It’s shaping up to be a big year for Alicia Keys. Not only is the singer hosting the Grammys for the second year in a row later this month and publishing her autobiography More Myself in March, she also has a new album ALICIA due out this spring. On Thursday she unveiled the music video for the latest single from the album, titled “Underdog.”
“Some people may think of the word ‘underdog’ as a negative word but I see it as a powerful word representing people who may be underestimated and yet still rise to the challenge and exceed expectations,” Keys said in a statement. “I love this song so much because it’s about real life and real people and our experiences. We’ve all been in a place in our lives where we’ve had to defy the odds. It’s never easy. One of my favorite lyrics in the song is, ‘They say I would never make it but I was built to break the mold.’ I don’t think there’s a person on the planet that hasn’t felt that way.”
Directed by Wendy Morgan, the “Underdog” video features Keys dancing through working-class environments and celebrating “the hustlers trading at the bus stop, single mothers waiting on a check to come, young teachers, student-doctors, sons on the front line knowing they don’t get to run.”
“Underdog” is the third single from ALICIA, following “Time Machine” and “Show Me Love.”
Watch the video above.