Legal name: Alicia Augello Cook
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor was released in 2001, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'", and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003, spawning successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You" and "Diary", and selling eight million copies worldwide. The duet song "My Boo" with Usher scored her a second number-one single in 2004. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, becoming the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.
As I Am was released in 2007, producing the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling five million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. The Element of Freedom was released in 2009, becoming her first chart-topping album in the UK, and selling four million copies worldwide. Keys additionally collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind" as her fourth number-one single, and won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2010. Girl on Fire was released in 2012 as her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track. Her second live album, VH1 Storytellers was released in 2013. Here was released in 2016, becoming her seventh R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album.
Keys made her first television appearance on The Cosby Show in 1985 as a four year old child. She made her film debut in Smokin' Aces and later in The Nanny Diaries in 2007. Keys then had a NAACP Image Award nominated appearance in The Secret Life of Bees in 2008. Keys also made an appearance on season 2 of Empire in 2015. She is currently a coach on The Voice as of 2016.
Keys has won 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, and numerous other awards, and has sold over 40 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed her number ten on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. Time named Keys in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005. VH1 also included her on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.