Alicia Keys emerged during a time when the likes of Britney Spears and ‘N Sync were dominating the radio waves; she serenaded her way into the hearts of listeners who craved a more personal and soulful type of mysic. Born with the name Alicia Augello Cook, she took on the stage name ‘Alicia Keys’ to better represent herself as a performer. Her unique sound is a fusion of R&B, hip hop, pop, and soul, and her album ‘Songs in A Minor’ was a huge commercial and critical success. The classically trained pianist and soulful singer-songwriter has won 9 Grammy Awards over the years. Keys’ songs can be identified by their rousing, ballad-like feel, as well as lyrics consisting mostly of long-winded ‘Ohs’ and word syllables drawn out for several measures. Keys is married to a guy named Swizz Beatz – an "over the top" hip hop recording artist and producer with whom Keys reluctantly collaborated.
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, pianist, cellist and actress. Born in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York, she attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at sixteen. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. 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 a commercial success, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. 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 was also another success worldwide, selling nine million copies and garnered Keys four Grammy Awards in 2005.
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