Alicia Keys

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Is Alicia Keys a Homewrecker? - FOXNews
It seems so, as famed Hip Hop producer Swizz Beats recently told the New York Daily News that he is no longer with his estranged wife and mother to his son, but instead with singer Keys. Rumors have been swirling for months now that Keys and Beats...
Alicia Keys Begs American Idol Viewers To Support Aids, Hiv Charity - Post Chronicle
by Staff Alicia Keys has urged American Idol viewers to donate $5 (£3.30) to help fight Aids in Africa and India. The No One singer appealed to the audience of the hit US show to support her charity Keep a Child Alive's Text Alive Challenge on...
Alicia Keys, Noah steal show on 'American Idol' - Newsday
Alicia Keys strolls out on "American Idol," looking fantastic, to introduce a video about "Idol Gives Back" and its work in Africa. She's poised and sincere; if only she would sing a little . . . Then, Noah from Rawanda comes out on stage, singing "I'm...
Britain's Got Talent singer Natalie Okri says school bullies make ... - Telegraph.co.uk
By Urmee Khan, Digital and Media Correspondent The ten year old, dubbed 'baby Beyonce', appeared on the ITV talent show with a rendition of Alicia Keys' 'No One' which won over the judges and led to the audience giving her a standing ovation....
Ant & Dec praise new 'Talent' singer - Digital Spy
The ten-year-old impressed the three regular judges and briefly-hired panellist Kelly Brook with a performance of Alicia Keys's 'No One' on Saturday's programme. On their official blog, Ant and Dec said: "This week gave us little Natalie,...
Traveling with the Stars: American Idol's Rickey Minor - USA Today
The author of There's No Traffic on the Extra Mile has traveled extensively to collaborate with recording artists, including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Ray Charles and Beyoncé Knowles, and shares his travel highlights and tips...
What I Do: May Henderson, Hat Library owner - San Francisco Chronicle
Alicia Keys wore one of the stingy brim fedoras to one of the award ceremonies. And we had women flooding in asking for "the Alicia Keys hat" - just like they came in asking for the Aretha hat. We don't just sell the "church hat....
Abu Dhabi-Based Flash Enjoys Sweeping Awards Victory With Five ... - Emediawire (press release)
The Abu Dhabi home-grown company fought off competition from a number of global event companies, to win two of the most prestigious awards: 'Best Fair/Festival/Concert' category for the 'George Michael and Alicia Keys Live in Abu Dhabi' concert held in...
'American Idol': On the scene for the Top 3 results - Entertainment Weekly
Alicia Keys slowly strutted through the Idol Thunderdoors, and the crowd -- which had been alerted by Cory that Jordin Sparks and Katy Perry were in the building, but not Ms. Keys -- took a moment to realize it actually was Alicia Keys before launching...
Mary J Blige Joins Alicia Keys, 50 Cent at William Morris - Singersroom News
The Queen of Hip Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige has inked a new deal that not only solidifies the forthcoming expansion of her entertainment company Matriarch but, also pits her business with that of Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Taylor Swift....

Alicia Keys

Keys performing in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2002

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), better known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American recording artist, musician and actress. Born in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York, she was raised by her mother and made a television appearance on The Cosby Show in 1985. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.

Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin'". Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. Keys garnered an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005. Later that year, she released her first live album, Unplugged, where it debuted at number one in the United States. She became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album to debut at number one and highest since Nirvana in 1994.

Keys made guest appearances in several television series in the following years. She made her film debut in Smokin' Aces (2007) and went on to appear in The Nanny Diaries (2007). Her third studio album, As I Am, was released in the same year and sold nearly six million copies worldwide, earning an additional three Grammy Awards. The following year, Keys appeared in The Secret Life of Bees (2008), which earned her a nomination at the NAACP Image Awards. Keys has won numerous awards and has sold over 14 million albums in the United States and 30 million worldwide, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her time.

Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in a Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, in New York City, New York. She is the daughter and only child of Irish-Italian mother Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Jamaican father Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her parents separated when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode "Slumber Party". Throughout her childhood, Keys was sent to music and dance classes by her mother. She began playing the piano when she was seven, where she learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. She enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School of Manhattan at the age of 12, where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated in three years as valedictorian at the age of 16 and was accepted to Columbia University, but dropped out after four weeks to pursue her musical career.

