Alicia Keys Biography
Alicia Keys(full name: Alicia Augello Cook) known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and philanthropist. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records.
After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was critically and commercially successful, 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 second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, spawning successful singles “You Don’t Know My Name”, “If I Ain’t Got You”, and “Diary”, and selling eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Her duet “My Boo” with Usher became her second number-one single in 2004. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.
Her third album, As I Am (2007), produced the Hot 100 number-one single “No One”, selling 5 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin’ Aces. She, along with Jack White, recorded “Another Way To Die” (the title song to the 22nd official James Bond film, Quantum of Solace). Her fourth album, The Element of Freedom (2009), became her first chart-topping album in the UK and sold 4 million copies worldwide. In 2009, Keys also collaborated with Jay Z on “Empire State of Mind”, which became her fourth number-one single and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. In 2013, VH1 Storytellers was released as her second live album. Her sixth studio album, Here (2016), became her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart-topping album.
Keys has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including 15 competitive Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association. She has sold over 65 million records worldwide. Considered a musical icon, Keys was named by Billboard the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 also included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time has named her in their 100 lists of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is also acclaimed for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism. She co-founded and is the Global Ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive.
Alicia Keys Age
Alice is 38 years old as of 2019. She was born on 25 January 1981 in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States.
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Alicia Augello Cook was born in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City’s Manhattan borough. She is the only child of Teresa (Augello), a paralegal and part-time actress, and one of three children of Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Keys’ father is African American and her mother is of Sicilian (Agrigento and Sciacca) and either Scottish or Irish descent. Named after her Puerto Rican godmother, Keys expressed that she was comfortable with her multiracial heritage because she felt she was able to “relate to different cultures”. Keys’ father left when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell’s Kitchen. Keys said her parents never had a relationship, and her father was not in her life. Although she did not like to speak about her father in order to not feed stereotypes, Keys remarked in 2001: “I’m not in contact with him. That’s fine. When I was younger, I minded about that. made me angry. But it helped show me what a strong woman my mother was, and made me want to be strong like her. Probably, it was better for me this way.” Keys and her mother lived in a one-room apartment. Her mother often worked three jobs to provide for Keys, who “learned how to survive” from her mother’s example of tenacity and self-reliance.
Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is adding the chance to host the 2019 Grammys to her list of accomplishments, including a long list of impressive collaborations with other famous artists, dozens of Grammy awards and the millions of copies of her albums she has sold over the course of her career.
Keys has two children with husband Swizz Beatz – Egypt Daoud Dean and Genesis Ali Dean. Keys also has a healthy relationship with Beatz’ ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere, so the family can co-parent Tifrere and Beatz’ son Kasseem Jr., who is 11.
Here’s what you need to know about Keys’ family:
Keys and Swizz Beatz (née Kasseem Dean) met when they were teenagers in the ’90s, just as she was kick-starting her illustrious career. While the two are crazy about each other now, Keys told Marie Claire U.K. that at the time, she couldn’t have been less interested.
“Honestly, I didn’t really like him that much,” she told the magazine in 2013. “I thought he was too ostentatious. Swizz will have the fastest car, the biggest jewelry, the loudest jacket. Everything with his is really over the top. I used to see him and think, ‘He is so annoying.’”
However, Beatz eventually grew on Keys, and the two started dating in 2008. They officially announced their engagement in May 2010 and married just two months later.
Keys recently opened up to ABC News about her “beautiful, blended family,” and how she and Beatz happily co-parent with Beatz’ ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere to raise Tifrere and Beatz’ son Kasseem.
“We love each other. I mean, we hang out with each other. We go to dinner together,” Keys told ABC News’ Michael Strahan. “We’re doing Thanksgiving, we’re doing the holidays.”
“It is a beautiful partnership,” she added. “And that is really, really special. I’m very, very proud of that.”Although the family works well together now, it wasn’t always that way. Keys and Tifrere had a rocky relationship at the beginning, as Beatz and his ex-wife did not get along for quite some time following a painful divorce. They decided to work together after realizing their son was starting to act out because of their issues, and have worked tirelessly to raise Kasseem in the big, blended family they have today.
In her new book “Blend,” Tifrere chronicles what she has learned during the difficult but beautiful journey of blending her family and co-parenting. Keys wrote the foreword, and Swizz wrote a chapter of the book, according to ABC News.
Beatz told ABC News how proud he is of his ex-wife’s decision to write the book. “There was a lot of misunderstandings in the beginning … with our communication,” Beatz told ABC. “When she came with the idea, it was like, ‘Wow.’”
Tifrere added that a lot of people “see us here now, loving each other, co-existing and getting along, but there’s a whole middle that they didn’t see.”
“And that’s where we all put the work in,” she told ABC. “We worked on ourselves individually. We worked on our relationship. We healed. We healed our children. We gave them an opportunity to see us growing. And that’s the real blend.”
Beatz believes that if couples take the time to read Tifrere’s book, it could help “a whole lot of families” and “people in a similar situation,” ABC reports.
