R&B star Alicia Keys was bursting with pride on Monday night (26Nov12) when the lights of New York's Empire State Building were synchronised to her music.

The singer was invited to flick the switch to light up the skies of her hometown to celebrate this week's (begs26Nov12) release of her new album, Girl on Fire, and the colourful Led display was timed to the tunes of the title track and Keys' unofficial Big Apple anthem Empire State of Mind.

Speaking before the big event, she said, "Everything surrounds the Empire State Building, plus the lights on the Empire State Building reflect the different times of the year and the different things that are happening... It's such a community feeling there, so tonight I get to be a part of a special moment."

Keys watched the special show from a nearby building and expressed her delight at the honour in a post on her Twitter.com page moments after it ended.

She wrote, "Watching the Empire State Building light up with Gof (Girl on Fire) and Empire State of mind was BEYOND my wildest dreams!!"