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American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and actress

  • Alicia Keys is the stage name of Alicia Augello Cook.
  • She was born on January 25, 1981
  • She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian.
  • Her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
  • Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned her five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'".
  • She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001.
  • Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 which earned her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005.
  • She released her first live album, Unplugged, which debuted at number one in the United States.
  • She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and the highest since Nirvana in 1994.
  • She also produced 3 Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles top 3 hits, "Fallin'", "If I Ain't Got You" and "No One". Also, those singles were charted on 10 or more countries.
  • Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 20002009 decade.
  • In 2010, VH1 included Keys on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
  • Billboard magazine placed her number ten on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.

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