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Alicia Keys

1981-01-25 Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, USA

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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 Keys - Live at Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2023, Night Two Self 2023-12-19
Lewis Capaldi: How I'm Feeling Now Self (archive footage) 2023-04-05
Uncharted Self 2023-06-10
Apple Music Live: Alicia Keys Cantora 2022-12-22
Kanye West: DONDA Experience Performance 2 22 22 Self 2022-02-22
Platinum Party at the Palace Self 2022-06-04
Behind the Shield: The Power and Politics of the NFL Self (archive footage) 2022-09-23
2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Self 2021-11-20
Alicia Keys - Citi Concert Series Today Show Self 2021-12-14
One World: Together at Home Self 2020-04-18
FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America Self 2020-03-29
Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince Self 2020-04-21
A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant 2020-02-24
Alicia Keys: Live in L.A. Self 2020-04-14
Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 Self - Musical Guest 2020-05-16
Dear Class of 2020 Self 2020-06-07
Alicia Keys Rocks New Year's Eve Self 2020-12-31
Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy Self - Host 2020-10-29
Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul Self 2019-01-13
Alicia Keys - Landmarks Live in Concert Self 2017-01-20
Alicia Keys - Baloise Session 2017 Self - Performing Artist 2017-11-02
Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives Self 2017-04-19
Let Me In Zara 2016-06-20
The Gospel Self 2016-04-21
Alicia Keys - Here in Times Square Self - Singer 2016-11-03
Jem and the Holograms Alicia Keys 2015-10-22
A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King Self 2015-06-23
Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert Self 2015-12-06
Nas: Time Is Illmatic Self 2014-04-04
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles Self 2014-02-09
John Mayer: Someday I'll Fly Self 2014-04-06
Girl Rising Narrator - Cambodia (voice) 2013-03-07
Alicia Keys - VH1 Storytellers Self 2013-06-28
Mademoiselle C Self 2013-09-11
Alicia Keys: Rock In Rio Self - Singer 2013-09-15
Alicia Keys Taratata 2012 Self 2012-11-30
Alicia Keys - MTV Crashes Manchester Self 2012-11-13
Alicia Keys: iTunes Festival Self 2012-09-28
12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief Self 2012-12-12
Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days Self (uncredited) (archive footage) 2010-01-05
Hope for Haiti Now Self 2010-01-02
Alicia Keys - Live in New York Self 2009-12-01
Q: The Man Self 2009-02-01
DJ Juice: The King is Back Mixtape Blend DVD Vol. 70 Self (archive footage) 2009-07-06
Alicia Keys – The Element Of Freedom: Deluxe Edition Self 2009-12-11
Alicia Keys - As I Am Self 2008-11-10
The Secret Life of Bees June Boatwright 2008-09-17
The Nanny Diaries Lynette 2007-08-24
Sesame Street: Elmo's Christmas Countdown Self 2007-12-23
Smokin' Aces Georgia Sykes 2006-12-09
Live 8 Self 2005-11-07
Alicia Keys: Unplugged Self 2005-09-23
Genius. A Night for Ray Charles Self 2004-10-07
Alicia Keys live North Sea Jazz Self 2004-09-25
Alicia Keys: From Start to Stardom Self 2003-02-18
The Blackout - Fat Joe Vs Jay-Z At The Rucker Self 2003-08-01
The Best of Max Self 2002-01-01
America: A Tribute to Heroes Self - Performer 2001-09-21