Alicia Keys is a singer and pianist who have won 15 Grammy Awards. Her debut album was released in 2001 and her single “Fallin’” sold over 12 million copies. Another album called ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ sold over 8 million copies. She also recorded another number one single with Usher called “My Boo”. She is the first woman to get an ‘MTV Unplugged’ album become number 1 in its debut. In her career, she has sold over 30 million singles and 35 million albums. The estimated net worth of Alicia Keys is $80 million US dollars. She is a pop icon who has been featured twice in Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ (2005 & 2017).
Alicia Keys Biography
Alicia Augello Cook popularly known as Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1981, in Manhattan, New York City. She was born to parents Craig Cook and Teresa. She is the only child and her father was a flight attendant and mother used to work as a paralegal. She parents divorced when she was 2 years old and she was raised by her mother. At the age of four, she appeared on ‘The Cosby Show’. As a child, she attended dance and music classes. When she was seven, she started playing piano and used to play music by Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart. She went to Professional Performing Arts School and majored in choir. At age 14, she started to write songs. Soon she was signed to Columbia Records and got accepted at Columbia University. She dropped her college to pursue a full-time music career. She co-wrote the song “Dah Dee Dah” which became a soundtrack of the film ‘Men in Black’.
In July 2010, Alicia Keys married Swizz Beatz. Her first son Egypt Daoud Dean was born in October 2010 and named Genesis Ali Dean was born in December 2014. Prior to this marriage, Keys was in a relationship with Kerry Brother Jr. in 2006.
In June 2001, she released her first studio album called ‘Songs in a Minor’ was released. In the first week, it sold over 236,000 units and became a No. 1 song at Billboard 200. It became a platinum album by selling over 18 million copies in the world. The album also landed her with 5 Grammy wins. In the early 2000s, she was seen in the TV series American Dreams and Charmed. In December 2003, Keys’ second album ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ was released.
It sold over 4.4 million copies and also debuted at No. 1 In the album, she also teamed up with Usher for the song “My Boo”. She won 4 Grammys for the success of the album. In 2005, she released her unplugged album and in 2007, she made film debut in the movie ‘Smokin’ Aces’. She was then seen in the movie ‘Nanny Diaries’ and ‘One Man in an Island’. In November 2007, her third album ‘As I Am’ was released. This was followed by ‘Looking You’ in 2009. In 2012 ‘Girl on Fire’ was released and in 2016, ‘In Common’ was released.
Alicia Keys has won an amazing 109 awards out of 291 nominations. She has won 5 American Music Awards and 9 Billboard Music Awards. She is also the winner of 7 BET Awards and has won 15 Grammy Awards. She is also a Guinness Record holder.
What is net worth of Alicia Keys?
Alicia Keys is one of the artists who achieved success in a quick span of time. She has given many No. 1 hits and has released many platinum sales albums. By doing so, she has made good wealth. Alicia Keys’ net worth is an estimated $80 million US dollars as of 2017. She has been referred as the Queen of R & B. She has also released her book Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics in 2004 and it went to sell over $500,000. She was also a mentor of the reality television series ‘The Voice’. She has given several chart toppers both in R&B and hip hop.
Alicia Keys has supported various charities and is the ambassador of ‘Keep a Child Alive’, which provides medicines to HIV victims in Africa. She has performed several times for various causes. Her wax figure was unveiled in 2011 at Madame Tussauds in New York. She was placed at #10 in VH1’s ‘100 Sexiest Artist List’.