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Alicia Augello Cook, who later changed her name to Alicia Keys, was born on January 25, 1981, in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, in New York City to mother Teresa Augello and father Craig Cook. As a child Alicia took music and dance lessons and later attended the Professional Performing Arts School from which she graduated as a valedictorian at the age of 16.
Her first professional steps were taken in 1994 when she was introduced to Jeff Robinson, who became her manager. Robinson brought Alicia in contact with Peter Edge, and together helped create Keys’ profile and demo material. Soon after, Keys signed with Columbia Records. However, her cooperation with Columbia ended two years in dispute over executive indecision on her career. Her career had stalled despite a demo deal with Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Recordings, where she had appeared on the label’s Christmas album with “The Little Drummer Girl,” and had co-written and recorded the song “Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)” for the soundtrack album of “Men in Black.” At that time, she contacted Clive Davis who signed her to Arista Records and then to newly formed J Records where she recorded songs “Rock wit U” featured on the film “Shaft” and “Rear View Mirror” for the soundtrack of “Dr. Dolittle 2”. Her debut album, “Songs in A Minor” was released in June 2001 hitting number one on the “Billboard 200” selling 236,000 copies in its first week and would sell 12 million copies worldwide. The album was certified 6 times Platinum. The album’s first single, “Fallin'”, spent six consecutive weeks on the top of the charts. The second single from that album “A Woman's Worth” was also a success. “Songs in A Minor” earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002: Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album. In 2002 the album was reissued as “Remixed & Unplugged in A Minor” including eight remixes and seven unplugged versions of the songs from the original. Keys also featured on Christina Aguilera’s album “Stripped” on the track “Impossible”.
Her second album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys”, also debuted at number one on the “Billboard 200”, selling over 618,000 copies its first week and 8 million worldwide. “The Diary of Alicia Keys” was certified four times Platinum and produced the singles “You Don't Know My Name”, “If I Ain't Got You”, “Diary” and “Karma”. “If I Ain't Got You” broke a record by staying on the “Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart” for more than a year. Keys performed the song “Higher Ground” with Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards and walked away with the Best R&B Video award for "If I Ain't Got You". In 2005, she won the Best R&B Video award for the video “Karma” for a second time. Keys performed at 2005 Grammy Awards singing “If I Ain't Got You” as well as a rendition of “Georgia on My Mind” with Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones. Keys didn’t leave the awards empty handed as she won four Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “If I Ain't Got You,” Best R&B Song for “You Don't Know My Name,” Best R&B Album for “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “My Boo” with Usher.
The same year Keys recorded and released an instalment for the MTV Unplugged series that included new arrangements to her original tracks as well as a few selected covers. The session was released on CD and DVD with the title “Unplugged”. The album debuted at number one on the US “Billboard 200” selling 196,000 copies its first week. The single “Unbreakable” from this album remained on the top of the “Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay” for almost three months. In 2006 she was the voice of Mommy Martian in the “Mission to Mars” episode of the children's television series “The Backyardigans”, singing an original song, “Almost Everything Is Boinga Here” .The awards kept coming as that year Alicia Keys won three NAACP Image Awards and Songwriters Hall of Fame Starlight Award.
In 2007, her third studio album was released titled “As I Am” and debuted yet again at number one on the charts becoming her fourth consecutive album to debut at number one, tying her with Britney Spears. “As I Am” sold almost 6 million copies worldwide and has been certified three times Platinum. From the album four singles were released: “No One”, which peaked at number one on the “Billboard Hot 100” and the “Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs”, “Like You'll Never See Me Again”, “Teenage Love Affair” and “Superwoman”. Keys performed at the 2008 Grammy Awards opening the ceremony with Frank Sinatra's “Learnin' the Blues” as a “duet” with Sinatra in video and “No One” with John Mayer later on. That night she won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Artist and Best R&B Song for “No One”. During 2008 Keys took part in the promotional micro-series, “Fresh Takes”, for “Dove Go Fresh”, became a spokesperson for “Glacéau's VitaminWater” to support the product and was in an American Express commercial for the "Are you a Cardmember?" campaign. The same year Keys and Jack White record the theme song to “Quantum of Solace” the first duet in Bond soundtrack history.
Throughout 2009, Keys collaborated with Whitney Houston on the album, “I Look to You” with the track “Million Dollar Bill,” with Jay-Z on the album “The Blueprint 3” with the song “Empire State of Mind” and with artist Alejandro Sanz on “Looking for Paradise.” Keys fourth studio album, “The Element of Freedom” was released in December 2009, which debuted at number two on the “Billboard 200”, selling 417,000 copies in its first week. To promote the album, she performed at the Cayman Island Jazz Festival on December 5.
All of her musical achievements have rightfully earned her the position she holds as the top R&B recording artist of 2000–2009 and number 5 on the artist of the decade list. Besides her musical achievements Keys has also excelled in acting, making cameos in television series “Charmed” and “American Dreams” during the early 2000s, she made her film debut in early 2007 in “Smokin' Aces.” She was also in the “The Nanny Diaries” and “The Secret Life of Bees” and guest starred as herself an episode of the drama series “Cane”. As an author, Alicia Keys’ novel “Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics,” a collection of unreleased poems brought in over $500,000 and Keys made “The New York Times” bestseller list in 2005. Taking all of her accomplishments into account Alicia Keys has surely earned the “Golden Note Award” she received from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, as she undoubtedly is an artist "who has achieved extraordinary career milestones".