alicia keys girl on fire mtv vmas gi Alicia Keys sings 'Girl on Fire' at 2012 Video Music AwardsAlicia Keys debuted her new song “Girl on Fire” during the 2012 MTV VMAs. Featuring a guest rap from Nicki Minaj, the lyrics “this girl is on fire” seemed like they were tailor-made for Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games.” But when Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas appeared onstage and began to show off some of her gold medal-winning skills, it became clear who the song was really about.

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Minaj’s guest verse clued us in. “And I got ’em aggy because I win the gold like Gabby,” Minaj rapped as Douglas cartwheeled and twirled across the stage. It’s been a few weeks since the Fierce Five won the women’s gymnastics gold, but seeing Douglas’ beaming smile reminded us that a girl power anthem never goes out of style.

Keys’ new album (also called “Girl on Fire”) hits stores on November 25. Check out the performance below:


What do you think of the song and the performance? Anyone else still bummed about the missed “Hunger Games” tie-in opportunity?