Alicia Keys, unique name Alicia Augello Cook, (conceived January 25, 1981, New York, New York, U.S.), American vocalist musician, piano player, and on-screen character, who made tremendous progress in the mid 2000s with her mix of R&B and soul music.
Keys started performing at age four and playing piano at age seven, focusing on traditional music and jazz. At age 14 she started creating, and after two years she graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. Keys’ sytheses demonstrated present day impacts however were established in the hints of prior soul specialists, including Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Subsequent to pulling in the consideration of record tycoon Clive Davis, she marked to his Arista Records in 1998, and, when Davis shaped J Records in 2000, she was one of the main specialists to sign with the new name. In 2001 Keys discharged Songs in A Minor, a tremendously fruitful presentation collection that highlighted a main hit with “Fallin'” and that proceeded to sell in excess of 10 million duplicates around the world. She won five Grammy Awards in 2002, including those for melody of the year and best new craftsman.
The next year Keys discharged a subsequent collection, The Diary of Alicia Keys. She additionally recorded a two part harmony with Usher called “My Boo,” which for about a month and a half was the main melody on Billboard’s Hot 100 diagram. In 2005 Keys solidified her status as one of popular music’s driving specialists by winning four Grammy Awards: best collection, tune, female vocal execution, and execution by a team or gathering with vocals. That equivalent year she recorded and discharged Unplugged, a collection from the MTV unique on which she performed stripped-down variants of past hits, new tunes, and fronts of melodies advanced by Aretha Franklin and by the Rolling Stones.
In 2007 Keys discharged the spirit injected As I Am, which included the Grammy-winning single “Nobody.” The next year she cooperated with Jack White of the White Stripes on “Another Way to Die,” the lead single on the soundtrack to the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. As I Am kept on posting solid deals all through 2008, and the single “Superwoman” earned Keys a Grammy for best female musicality and blues vocal execution in 2009. Soon thereafter she worked together with Jay-Z on the graph fixing single “Realm State of Mind,” and in December she discharged her fourth studio collection, The Element of Freedom. The Grammy-winning Girl on Fire (2012) highlighted a program of visitor makers and vocalists that included Nicki Minaj, Dr. Dre, and Keys’ better half, Swizz Beatz. The socially cognizant Here (2016) was less mainstream, in any case.