Keys described herself as comfortable with her biracial heritage: "I grew up in New York and, thank God, I never had to go through that in regards to, 'You're not black enough, you're not white enough,' the whole kind of white/black-mixture thing. I never had to go through that. I went through prejudices and all, surely. But I never had to battle with those two parts of me." Because of her mixed ethnicity, she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".

Keys signed a demo deal with Jermaine Dupri and his So So Def label. She co-wrote and recorded a song entitled "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 blockbuster, Men in Black. The song was Keys' first professional recording; however, it was never released as a single and her record contract with Columbia Records ended after a dispute with the label. Keys then called Clive Davis, who sensed a "special, unique" artist from her performance, later signed her to Arista Records, which later disbanded. Keys almost chose Wilde as her stage name until her manager suggested the name Keys after a dream he had. Keys felt that name represented her both as a performer and person. Following Davis to his newly formed J Records label, she recorded the songs "Rock wit U" and "Rear View Mirror", featured on the soundtracks to the films Shaft (2000) and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001), respectively. During the early 2000s, Keys made small cameos in such television series as Charmed and American Dreams.

Keys released her first studio album, Songs in A Minor, in June 2001. It sold 235,000 copies in its first week and sold six million copies in the United States, being certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It went on to sell over 11 million units worldwide, establishing Keys' popularity both inside and outside the United States, where she became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album's first single, "Fallin'", spent six weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single, "A Woman's Worth", peaked at number three on the same chart.

In October 2002, Songs in A Minor was reissued as Remixed & Unplugged in A Minor, including eight remixes and seven unplugged versions of some of the songs from the original. The album led Keys to win five awards at the 44th Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song for "Fallin'", Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album; "Fallin'" was also nominated for Record of the Year. Keys became the second female solo artist to win five Grammy Awards in a single night, following Lauryn Hill at the 41st Grammy Awards. In the same year, she collaborated with Christina Aguilera for the latter's upcoming album Stripped on a song entitled "Impossible", which Keys wrote, co-produced, and provided with background vocals.

Keys followed up her debut with The Diary of Alicia Keys, released in December 2003. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling over 618,000 copies its first week of release, becoming the largest first week sales for a female artist in 2003. It sold 4.4 million copies in the United States and was certified four times Platinum by the RIAA. It went on to sell eight million copies worldwide, becoming the sixth biggest-selling album by a female artist and the second biggest-selling album by a female R&B artist. The singles "You Don't Know My Name" and "If I Ain't Got You" both reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the third single, "Diary", entered the top ten. The fourth single, "Karma", was less successful on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number twenty. "If I Ain't Got You" became the first single by a female artist to remain on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for over a year.

Keys won Best R&B Video for "If I Ain't Got You" at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards; she performed the song and "Higher Ground" with Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder. The following year, she won her second consecutive award for Best R&B Video for the video "Karma". Keys performed "If I Ain't Got You" and then joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones in a rendition of "Georgia on My Mind", the Hoagy Carmichael song made famous by Ray Charles in 1960 at the 2005 Grammy Awards. That evening, she won four Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Ain't Got You", Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name", Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for "My Boo" with Usher. She was also nominated for Album of the Year for The Diary of Alicia Keys, Song of the Year for "If I Ain't Got You", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Toné!), and Best R&B Song for "My Boo".

Keys performed and taped her installment of the MTV Unplugged series in July 2005 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. During this session, Keys added new arrangements to her original songs such as "A Woman's Worth" and "Heartburn", and performed a few choice covers. Part of Keys' audience also included her guest performers; she collaborated with rappers Common and Mos Def on "Love It or Leave It Alone", reggae artist Damian Marley on "Welcome to Jamrock", and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine on a cover of The Rolling Stones' 1971 "Wild Horses". The album's lead single, "Unbreakable", peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It remained at number one on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay for 11 weeks.

The session was released on CD and DVD in October 2005. Simply titled Unplugged, the album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with 196,000 units sold in its first week of release. The album sold one million copies in the United States, where it was certified Platinum by the RIAA, and two million copies worldwide. The debut of Keys' Unplugged was the highest for an MTV Unplugged album since Nirvana's 1994 MTV Unplugged in New York and the first Unplugged by a female artist to debut at number one. Keys received five nominations at the 2006 Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Unbreakable", Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Was Your Woman", Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for her rendition of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's classic "If This World Were Mine" with Jermaine Paul, Best R&B Song for "Unbreakable", and Best R&B Album. She went on to win three NAACP Image Awards that same year: Outstanding Song and Outstanding Music Video for "Unbreakable" and Outstanding Female Artist. She was also received the Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In October 2006, she played the voice of Mommy Martian in the "Mission to Mars" episode of the children's television series The Backyardigans, in which she sang an original song, "Almost Everything Is Boinga Here".

Keys made her film debut in early 2007 in the crime film Smokin' Aces, co-starring as an assassin named Georgia Sykes opposite Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Common, Andy García, Taraji P. Henson, Jeremy Piven and Ryan Reynolds. Keys received much praise from her co-stars in the film; Reynolds said that Keys was "so natural" and that she would "blow everybody away". In the same year, Keys earned further praise for her second film, The Nanny Diaries, based on the 2002 novel of the same name by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. She co-starred alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. She also guest starred as herself in the "One Man Is an Island" episode of the drama series Cane.

As I Am was released in November 2007 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 742,000 copies in its first week. It gained Keys her largest first week sales of her career and became her fourth consecutive number one album, tying her with Britney Spears for the most consecutive number-one debuts on the Billboard 200 by a female artist. The week became the second largest sales week of 2007 and the largest sales week for a female solo artist since singer Norah Jones' album Feels like Home in 2004. The album sold nearly four million copies in the United States and has been certified three times Platinum by the RIAA. It has sold nearly six million copies worldwide. Keys received five nominations for As I Am at the 2008 American Music Award and ultimately won two. The album's lead single, "No One", peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, becoming Keys' third and fifth number-one single on each chart, respectively.. The album's second single, "Like You'll Never See Me Again", was released in late 2007 and peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The album's third single, "Teenage Love Affair", peaked at number three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. She released the fourth single, "Superwoman", which peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number twelve on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

In a 2008 interview with Blender magazine, Keys allegedly said "'Gangsta rap' was a ploy to convince black people to kill each other, 'gangsta rap' didn't exist" and went on to say that it was created by "the government." The magazine also claimed she said that Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were "essentially assassinated, their beefs stoked by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing." Keys later wrote a statement clarifying the issues and saying her words were misinterpreted. Later that year, Keys was criticized by anti-smoking campaigners after billboard posters for her forthcoming concerts in Indonesia featured a logo for the A Mild cigarette brand sponsored by tobacco firm Philip Morris. She apologized after discovering that the concert was sponsored by the firm and asked for "corrective actions." In response, the company withdrew its sponsorship.

Keys began playing classical music on the piano at the age of seven. She majored in choir at the age of 12 and began writing songs at the age of 14. Being an accomplished pianist, she incorporates piano on majority of her songs and often writes about love, heartbreak and female empowerment. She was inspired by several musicians, including Prince, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones. Keys' style is rooted in gospel and vintage soul music, supplemented by bass and programmed drumbeats. She heavily incorporates classical piano with R&B, soul and jazz into her music, but began experimenting with genres, including pop and rock, in her third studio album, As I Am. Patrick Huguenin of the New York Daily News stated that her incorporation of classical piano riffs contributed to her breakout success. Jet magazine states she "thrives" by touching her fans with "piano mastery, words and melodious voice". The Independent described her style as consisting of "crawling blues coupled with a hip-hop backbeat", noting that her lyrics "rarely stray from matters of the heart".

Having a contralto vocal range, critics call Keys' voice strong, raw and impassioned. Others feel that her voice is emotionally manufactured at times. Keys' songwriting is often criticized for lack of depth, calling her writing abilities limited. Her lyrics have been called generic, clichéd and that her songs are simple and revolve around generalities. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune feels that she " around for multi-format hits rather than trying to project any sort of artistic vision". Gregory Stephen Tate of The Village Voice, on the other hand, compared Keys' writing and production to 1970s music.

Joanna Hunkin of The New Zealand Herald reviewed one of Keys' performances, where Kylie Minogue also attended. She described Minogue's reaction to Keys' performance, saying "it was obvious she was just as much of a fan as the 10,000 other people at Vector Arena". She went on to say that Minogue was "the original pop princess bowing down to the modern-day queen of soul". Hunkin characterized Keys' opening performance as a "headbanging, hip-gyrating performance" and her energy as "high-octane energy most bands save for their closing finale". At the end of her two-hour performance, fans "screamed, stomped and begged for a second encore". Hillary Crosley and Mariel Concepcion of Billboard magazine noted that her shows are "extremely coordinated" with the audience's attention span "consistently maintained". The show ended with a standing ovation and Keys "proved that a dynamic performance mixed with superior musicianship always wins".

In 2004, Keys released her novel Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, a collection of unreleased poems from her journals and lyrics. The title derives from one of her poems, "Love and Chains" from the line: "I don't mind drinking my tears for water." She said the title is the foundation of her writing because "everything I have ever written has stemmed from my tears of joy, of pain, of sorrow, of depression, even of question". The book sold over $500,000 and made The New York Times bestseller list in 2005.

Keys opened a recording studio in Long Island, New York called The Oven Studios, which she co-owns with her production and songwriting partner Kerry "Krucial" Brothers. The studio was designed by renowned studio architect John Storyk of WSDG, designer of Jimi Hendrix' Electric Lady Studios. Keys and Brothers are the co-founders of KrucialKeys Enterprises, a production and songwriting team who assisted Keys in creating her award-winning albums as well as create music for other artists.

Keys and manager Jeff Robinson signed a film production deal to develop live-action and animated projects with Disney. Their first film will be a remake of the 1958 comedy Bell, Book and Candle and will star Keys as a witch who casts a love spell to lure a rival's fiancé. Keys and Robinson also formed a television production company called Big Pita. Their first project will be a UPN television series inspired by Keys' experiences as a biracial child growing up in New York. Keys will be an executive producer of the series and has received a script commitment from the network. Keys and Robinson will develop live-action and animated projects from their company, Big Pita and Little Pita, with Keys as producer, thespian, banner spearheading soundtrack and music supervision.

She starred in "Fresh Takes", a commercial micro-series created by Dove Go Fresh, which premiered during The Hills on MTV from March to April 2008. The premiere celebrated the launch of new Dove Go Fresh. She also signed a deal as spokesperson with Glacéau's VitaminWater to endorse the product, and was in an American Express commercial for the "Are you a Cardmember?" campaign.

Throughout her career, Keys has been rumored to be romantically involved with Kerry Brothers, Jr.; other times, she has been portrayed as lesbian. In response, she said, "I will never come clean on my private life. I don't think anybody deserves to know, except myself and the person that I love and the people that I love." After Swizz Beatz announced his separation from his wife, rumors began to circulate that he committed infidelity with Keys. He later dismissed the rumors, stating that he and his wife were "moving on". She has expressed her feelings with regard to starting a family after the age of 30: "I want to give myself the opportunity to grow as a woman and as someone creative." She is also an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Keys is the co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit organization that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa. Keys and U2 lead singer Bono recorded a cover version of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's "Don't Give Up", in recognition of World AIDS Day 2005. Keys and Bono's version of the song was retitled "Don't Give Up (Africa)" to reflect the nature of the charity it was benefiting. She visited African countries such as Uganda, Kenya and South Africa to promote care for children affected by AIDS. Her work in Africa was documented in the documentary Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland and was available in April 2008.

Keys has also donated to Frum tha Ground Up, a non-profit organization that aids children and teenagers with scholarships. She performed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the worldwide Live 8 concerts to raise awareness of the poverty in Africa and to pressure the G8 leaders to take action. In 2005, Keys performed on ReAct Now: Music & Relief and Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, two benefit programs that raised money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. In July 2007, Keys and Keith Urban performed The Rolling Stones' 1969 song "Gimme Shelter" at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at the American leg of the Live Earth concerts.

Keys performed Donny Hathaway's 1973 song "Someday We'll All Be Free" at the America: A Tribute to Heroes televised benefit concert following the September 11 attacks. She participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert which took place at the Oslo Spektrum in Oslo, Norway, on December 11, 2007, along with other various artists. She also recorded a theme song for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. She joined Joss Stone and Jay-Z on the effort, which served as a theme song for Obama's campaign.

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List of awards and nominations received by Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter, pianist, cellist and actress. She graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan as valedictorian at the age of sixteen in three years. Although accepted to Columbia University, she dropped out four weeks later to pursue her musical career when she was signed to Columbia Records. Her first album, Songs in A Minor, was released on June 5, 2001. It spawned four singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100: "Fallin'", "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" and "Girlfriend". The album was certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Keys' second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released on December 2, 2003. It spawned four singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100: "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", "Diary" and "Karma". The album was certified four times Platinum by the RIAA.

