Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, actress, and activist.Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Girl on Fire was released in 2012 as her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track.
Her second live album, VH1 Storytellers was released in 2013.
Keys made her film debut in Smokin' Aces and has also appeared in The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees.
Considered a pop icon, Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed her number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years.
Multi-platinum artist Alicia Keys has opened up about her scandalised love life for the new issue of Essence magazine in the US.
After being branded a 'home wrecker' by some media and bloggers Alicia is maintaining that she did nothing wrong and that her husband, Swizz Beatz, was completely separated from his ex-wife before they got together.'We didn't start seeing each other until months after they had separated,' she said.'I was aware of all the false things that were being said about me it definitely hurt,' added the 30-year-old.
In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode "Slumber Party".
The following year Robinson introduced Keys to her future A&R at Arista Records, Peter Edge, who later described his first impressions to Hit Quarters: "I had never met a young R&B artist with that level of musicianship.
She also co-wrote and recorded a song titled "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black.