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Video: Drake Teams Up With Florence, Minus the Machine

British pop star fills in for Alicia Keys for London performance of 'Fireworks'

January 10, 2011 2:10 PM ET

Alicia Keys couldn't be on hand for Drake's performance of "Fireworks" at London's Hammersmith Apollo theater on Saturday night, but the rapper found a fine replacement in the form of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

Photos: Lil Wayne Returns To The Stage With Drake

The singer came out midway through the tune, inspiring seemingly everyone in the venue to reach for their cellphone to snap photos of two on stage together. Then Drake treated the audience to an actual fireworks display at the end of their performance.

Video: Drake Sets Off ‘Fireworks’ with Florence Welch [Rap-Up]

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