Keys has two children with Beatz at this time – a son named Egypt Daoud Dean, who was born in October 2010, and her youngest son, Genesis Ali Dean, was born December 2014.
She also has three stepchildren, from relationships Beatz had before the two were together, including Prince Nasir Dean (born October 2000), Kasseem Dean Jr. (born 2006), and Nicole Dean (born 2008), according to CheatSheet.
According to Keys, motherhood is incredibly important to her but says it’s also challenging to “find balance” between motherhood and her professional life. The singer told People that “the biggest challenge recently is how to balance all the travel. It’s a lot of time away, and I want to make sure they have consistency and are not being dragged from here to there all the time.”
Keys was born to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant, according to Highline. Her father is African-American, and her mother is Caucasian, and of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Keys has always embraced her multiracial heritage, saying it helps her “relate to different cultures,” Highline reports.
She credits her mother for inspiring and supporting her through her career. Keys says her mother supported her passion by enrolling her in music and dance classes, helping her study classical piano, and enrolling her in the Professional Performing Arts School when he was 12, according to Highline.
Did Alicia Keys Die
Alice is alive up to now, no record about her death nor rumors about her death
Swizz Beatz Son
Swizz sons are named as follow: Egypt Daoud Dean, Prince Nasir Dean, Kasseem Dean, Jr., Genesis Ali Dean, and Nicole Dean
Alicia Keys Movies
61st Annual Grammy Awards
The Soundtrack of My Life
Landmarks Live: Great Performances
Saturday Night Live
Let Me In
Here in Times Square
The Voice of Germany
Shining a Light: Conversations on Race in America
Jem and the Holograms
Nas: Time Is Illmatic
Oprah’s Master Class
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet
The X Factor Australia
America’s Next Top Model
Keep a Child Alive with Alicia Keys
Saturday Night Live
Dove: Fresh Takes
Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland
The Secret Life of Bees
Elmo’s Christmas Countdown
The Nanny Diaries
106 & Park
Def Poetry Jam
MTV Asia Aid 2005
2004 Soul Train Music Awards
Live with Regis and Kelly
The Proud Family
Saturday Night Live
The Cosby Show
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Alicia Keys Piano
Things Alicia Keys did: THAT. The 38-year-old singer and 2019 Grammys hostess with the mostest amazed viewers with her insane musical talents as she sang covers of award-winning songs on Sunday night. Oh, she also performed them while playing two pianos at once. You know, like a genius?
Keys sampled from tunes like Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly,” Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams,” Drake’s “In My Feelings,” Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up,” and Lauryn Hill’s “Doo-Wop (That Thing).” She also intermixed some Coldplay instrumentals and rounded out the medley with her own “Empire State of Mind.” Watch a clip of Keys’s incredible performance above, and get ready for your jaw to hit the floor.
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Alicia Keys and Her Son Join Forces For Adorable Duet at 2019 iHeart Radio Music Awards
Published: Mar. 14, 2019
We keep on fallin’ in love with this performance by Alicia Keys and her son Egypt Dean.
Alicia and her son totally stole the show at the 2019 iHeart Radio Music Awards with their performance of “Raise a Man” and “You Don’t Know My Name.”
The singer kicked off the performance by singing the emotional song solo, before getting the crowd jazzed up by inviting her kiddo up onstage with her. Egypt dashed up the steps to the piano in a sequined silver tracksuit that shimmered in the bright lights of the auditorium. Then, as his mom sung the soulful lyrics, Egypt delivered an impressive performance on the piano.
As their performance drew to a close, they walked hand-in-hand to the front of the stage, where Egypt took the opportunity and flossed. All the while, his mom told the crowd, “This is such a special night tonight and we are blessed to share it with you.”
Egypt is clearly living his best life at Thursday night’s show. Earlier in the night, he was chatting up Reputation performer Taylor Swift from the comfort of his seat. The singer doted on the little one as they watched his mom accept the iHeart Radio Innovator Award.
Alicia Keys And Her Son Charm The iHeartRadio Music Awards With Amazing Piano Duet
Published:15 March 2019
The apple did not fall far from the tree in Alicia Keys’ household, and she proved that during Thursday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards when she invited son Egypt Dean onstage.
The 8-year-old son of the “Girl on Fire” singer and her husband, rapper Swizz Beatz, joined his mother onstage, sitting at the piano and tinkling the ivories for a mother-and-son performance as she sang “Raise a Man” and “You Don’t Know My Name”.
As the performance came to an end, the pair held hands and walked to the front of the stage — and, because kids will be kids, Egypt capped off his performance by doing a little flossing while his mom waved her hand in the air.“This is such a special night tonight and we are blessed to share it with you,” Keys told the crowd. It was a big night for Keys, who was also awarded the iHeartRadio Innovator Award.
“It means so much to be honored as an innovator. When I first started out, nobody was like, ‘Look at that tomboy from Hell’s Kitchen… what a fantastic innovator she is,’” she joked. “Nobody said that.”
Continuing her speech, she zeroed in on the importance of being true to oneself. “We hate ourselves, and instead, all we have to do is love who we are,” she told the crowd.