Celebrity The Black Ball By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Instagram Twitter InStyle's mantra is "Everybody's in," and that means anyone who finds their way to our stories should find themselves reflected in them. We prioritize bringing the right writer to every story and sometimes collaborate as a team to ensure we're including points of view across race, gender expression, body size, skin and hair type, and more. Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. For more about our team, click here. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on November 17, 2008 @ 10:28AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage The Black Ball 01 of 07 Jessica Alba, Alicia Keys and Padma Lakshmi Kevin Mazur/WireImage "I'm so excited!" said Alicia Keys (in Armani Prive) when she hit the red carpet at the 2008 Black Ball, held at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. "There are so many incredible artists and people here." Among the notable guests who came out to support Keys and help raise funds for her Keep Child Alive Foundation were Jessica Alba (in Gucci), Padma Lakshmi (in Naeem Khan) and John Mayer. The evening hit a high note when Queen Latifah accepted the Humanitarian Award and Justin Timberlake hit the stage to rock the audience. What a way to give back. -Bronwyn Barnes 02 of 07 Tyra Banks Kevin Mazur/WireImage "I have alot of bad days. This just happens to be a good hair and makeup day," said Tyra Banks, who got a final touch-up from her beauty squad as she arrived at the event. Banks-who joined her tablemates to tuck into a meal of barley salad and African chicken stew-also had a good fashion moment, donning a curve-hugging gown by Michael Kors for the occasion. 03 of 07 John Mayer, Justin Timberlake and Chris Daughtry Kevin Mazur/WireImage "[Alicia] is a powerful, powerful woman," said John Mayer, when asked why he made time for the event. After engaging in a bidding war with Queen Latifah during the evening's live auction-which ended in a tie-Mayer was among the lucky guests who took in performances by Justin Timberlake and Chris Daughtry. 04 of 07 Alicia Keys and Queen Latifah Kevin Mazur/WireImage Keep A Child Alive co-founder Keys congratulated friend Queen Latifah, who was presented with the Humanitarian Award. "You didn't have to honor me tonight to get me to keep giving," Latifah (in Gustavo Cadile) exclaimed during her moving acceptance speech. The Queen also left the audience with some food for thought, opening up about overcoming abuse and poverty in her own life. "Just think, the person you could be contributing to could be a Queen Latifah in the future," she mused. 05 of 07 Adele Kevin Mazur/WireImage With Keys at the piano, British chanteuse Adele was among the evening's A-list entertainers, moving the crowd with her rendition of "Make You Feel My Love." 06 of 07 David Bowie and Iman Kevin Mazur/WireImage Event co-host-and Keep A Child Alive Global Ambassador- Iman and husband David Bowie slipped in to the Hammerstein Ballroom just before the program got underway. 07 of 07 Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake Kevin Mazur/WireImage Keys and Timberlake put the finishing touches on the memorable evening when they teamed up on stage. "To be supported by people you admire is unbelievable," Keys said when asked how it felt to be backed up by her famous friends.