Jay-Z+Alicia Keys+Janelle Monae+Sade


Sean will be smirking in the corner, because it’s impossible not to frame this pricey Keep a Child Alive charity benefit as a cage match between r&b’s reigning piano princess, its hottest weirdo, and the aging Nigerian seductress who paved the way for them both in the 80’s. Smart money’s on the third contestant, both out of deference and because of the exemplary bass parts which often steamroll absolutely everything in their path, her own New Age keyboard glop included. Time to put Sade to use on one of your choruses, Jay–we’re about due for “Empire State Of Mind, Part III,” right?

Thu., Sept. 30, 8 p.m., 2010