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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’

InformationDetail
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1981
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-songwriter, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Pianists, Rhythm & Blues Singers
City/StateNew Yorkers
Nick namesLellow
SpousesSwizz Beatz
SiblingsCole Cook
Known asAlicia Augello Cook
Childrens Egypt Daoud Dean
Universities
  • Columbia University
  • Professional Performing Arts School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • KrucialKeys Enterprises
  • Keep a Child Alive
Birth PlaceHell's Kitchen
Height168cm
GenderFemale
FatherCraig Cook
MotherTerria Joseph
Net Worth$130 million as of Aug 22,2016
Sun SignAquarius
Born inHell's Kitchen
Famous asSinger-songwriter

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Who is Alicia Keys?

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 soon 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, and 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 an immediate hit which sold millions of copies and earned her positive reviews from the critics. Her subsequent albums too performed well and she proved to the audiences and critics that she was not one-time wonder. Eventually she forayed into television and films as well and has appeared in movies such as ‘Smokin' Aces’ and ‘Dove: Fresh Takes’

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Childhood & Early Life

She was born as Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in New York City as the only child of Teresa and Craig Cook. Her mother was a part-time actress while her father was a flight attendant. She is of biracial heritage. Her parents separated when she was quite young and she was primarily raised by her mother.

Her mother ensured that young Alicia received dance and music lessons. She started learning classical piano when she was seven and enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12.

She graduated as valedictorian at the age of 16. Following her graduation she became serious about her musical career and signed a recording contract with Columbia records. At around the same time she was accepted into Columbia University. However, she dropped out of college after a month to pursue her music career.

Career

In 2001, she released her first studio album, ‘Songs in A Minor’. The album created a sensation immediately upon its release, and went on to sell over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies worldwide, making her an internationally popular singing star.

Her much anticipated second album, ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ was out in 2003. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 618,000 copies in its first week of release.

Her next album ‘As I Am’ came out in 2007 and once again proved to be a phenomenal success. The album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and became an international commercial success. It spawned the 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’ which 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’, in which she departed from the classicist soul music that dominated her previous albums. Characterized by a mid-tempo, low-key sound it features 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 genre 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.

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, sold over 236,000 copies in its first week, and won her several awards and accolades.

Awards & Achievements

In 2002, she won the 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.

She won four Grammy Awards in 2005 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’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Alicia Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz in July 2010. The couple has two children.

Net Worth

Alicia keys’ estimated net worth is $130 million.

Trivia

She is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa. She also performs regularly in charity concerts to raise funds for several humanitarian causes

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Alicia Keys awards

YearNameAward

Grammy Awards

2014Best R&B AlbumWinner
2011Best Rap/Sung CollaborationWinner
2009Best Female R&B Vocal PerformanceWinner
2005Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or GroupWinner
2005Best R&B SongWinner
2005Best R&B AlbumWinner
2005Best R&B Vocal Performance - FemaleWinner
2002Best New ArtistWinner
2002Song of the YearWinner

MTV Video Music Awards

2005Best R&B VideoAlicia Keys: Karma (2004)
2004Best R&B VideoAlicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You (2004)
2001Best New Artist in a VideoAlicia Keys: Fallin' (2001)

Alicia Keys biography timelines

  • // 25th Jan 1981
    She was born as Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in New York City as the only child of Teresa and Craig Cook. Her mother was a part-time actress while her father was a flight attendant. She is of biracial heritage. Her parents separated when she was quite young and she was primarily raised by her mother.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she released her first studio album, ‘Songs in A Minor’. The album created a sensation immediately upon its release, and went on to sell over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies worldwide, making her an internationally popular singing star.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she won the 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.
  • // 2003
    Her much anticipated second album, ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ was out in 2003. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 618,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • // 2005
    She won four Grammy Awards in 2005 including the Best R&B Album for ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’, and Best R&B Song for ‘You Don't Know My Name’.
  • // 2006
    She also ventured into films and had a starring role in the 2006 movie, ‘Smokin’ Aces’ which also starred Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Andy García, and Ray Liotta. She played the role of Georgia Sykes, a female contract killer.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, she won three NAACP Image Awards, including Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Song for ‘Unbreakable’.
  • // 2007
    Her next album ‘As I Am’ came out in 2007 and once again proved to be a phenomenal success. The album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and became an international commercial success. It spawned the super hit singles, ‘No One’ and ‘Another Way to Die’.
  • // 2008
    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.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, she released the album, ‘The Element of Freedom’, in which she departed from the classicist soul music that dominated her previous albums. Characterized by a mid-tempo, low-key sound it features mostly ballads. It was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics.
  • // Jul 2010
    Alicia Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz in July 2010. The couple has two children.
  • // Nov 2012
    Her album ‘Girl on Fire’ was out in November 2012. It was a mixture of conventional genre 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.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, she received the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album for ‘Girl on Fire’.

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Alicia Keys's FAQ

  • What is Alicia Keys birthday?

    Alicia Keys was born at 1981-01-25

  • Where is Alicia Keys's birth place?

    Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen

  • What is Alicia Keys nationalities?

    Alicia Keys's nationalities is American

  • What is Alicia Keys nick names?

    Alicia Keys's nickNames is Lellow

  • Who is Alicia Keys spouses?

    Alicia Keys's spouses is Swizz Beatz

  • Who is Alicia Keys siblings?

    Alicia Keys's siblings is Cole Cook

  • Who is Alicia Keys childrens?

    Alicia Keys's childrens is Egypt Daoud Dean

  • What was Alicia Keys universities?

    Alicia Keys studied at Columbia University, Professional Performing Arts School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Alicia Keys?

    Alicia Keys was the founder/co-founder of KrucialKeys Enterprises, Keep a Child Alive

  • How tall is Alicia Keys?

    Alicia Keys's height is 168

  • Who is Alicia Keys's father?

    Alicia Keys's father is Craig Cook

  • Who is Alicia Keys's mother?

    Alicia Keys's mother is Terria Joseph

  • What is Alicia Keys's sun sign?

    Alicia Keys is Aquarius

  • How famous is Alicia Keys?

    Alicia Keys is famouse as Singer-songwriter