When you think about music, beauty, intelligence, and creativity, who comes to your mind? Well, most of Alicia Keys fans will say she is all of the above. Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress. She was born on January 25, 1981 in Manhattan, , New York City, U.S.A. She is the daughter of Terria Joseph and Craig Cook. When she was child, she was sent to music and dance classes by her mother. She studied classical piano from age seven.
In 1985, at the age of four, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show. She made her film debut in the crime film "Smokin' Aces" opposite Ben Affleck and Andy Garcia and also went on to appear in "The Nanny Diaries" in 2007. She also appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. Alicia Keys known movies and TV series include- The Secret Life of Bees (2008), Five (2011), America's Next Top Model (2012), American Masters (2015).
Alicia Keys' first studio album "Songs in A Minor" was released in June 2001. She became popular internationally and the best-selling new artist of the year. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'".
Her second studio album "The Diary of Alicia Keys" was released in 2003 and earned four Grammy Awards in 2005. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Keys won Best R&B Video for the single "If I Ain't Got You" at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
Keys's third studio album "As I Am" was released in November 2007. She received five nominations for As I Am at the 2008 American Music Award and ultimately won two. The album's lead single 'No One' peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for five consecutive weeks.
She released her fourth album "The Element of Freedom" in December 2009. It became Keys' first album to top the UK Albums Chart.
Her fifth studio album "Girl on Fire" was released on November 27, 2012. she performed the song "Like You'll Never See Me Again" for the first time at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on September 6.
In November 2014, Keys announced that she is releasing a series of children's books. The first book released is entitled- "Blue Moon: From the Journals of MaMa Mae and LeeLee".