Alicia Keys

Singer, Songwriter, Pianist
Fusing the musical influences of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder with the training of a classical pianist, Alicia Keys redefined R&B music for a new generation through her soulful vocals and extraordinary musicianship. An ... Read more »
Born: 01/24/1981 in Harlem, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (103)

50 YEARS: THE BEATLES 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Miracle on 42nd Street 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Nas: Time is Illmatic 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Herself

Pepsi Smash 2003 - 2004, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2003 - 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Voice 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

12-12-12 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

2012 MTV Video Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

Girl Rising 2013 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Muscle Shoals 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Person To Person 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The 39th Annual People's Choice Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Performer

America's Next Top Model 2012 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

La La's Full Court Life 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '11 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Performer

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

BET Awards '10 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Performer

Halo Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2008 American Music Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '08 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmo's Christmas Countdown 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Idol Gives Back 2 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

My Night at the Grammys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Teleflora Presents America's Favorite Mom 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

June Boatwright (Actor)

Vibe Awards Special 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Cane 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Iconoclasts 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

Georgia Sykes (Actor)

The Nanny Diaries 2007 (Movie)

Lynette (Actor)

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV Unplugged 1989 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

ReAct Now: Music & Relief 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Fashion Rocks 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 MTV Video Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual American Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

America Beyond the Color Line 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Prince: The Art of Musicology 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual TRL Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

With All Deliberate Speed 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Dreams 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

2001: The Year in Music 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

51st NBA All-Star Game 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas Remembrances 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Fake ID Club 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 MTV Video Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 World Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Grammy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The WB Presents: Teen People's What's Next 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 News Special: The New Soul Generation 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Aaliyah: A Life Cut Short 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

What's Next? (TV Show)

Actor
Music (35)

Blended 2014 (Movie)

("Girl On Fire") (Song)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

("It's On Again") (Song Performer)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 2014 (Movie)

("It's On Again") (Song)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

The iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind (Pt II) Broken Down") (Song Performer)

The Great Gatsby 2013 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind (Pt II) Broken Down") (Song)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Glee The 3D Concert Movie 2011 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

Single Ladies 2011 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

"Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" (Song Performer)

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

"Un-thinkable (I'm Ready)" (Song)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Rapture") (Song Performer)

Sex and the City 2 2010 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

Step Up 3-D 2010 (Movie)

("Empire State Of Mind") (Song)

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

("No One") (Song)

Fashion Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

Quantum of Solace 2008 (Movie)

("Another Way To Die") (Song Performer)

Swarovski Style Rocks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2007 American Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Performer

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

("Doncha Know (Sky Is Blue)") (Song Performer)

The Secret Life of Bees 2008 (Movie)

("Doncha Know (Sky Is Blue)") (Song)

Glory Road 2006 (Movie)

Featured Vocalist (Vocals)

Glory Road 2006 (Movie)

("Sweet Music (One Of These Days)") (Song Performer)

Glory Road 2006 (Movie)

("Sweet Music (One Of These Days)") (Song)

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

("Ain't No Reason") (Song)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

('You Don't Know My Name") (Song Performer)

Coach Carter 2005 (Movie)

('You Don't Know My Name") (Song)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

("A Woman's Worth") (Song Performer)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

("A Woman's Worth") (Song)

Billboard's Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Eve 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Drumline 2002 (Movie)

("Butterflyz") (Song)
Producer (2)

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Firelight 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Director (1)

Five (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Fusing the musical influences of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder with the training of a classical pianist, Alicia Keys redefined R&B music for a new generation through her soulful vocals and extraordinary musicianship. An exceptional singer, songwriter and pianist, Keys' albums Songs in A Minor, The Diary of Alicia Keys and As I Am sold millions of albums worldwide and won numerous awards, including Grammys and American Music Awards. She expanded her range as a performer to include occasional stints as an actor in films like the bloody action movie "Smokin' Aces" (2006) and in the heartfelt drama "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), alongside fellow recording stars Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. It seemed as if Keys' talent and opportunities knew no bounds when she collaborated with Jack Black on the theme song to the 007 film "Quantum of Solace" (2008), performed with Jay-Z on the chart-topping NYC anthem, "Empire State of Mind," and even directed a segment of the made-for-TV anthology film "Five" (Lifetime, 2011). As she entered the next decade, Keys was unequivocally recognized as one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Blessed with a rare mix of talent, ambition, intelligence and beauty, Keys continually sought out fresh artistic challenges even as she remained one of the strongest female voices in the musical genre she first embraced.

Relationships

Swizz Beatz Song Performer

Husband
Met fall 2008 Announced engagement May 2010 Married July 31, 2010 in a private ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea

Terri Augello

Mother
Irish-Italian; separated from Craig Cook, when Alicia was still very young

Craig Cook

Father
Jamaican; separated from Terri Augello, when Alicia was still very young

Egypt Dean

Son
Born Oct. 14, 2010 in New York; father, Swizz Beatz

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
Briefly attended, but left to focus on a music career full-time

Professional Performing Arts School

New York , New York
Graduated early at the age of 16 and was honored as class valedictorian

Milestones

2012

Released fifth album Girl on Fire under RCA

2010

Earned three Grammy nominations for her collaboration with Jay-Z on "Empire State of Mind"

2008

Earned three Grammy nominations, two for her album As I Am and one for her collaboration with Jack White

2008

Played one of the Boatwright sisters opposite Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo in film adaptation of "The Secret Life of Bees"

2007

Made feature film debut alongside Jeremy Piven and Ryan Reynolds in "Smokin' Aces"

2007

Co-starred with Scarlett Johansson as Lynette, Johansson's character Annie's best friend in "The Nanny Diaries"

2007

Released third studio album As I Am

2005

Performed an installment of the "MTV Unplugged" series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; album released as Unplugged

2003

Released sophomore album The Diary of Alicia Keys

2002

Wrote (also produced) and sang background for Christina Aguilera's song "Impossible" from the album Stripped

2001

Released debut album Songs in A Minor; earned five Grammy Awards, including ‘Song of the Year’ for "Fallin"

2000

Recorded "Rock Wit U" for the "Shaft" (2000) soundtrack and "Rear View Mirror" for the "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001) soundtrack

1999

Left Arista to sign with Davis’ new label J Records

1998

Signed by Clive Davis’ Arista Records

1997

Recorded first song "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)," which appeared on the "Men in Black" soundtrack

Played piano showcases around New York while still in high school

Signed a demo recording deal with Jermaine Dupri on his So So Def label

Began playing the piano at the age of seven

Wrote first original song "Butterflyz" at age 14

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