'George had trouble parking': Alicia on singer's absence

Friday June 17, 2011

Alicia Keys couldn't resist joking about George Michael's no-show at her charity ball.

The British star was due to perform alongside the Grammy-winning singer at her 'Keep A Child Alive Ball, but had to drop out after being struck down with a tooth infection.

"I'm very disappointed. George Michael bailed on us. I think he said he had trouble parking or something," Alicia joked on stage, before launching into Freedom.

Despite the Faith singer's absence, the diva declared the night a huge success.

"The best thing about tonight is that we can feel good, and have fun together. I'm very proud of us," she said.

Over £177,000 was raised in an auction, in aid of the charity which Alicia founded to help African and Indian children affected by HIV/Aids.

Photo: © Getty Images

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