Alicia Keys connects with Michelle Obama

Los Angeles: Singer Alicia Keys says she "connects" with Michelle Obama as they are both campaigners for female empowerment.

The 33-year-old was one of a privileged few who were invited to perform at US President Barack Obama`s official inauguration ball for his second term in January, and the singer made good friends with the First Lady.

"I very much connect with Michelle. And we`ve done different things together that have given us so much to talk about - she`s really interested in girls and empowerment too,” quoted Alicia as saying.