Alicia Keys Biography

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'" becoming the second American recording artist to win five Grammys in one night. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994.

Keys has made guest appearances on several television series, beginning with The Cosby Show. She made her film debut in Smokin' Aces and also went on to appear in The Nanny Diaries in 2007. Her third studio album, As I Am, was released in the same year and sold five million copies worldwide, earning Keys an additional three Grammy Awards. The following year, she appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. She released her fourth album, The Element of Freedom, in December 2009, which became Keys' first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom. She released her fifth album, Girl on Fire, in November 2012, which became Keys' fifth chart-topping album in the United States.

Throughout her career, Keys has won numerous awards and sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Billboard magazine named her the top R&B songs artist of the 2000s decade. In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Billboard magazine placed her number ten on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.

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Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar's 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' track video unveiled - watch

'It's On Again' features on the soundtrack for the new movie

  • Apr 14, 2014

Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams team up for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' soundtrack

The superhero film is set for release in the UK on April 16

  • Mar 12, 2014

Alicia Keys speaks out in support of Beyoncé over mime-gate

Singer says 'The one thing you cannot doubt is [Beyoncé] can sing'

  • Jan 25, 2013

Alicia Keys faces lawsuit over 'Girl On Fire' single

Earl Shuman claims single copies his track 'Hey There Lonely Girl'

  • Dec 18, 2012

Alicia Keys unveils 'Girl On Fire' album tracklisting – video

Singer's new album is due out on November 26

  • Oct 21, 2012

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Empire State of Mind DJ GI Joe Soundbunker Remix Play Video

Empire State of Mind DJ GI Joe Soundbunker Remix

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Empire State Of Mind

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House (feat. Jay Thapz) (Black Keys 2nd Line Mix)

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Alicia Keys loses her job at BlackBerry

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Alicia Keys

As I Am

  • Nov 16, 2007

Keys, Alicia : Girlfriend

'Girlfriend' sees the idiotically talented Keys cut out some of the melodrama...

  • Nov 27, 2002

Keys, Alicia : How Come You Don't Call Me?

...another awesome outing...

  • Jun 28, 2002

Keys, Alicia : A Woman's Worth

One album and a couple of singles into her career and she’s already at the pinnacle...

  • Mar 8, 2002

Alicia Keys : London King's Cross Scala

There's a mighty fine line between being a musical prodigy and simply coming across as precocious...

  • Oct 30, 2001

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