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Alicia Keys Edit Profile

also known as Alicia Augello Cook,Lellow

actor , producer , singer , writer

Alicia Keys began piano lessons at age 7. After graduating from the Professional Performance Arts School, she signed a deal with Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records. Her debut album Songs in A Minor (2001) went platinum five times over and earned her five Grammys. She followed up with hit albums such as The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), As I Am (2007) and Girl on Fire (2009), all of which won the artist Grammys.

Background

Ethnicity: Mother is of Irish and Italian descent. Father is of African descent.

Education

There she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated as valedictorian at the age of 16.

After four weeks dropped out of college to pursue her musical career fulltime.

Career

Singer: (albums) Songs in A Minor, 2001 (Video Music Award, 2 Billboard Awards, 2 Am. Music Awards, 2 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards, 3 Soul Train awards, 2 World Music Awards, ECCHO award, Best R&B Album, Grammy Awards, 2001, Choice Album, Teen Choice awards, 2002), The Diary of Alicia Keys, 2003 (Grammy award, Best R&B Album, 2005), Unplugged, 2005, As I Am, 2007 (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image award for Outstanding Album, 2008, Favorite Pop Album and Favorite R&B Album, Am. Music Awards, 2008), The Element of Freedom, 2009, (songs) Fallin', 2001 (Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Song of Year, Grammy Awards, 2001), If I Ain't Got You, 2003 (MTV Video Music award, Best R&B Video, 2004, R&B/Hip-Hop Singles of Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Single of Year, Billboard Music Awards, 2004, Grammy award, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 2005, Outstanding Song, Outstanding Music Video, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards, 2005), You Don't Know My Name, 2003 (Grammy award, Best R&B Song, 2005), Karma, 2005 (MTV Video Music award, Best R&B Video, 2005), Unbreakable, 2005 (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image award for Best Video, 2006), No One, 2007 (Best R&B Song, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Grammy Awards, 2008), Like You'll Never See Me Again, 2007 (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image awards for Outstanding Music Video & Outstanding Song, 2008), Superwoman, 2007 (Grammy award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, 2009), (with Usher) My Boo, 2004 (Grammy award, Best Duo R&B Vocal Performance, 2005); composer: (films) Hollywood Homicide, Dr. Dolittle 2, Ali; actor: (films) Smokin' Aces, 2006, The Nanny Diaries, 2007, The Secret Life of Bees, 2008, (TV guest appearances) The Cosby Show, 1985, Saturday Night Live, 2001, Charmed, 2001, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 2001, American Dreams, 2003, Oprah Winfrey Show, 2004; author: Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, 2004

Achievements

  • She recorded a theme song for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Membership

  • A honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (2004)

  • Keys is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and AIDS in Africa.

Interests

  • Artists

    "I love Bono. I really respect what he has done for Africa and how he has used his fame to do good in the world. I hope I can do half as much in my life"- she says

  • Other Interests

    Keep a Child Alive is your passion and your mission.

  • Music & Bands

    She learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin.