Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, music producer, philanthropist, and actress. Keys released her debut album, Songs in A Minor (2001) with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records. It produced her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'", and sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), spawned successful singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You" and "Diary", and sold eight million copies worldwide. The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. The duet song "My Boo" with Usher scored her a second number-one single in 2004. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged (2005) becoming the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.
As I Am (2007) produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling 5 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards. Keys made her film debut in Smokin' Aces and also went on to appear in The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees. The Element of Freedom (2009) became her first chart-topping album in the UK, and selling 4 million copies worldwide. Keys also collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind" for her fourth number-one single, and won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2010. Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track. VH1 Storytellers (2013) was released as her second live album. Here (2016) became her seventh US R&B/Hip-Hop chart topping album.
Keys has received numerous awards throughout her career, including 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards. She has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists. Considered a pop icon, Billboard magazine named her the top R&B artist of the 2000s decade and placed her number 10 on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. VH1 also included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, while Time have named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is co-founder and Global Ambassador for the nonprofit organization Keep a Child Alive.