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Alicia Keys

Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Alicia Keys has changed the face of popular music since she burst onto the scene in 2001. Now Keys has also made her mark on the silver screen as well.

Keys returned with her long-awaited third studio album, AS I AM, in November 2007. Within 10 hours of being serviced to radio, Alicia's first single, No One, became one of the fastest moving and highest charting singles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. This also marked the highest first single debut for a female artist in 2007 on the R&B Monitor's Urban Mainstream chart.

Keys made her motion-picture debut in Joe Carnahan's SMOKIN' ACES as Georgia Sykes. She also appeared in the big screen adaptation of the best selling book THE NANNY DIARIES, opposite Scarlet Johansson, Laura Linney and Paul Giamatti.

Keys also recently signed a multiyear first-look film production deal at Disney. Through her production company, she will develop live-action and animated projects, participating as producer and actor. The company will also spearhead soundtracks and music supervision for the projects.

Alicia Keys first appeared on the music scene in June 2001 with her debut album, Songs In A Minor, on Clive Davis' J Records. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart, selling over 235,000 copies in its first week, and went on to sell more than 10 million units worldwide.

Keys' critically acclaimed sophomore effort, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in December 2003 and sold over 618,000 copies during its first week of release in the United States. The album is currently seven times platinum.

In her music career, Alicia Keys has won eleven Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards™, two MTV Europe Awards, one NAACP Image Award 2004, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, one BET Award, three Soul Train Music Awards, one Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, and a My VH1 Award. Keys is currently signed to MBK/J Records.

In 2005, Keys also became a New York Times Bestselling author when she released her first published work, "Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems & Lyrics by Alicia Keys." In 2004, Alicia also became a travel correspondent for The New York Daily News, writing monthly travel columns throughout the summer detailing experiences from her world tour.

She generously gives her time and energy as an Ambassador and spokesperson for Keep A Child Alive, which provides anti-viral drugs to the millions suffering from AIDS in Africa.

She also works closely with Frum Tha Ground Up, devoted to equipping America's youth with the tools essential for achieving success on all levels; as well as Teens in Motion, a non profit organization created to offer teens the opportunity to develop their minds and bodies in a safe and secure environment.

Born and raised in New York, Alicia graduated from the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan at age 16.

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Alicia Keys Facts

Birth Name Alicia Augello Cook
BirthdayJanuary 25, 1981 (40)
BirthplaceHarlem, New York, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Alicia Keys compared to you?
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Selected Filmography

Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys: Unplugged
How To Play If I Aint Got You By Alicia Keys
Elmo's Christmas Countdown
Mind's Eye
1:00 P.M.
Marthas and Caitlins
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