• Alicia Keys started to wear minimal makeup looks after an album photo shoot in 2016.
  • She has since taken the low-key approach during several major awards show appearances and performances.
  • Keys most recently hosted the 2019 Grammys , choosing her signature natural look for the occasion.

Alicia Keys hosted the 2019 Grammys on Sunday night with a minimal makeup look, but it's certainly not the first time the star has ditched the flashy looks typically seen during such a big event.

Keys wrote about her new relationship with makeup in an essay for the Lenny Letter in May 2016. She described a time when a photographer insisted on shooting her with no makeup for her album cover.

"I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt," Keys wrote in the essay.

Whether she's on the red carpet or posting personal Instagram photos, Keys has been sticking to a minimal makeup look ever since.

Here are 16 times she has gone without makeup.

Keys began opting for minimal makeup looks in 2016.

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Keys wrote in an essay for the Lenny Letter that a photo shoot with photographer Paola Kudacki for here album "Here" struck a chord with both herself and her fans.

"Once the photo I took with Paola came out as the artwork for my new song 'In Common,' it was that truth that resonated with others who posted #nomakeup selfies in response to this real and raw me," she wrote.

Read Keys' full essay on Lenny Letter.

Keys then wore her no-makeup look to the BET Awards in June 2016.

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This was one of the first major awards shows Keys attended with the subtle look.

She brought the movement to the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in August 2016.

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She arrived in a vibrant red and black dress.

Keys took to Twitter in August 2016 to clarify some of her thoughts on the "no makeup" movement.

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"Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup," Keys wrote alongside a makeup-free selfie on Twitter. "Do you!"

Keys then brought her signature look to NBC's "The Voice."

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Keys joined the show for its 11th season in 2016.

Keys framed her face in a bold red outfit for the 2016 Billboard Women In Music event.

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She paired the look with an oversized wide-brimmed black hat.

She brought the look to the performance stage during an appearance on the "Today" show in September 2016.

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She wore a black blazer with multicolored sleeves.

She then performed at the Grammys in February 2017, two years before hosting the annual ceremony.

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She wore a black jumpsuit with tons of sparkly silver details.

Keys also proved the look was perfect for Paris Fashion Week in March 2017.

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The star pulled the minimal makeup look off effortlessly during the major fashion event.

She kept it going in January 2018 with an appearance at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy event.

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She accessorized with hoop earrings and deep-red nail polish for a touch of color in her mostly black ensemble.

She walked the red carpet of the 2018 Grammy Awards in January 2018.

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She wore an all-black ensemble to match her subtle makeup look.

Keys most recently kept her makeup low-key for the 2019 Grammys in February.

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She still managed to make a bold statement on the red carpet with an eye-catching red gown byArmani Priv.

She later changed into a teal Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit during the ceremony.

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She paired the ensemble with a printed Emilio Pucci headscarf.

She later changed into a pair of sparkling Balmain trousers during the awards show.

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She paired the eye-catching pants with a black wide-brimmed hat.

Keys also changed into an eye-catching red jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta.

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The jumpsuit had a sheer cape overlay for a glamorous touch.

Though Keys continues to keep her makeup minimal, she told Allure in 2017 that she has not completely sworn off cosmetics.

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"I'm not a slave to makeup," Keys told Allure in January 2017. "I'm not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. Thats my right."