American superstar singer Alicia Keys is to become the first celebrity musician to play live at the opening ceremony of the UEFA Champions League final, UEFA have announced.
The show will see the singer perform to around 80,000 people in Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on 28 May and to TV audiences in over 220 countries.
Keys, who will be debuting new music in the show, said playing to such a huge audience was "pretty insane."
European football's governing body UEFA said Keys' inclusion "heightens even further the appeal of the match."
Keys said she was looking forward to returning to Italy, a place that feels like home to her.
"My mother's family is from Italy, so whenever I go, I always feel the most loved," Keys told the BBC.
"I feel like it's a homecoming of love in a lot of ways."
UEFA said Keys' performance will usher in a new live entertainment era for the final, which intends to "merge the worlds of world-class music, entertainment and sports, as well as celebrate design and fashion as a nod to the host city, Milan".
"This is going to be a powerful moment in history and one that represents the spirit of all the similarities we share no matter where we live and who we are," Keys said.
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