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.