Alicia Keys Biography

Alicia Keys is a Grammy Award winning American singer who rose to fame with her debut album, ‘Songs in A Minor’. This biography of Alicia Keys provides detailed information about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Lellow

Birthday: January 25, 1981 Black Celebrities Born on January 25

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses Pianists

Age: 39 Years, 39 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Alicia Augello-Cook Dean

Born Country: United States

Born in: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States

Famous as: Musician

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Swizz Beatz

father: Craig Cook

mother: Terria Joseph

siblings: Cole Cook

children: Egypt Daoud Dean, Genesis Ali Dean

U.S. State: New Yorkers, African-American From New Yorkers

Founder/Co-Founder: KrucialKeys Enterprises, Keep a Child Alive

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education: Columbia University, Professional Performing Arts School

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Alicia Keys is a ‘Grammy’ award-winning American singer who rose to fame with her debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ which sold over 12 million copies and established her as an overnight sensation. Not only was her debut album a huge commercial success, it also received much critical acclaim and won her several prestigious awards. Her success continued with the release of her subsequent albums and she became one of contemporary America’s most favorite singers. Born as the daughter of a part-time actress, she was exposed to the show business from a young age and was encouraged by her mother to take music and dance lessons. She was just 12 when she enrolled in the ‘Professional Performing Arts School.’ By the time she graduated, she had developed strong songwriting skills in addition to her singing talent. At the age of 20, she released her debut album which became a hit, selling millions of copies and earning positive reviews from the critics. Her subsequent albums performed well, proving to everyone that she was not a one-time wonder. Eventually, she ventured into television and films and has appeared in movies, such as ‘Smokin' Aces’ and ‘Dove: Fresh Takes.’

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Childhood & Early Life
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Career
  • In 2001, she released her first studio album ‘Songs in A Minor.’ The album caused a sensation soon after its release. It went on to sell over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies worldwide, making her an internationally acclaimed singing star.
  • Her much anticipated second album ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ was out in 2003. The album debuted at No. 1 on ‘Billboard 200,’ and sold over 618,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • Her next album ‘As I Am’ came out in 2007. This album too proved to be a phenomenal success. The album debuted at No. 1 on the ‘US Billboard 200’ chart and became a commercial success worldwide. It spawned super hit singles, ‘No One’ and ‘Another Way to Die.’
  • She also ventured into films and had a starring role in the 2006 movie ‘Smokin' Aces.’ The movie also starred Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Andy García, and Ray Liotta. She played the role of ‘Georgia Sykes,’ a female contract killer.
  • Alicia Keys played the role of ‘June Boatwright’ in the 2008 drama film ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ which is based on the story of a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother.
  • In 2009, she released the album ‘The Element of Freedom.’ Characterized by a mid-tempo, low-key sound, the album featured mostly ballads. It was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics.
  • Her album ‘Girl on Fire’ was out in November 2012. It was a mixture of conventional songs and piano ballads, with occasional references to marriage and motherhood. Even though the album was a moderate success, its commercial performance was pale in comparison to the earlier albums.
  • Alicia’s sixth studio album ‘Here’ released in November 2016. The album was a critical success and debuted at number two on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ It explored the social struggles of African-Americans.
  • She announced her upcoming seventh studio album in May 2017. In 2019, she released two singles titled ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Time Machine’ from the album. The following year, she released another single titled ‘Underdog.’
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  • She appeared as a coach for three seasons in the American singing TV reality show ‘The Voice.’ She also hosted the 61st ‘Annual Grammy Awards.’
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Major Work
  • Her debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ catapulted her to overnight stardom and established her as a rising superstar in the musical industry. The album debuted at No. 1 on the ‘Billboard 200’ chart, and sold over 236,000 copies in its first week. It also won her several awards and accolades.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 2002, she won ‘Grammy Awards’ for ‘Song of the Year’ (Fallin), ‘Best R&B Song’ (Fallin), ‘Best R&B Album’ (Songs in A Minor), ‘Best Female R&B Vocal Performance’ (Fallin), and ‘Best New Artist.’
  • In 2005, she won four ‘Grammy Awards,’ including the ‘Best R&B Album’ for ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ and ‘Best R&B Song’ for ‘You Don't Know My Name.’
  • In 2006, she won three ‘NAACP Image Awards,’ including ‘Outstanding Female Artist’ and ‘Outstanding Song’ for ‘Unbreakable.’
  • In 2014, she received the ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best R&B Album’ for ‘Girl on Fire.’
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • Alicia Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz in July 2010. The couple has two children.
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Net Worth
  • Alicia keys’ estimated net worth is $100 million.
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Trivia
  • She is the co-founder and global ambassador of ‘Keep a Child Alive,’ a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. She also performs regularly in charity concerts to raise funds for several humanitarian causes.
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1. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

  (Drama)

2. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

  (Drama)


3. Smokin' Aces (2006)

  (Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller)

4. The Nanny Diaries (2007)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)



5. Jem and the Holograms (2015)

  (Music, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance)

Awards

Grammy Awards
2014 Best R&B Album Winner
2011 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Winner
2011 Best Rap Song Winner
2009 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2008 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2008 Best R&B Song Winner
2005 Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
2005 Best R&B Song Winner
2005 Best R&B Album Winner
2005 Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female Winner
2005 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2002 Best R&B Album Winner
2002 Best New Artist Winner
2002 Best R&B Song Winner
2002 Song of the Year Winner
2002 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
MTV Video Music Awards
2005 Best R&B Video Alicia Keys: Karma (2004)
2004 Best R&B Video Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You (2004)
2001 Best New Artist in a Video Alicia Keys: Fallin' (2001)

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