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Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys 2011.jpg
Alicia Keys in 2011
Background information
Birth name Alicia Augello Cook
Also known as Lellow[1]
Born January 25, 1981 (1981-01-25) (age 39)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, Pop, soul
Occupation(s) Actress, musician, pianist, record producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals, keyboards
Years active 1996–present
Labels Arista, Columbia, J, RCA
Associated acts Swizz Beatz, Usher, Beyoncé Knowles, Kerry Brothers, Jr., Maxwell

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. She has sold over forty-one million albums and singles worldwide as of 2007, and has won numerous awards, including fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and fourteen NAACP Image Awards.

Early life

Keys was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York.[2] Her birth name is Alicia Augello Cook. She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant.[3] Her mother is of half Italian and half English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry,[4] and her father is of African American ancestry.[5] Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her mixed race heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".[6]


Live albums


An African-American female singing into a microphone on a stand. She is wearing large hoop earrings and a silver sleeveless shirt.
Keys at Tokyo Summer Sonic 2008.
Year Title Number of
2001/2002 Songs in A Minor Tour
2004 Verizon Ladies First Tour
2005 The Diary Tour
2008 As I Am Tour
2010 The Freedom Tour
2011 Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys


List of television and movies credits
Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Cosby Show Maria "Slumber Party" (Season 1, Episode 22)
2001 Charmed P3 VIP Patron (uncredited) "Size Matters" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2001—2010 Saturday Night Live Herself / Musical Guest "Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys" (Season 27, Episode 1)
"Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys" (Season 35, Episode 11)
2003 American Dreams Fontella Bass "Rescue Me" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2003 The Proud Family Herself (voice) "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Season 3, Episode 46)
2005 Sesame Street Herself Episode #36.26 (Season 36, Episode 26)
2006 The Backyardigans Mommy Martian (voice) "Mission to Mars" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2007 Cane Herself "One Man Is an Island" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown Herself Christmas television special
2007 Smokin' Aces Georgia Sykes Debut film
2007 The Nanny Diaries Lynette
2008 Dove: Fresh Takes Alex Lead role
2008 The Secret Life of Bees June Boatwright Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2011 Five Director Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award
2012 Firelight Executive Producer


  1. "The Diary Of Alicia Keys [CD & DVD [Limited] - Alicia Keys"]. Epinions. February 2, 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  2. "Alicia Keys Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  3. "Alicia Keys: Biography". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved January 2, 2014.[dead link]
  5. "A lot of people believe I'm part Jamaican, though I'm not. I'm definitely black and Italian and a little Irish or Scottish" (European American) – Bream, Jon (April 28, 2008). "More Keys to Alicia's Life". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  6. "Alicia Keys – Keys Avoids Mixed Race Abuse". Keys first appeared at a Talent show on "Jessie Jones" where she performed alongside "four little women" who were also an unknown group at the time. Both were signed to a record deal after the December 1, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2014.

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