Alicia Keys

Born 25 January 1981.
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Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, 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 a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'" becoming the second American recording artist to win five Grammys in one night. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Girl on Fire

    Girl on Fire 2012

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    A new chapter begins for Keys on this confident, assured album.
  2. Review of Songs in A Minor: Collector’s Edition

    Songs in A Minor: Collector’s Edition 2011

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    Expanded 10th anniversary edition of a modern soul classic.
  3. Review of The Element of Freedom

    The Element of Freedom 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The US diva album for those who can’t abide US divas.
  4. Review of As I Am

    As I Am 2007

    Reviewed by James Young
    Alicia Keys has dropped the urban flavours in the previous outing in favour of a more...
  5. Review of MTV Unplugged

    MTV Unplugged 2005

    Reviewed by Matilda Egere-Cooper
    If you thought Alicia couldn't get any more fabulous, you've just been proved wrong.
  6. Review of The Diary Of Alicia Keys

    The Diary Of Alicia Keys 2003

    Reviewed by Denise Boyd
    If you're a fan of slow jams you will feel like a kid in a candy store, all angles of...
  7. Review of The Diary of Alicia Keys

    The Diary of Alicia Keys 2003

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Faultless, languid, late-night soul, unmistakably the vision of one person.