Alicia Keys has penned a moving tribute to LENA HORNE for the pages of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine.
The R&B star, who was once tipped to play Horne in a biopic, admits she only recently started researching the entertainer's life and became an overnight superfan.
In her essay about the star, who died on Sunday (09May10), Keys writes, "I just got enraptured with her life and her world."
The Fallin' singer reveals she always listens to Horne's music on Sunday mornings - "Rainy Sundays in particular".
She adds, "I've never been able to ask her directly, but I've read that she was very insecure about her voice. She didn't feel that she had a beautiful voice. I feel totally differently: she had a very special and unique voice and style and quality.
"I hear a lot of sadness in her voice. I just love that melancholy tone that she has."
And Keys admires what Horne was able to do as an African-American woman living when "the options and opportunities for black women were very limited."
She notes, "Lena Horne opened doors for all of us. That's a major legacy she's leaving behind."