Alicia Keys, Miguel perform in Tampa

Alicia Keys, Miguel perform at Forum

March 21, 2013 

Virtuosic musicianship and pop stardom are two very different creatures, but the twain meet in Alicia Keys.

Keys burst into public consciousness in 2001 with her phenomenally successful debut album, "Songs in A Minor." It was a monster hit and it won her just about every Grammy Award that she was eligible for, including Best New Artist.

That particular Grammy has sometimes been a kiss of death (remember Christopher Cross?), but Keys has continued to grow musically ever since, and her popularity hasn't waned a bit.

She'll be bringing her soulful songs to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on Sunday. A Los Angeles Times review of a recent show on the tour raved about her songs, her signing and her piano playing. But it also noted that her kind of consummate musicianship is more suited to intimate settings, and attempts to translate it into an arena setting with giant video screens and some on-stage actors were occasionally awkward.

Opening for Keys is hot new R&B singer Miguel, whose excellent 2012 sophomore album "Kaleidoscope Dream" made him a star, and earned him five Grammy nominations. If you've been listening to contemporary music at all recently, you know his hit "Adom."

By all accounts, Miguel's stage show is very different from Keys', with a kind of Prince-style sexuality.

Details: 7:30 p.m. March 24, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $45.25-$100.25. Information: www.tampabaytimesforum.com, 813-301-6500.

-- Marty Clear

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