicia Keys and reached the number-four position on the Billboard U.S. Hot 100. According to Keys, the lyrics of the song are inspired by tragic world events that reminded her that material things are not what's truly important in life. 

In 2021, Rolling Stone placed "If I Ain't Got You" on the 440 position on its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list, with the outlet praising the track's "organic-feeling lushness of Seventies R&B balladry into the digitized 21st century."

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Split of Keke Palmer and Alicia Keys

"If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys lyrics

Some people live for the fortune
Some people live just for the fame
Some people live for the power, yeah
Some people live just to play the game

Some people think
That the physical things
Define what's within
And I've been there before
That life's a bore
So full of the superficial

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you, baby
If I ain't got you, baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

Some people search for a fountain
Promises forever young
Some people need three dozen roses
And that's the only way to prove you love them

Hand me the world on a silver platter
And what good would it be
With no one to share, with no one who truly cares for me

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you, baby
If I ain't got you, baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, you, you

Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you, baby
If I ain't got you, baby
Some people want diamond rings
Some just want everything
But everything means nothing
If I ain't got you, yeah

If I ain't got you with me, baby, oh, ooh
Said nothing in this whole wide world don't mean a thing
If I ain't got you with me, baby