Biography

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12. She was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records, and then, after disputes with the label, by Arista Records. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was released with J Records in 2001. Praised for Keys' musical talents and creative control, Songs in A Minor was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. Songs in A Minor earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You" and "Diary", and selling eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Her duet song "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.

Her third album, As I Am (2007), produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling 5 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces. Her fourth album,The Element of Freedom (2009), became her first chart-topping album in the UK, and sold 4 million copies worldwide. In 2009, Keys also collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind", which became her fourth number-one single, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2010. Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. In 2013, VH1 Storytellers was released as her second live album. Her sixth studio album, Here (2016), became her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album.

Keys has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association. She has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Considered a musical icon, Keys was named by Billboard the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 also included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time have named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy and activism, and has received accolades for such work. Keys co-founded and is the Global Ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive.

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12. She was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records, and then, after disputes with the label, by Arista Records. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was released with J Records in 2001. Praised for Keys' musical talents and creative control, Songs in A Minor was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. Songs in A Minor earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You" and "Diary", and selling eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Her duet song "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.

Her third album, As I Am (2007), produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling 5 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces. Her fourth album,The Element of Freedom (2009), became her first chart-topping album in the UK, and sold 4 million copies worldwide. In 2009, Keys also collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind", which became her fourth number-one single, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2010. Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. In 2013, VH1 Storytellers was released as her second live album. Her sixth studio album, Here (2016), became her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album.

Keys has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and awards from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association. She has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Considered a musical icon, Keys was named by Billboard the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 also included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time have named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is also known for her humanitarian work, philanthropy and activism, and has received accolades for such work. Keys co-founded and is the Global Ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Female

Known Credits 56

Birthday 1981-01-25

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

Official Site http://aliciakeys.com/

Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Alicia Keys - Baloise Session 2017 as Performing Artist
2017 Carpool Karaoke(1 episode) as Herself
2017 Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives as Herself
2016 Alicia Keys and Maren Morris on CMT Crossroads as Herself
2016 Let Me In as Zara
2016 The Gospel as Herself
2015 Taraji's White Hot Holidays(1 episode) as Herself
2015 Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert
2015 Jem and the Holograms as Herself
2015 A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King as Herself
2014 John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly
2014 Nas: Time Is Illmatic as Herself
2013 Alicia Keys: Rock In Rio as Singer
2013 Alicia Keys - VH1 Storytellers as Herself
2013 Girl Rising as Narrator - Cambodia (voice)
2012 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief as Herself
2012 Alicia Keys: Live at iTunes Festival as Herself
2011 The Voice(57 episodes) as Herself - Coach
2010 Radio 1's Big Weekend(1 episode)
2010 Hope for Haiti as Herself
2009 DJ Juice - The King is Back Mixtape Blend Dvd Vol. 70
2009 Q: The Man as Herself
2009 Alicia Keys - Live in New York as Herself
2008 The Secret Life of Bees as June Boatwright
2007 Sesame Street: Elmo's Christmas Countdown as Herself
2007 Boris Becker meets(1 episode)
2007 Schmidt & Pocher(1 episode)
2007 Cane(1 episode)
2007 The Nanny Diaries as Lynette
2006 Smokin' Aces as Georgia Sykes
2005 Iconoclasts(1 episode)
2005 Live 8 as Herself
2005 Alicia Keys: Unplugged as Herself
2005 The Tyra Banks Show(1 episode)
2004 The Backyardigans(1 episode)
2004 Genius. A Night for Ray Charles as Herself
2004 Alicia Keys live North Sea Jazz
2004 America Beyond the Color Line(1 episode) as Herself
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(3 episodes)
2003 The Blackout - Fat Joe Vs Jay-Z At The Rucker as Herself
2001 The Saturday Show(1 episode)
2001 The Proud Family(1 episode)
2000 106 & Park(2 episodes)
1998 Charmed(1 episode)
1998 TRL(1 episode)
1997 The View(4 episodes)
1992 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno(1 episode)
1989 MTV Unplugged(1 episode)
1984 The Cosby Show(1 episode)
1984 MTV Video Music Awards(1 episode)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(2 episodes)
1981 Wanna bet, that..?(3 episodes)
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode) as Herself - Musical Guest
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode) as Herself
1969 Sesame Street(1 episode)

Production

2016 Let Me InExecutive Producer
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PeteExecutive Producer

Sound

2016 Let Me InMusic
2013 The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & PeteOriginal Music Composer

Directing

2011 FiveDirector

Writing

2016 Alicia Keys and Maren Morris on CMT CrossroadsWriter

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