Keys' first live album (third overall), Unplugged, was released on December 2, 2003 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA. It produced two singles, "Unbreakable", which reached the Billboard Hot 100, and "Every Little Bit Hurts". Keys' third album (fourth overall), As I Am was released on December 2, 2003. It spawned four singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100: "No One", "Like You'll Never See Me Again", "Teenage Love Affair" and "Superwoman". A deluxe edition of that album, entitled As I Am: The Super Edition, was released on November 25, 2008. It generated one single, "Another Way to Die". The album was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

In 2001, Keys received 10 nominations and won 4, including Best New Artist in a Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. In 2002, Keys received 39 nominations and won 22, including Favorite New Artist, Pop/Rock and Favorite New Artist, Soul/R&B at the American Music Awards; Song of the Year for "Fallin'", Best New Arist, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Fallin'", Best R&B Song for "Fallin'" and Best R&B Album for Songs in A Minor at the Grammy Awards. In 2005, Keys received 28 nominations and won 19, including Best R&B Female Artist at the BET Awards; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "My Boo", Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name" and Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys at the Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Keys received 12 nominations and won 3, including Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding song and Outstanding Music Video for "Unbreakable" at the NAACP Image Awards. In 2008, Keys received 30 nominations and won 16, including Best Album, Pop/Rock and Best Album, Soul/R&B for As I Am at the American Music Awards; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "No One" at the Grammy Awards and World's Best Selling R&B Artist at the World Music Awards. Overall, Keys has won 80 awards from 154 nominations.

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark in 1973. Keys has won five awards from twelve nominations.

The ASCAP Awards are held annually by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

The annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards honors the songwriters and publishers of the most performed pop songs. Keys has won two awards.

The annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards honors songwriters and publishers of top R&B, hip hop, and reggae music. Keys has won two awards.

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment. The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on BET. Keys has won three awards from seven nominations.

The BET Pre-Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment. These annually presented awards are presented before the BET Awards and broadcast live on BET. Keys has won two awards.

The BETJ Virtual Awards is an annual awards ceremony to recognize jazz musicians. Keys has been has won one award from three nominations.

The Billboard Music Awards are sponsored by Billboard magazine and is held annually in December. The awards are based on sales data by Nielsen SoundScan and radio information by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. Keys has won ten awards from fifteen nominations.

The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards reflect the performance of recordings on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks. Keys has won six awards.

The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. Keys has been nominated five times.

The ECHO Awards are an annual music award ceremony. Winners are determined by the previous year's sales. Keys has won one award from three nominations.

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Keys has won twelve awards from twenty-four nominations.

The MOBO Awards (an acronym for Music of Black Origin) were established in 1996 by Kanya King. They are held annually in the United Kingdom to recognize artists of any race or nationality performing music of black origin. Keys has been nominated three times.

The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. Keys has won three awards from eight nominations.

The MTV Africa Music Awards, established in 2008, are an annual awards ceremony celebrate the most popular music in Africa. Keys has won one award.

The MTV Europe Music Awards were established in 1994 by MTV Europe to celebrate the most popular music videos in Europe. Keys has won three awards from seven nominations.

The MuchMusic Video Awards is an annual awards ceremony presented by the Canadian music video channel MuchMusic. Keys has been nominated once.

The NAACP Image Awards is an award presented annually by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding people of color in film, television, music and literature. Keys has won thirteen awards from twenty-one nominations.

The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards were established in 1988 and is an annual awards show that honors the year's biggest television, film and music acts, as voted by the people who watch the Nickelodeon cable channel. Keys has been nominated five times.

The People's Choice Awards is an annual awards show recognizing the people and the work of popular culture. Keys has won two awards from five nominations.

The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. Keys has won one award.

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show aired in national broadcast syndication that honors the best in African American music and entertainment established in 1987. Keys has won five awards from eight nominations.

The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards is an awards show that honors the accomplishments of women in the music industry. Keys has won two awards from three nominations.

The Swiss Music Awards is an award show that honors national and international musicians. Keys has won one award.

The Teen Choice Awards is an awards show presented annually by the Fox Broadcasting Company. Keys has been nominated three times.

The World Music Awards was established in 1989 and is an international awards show that annually honors musicians based on their worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Keys has won three awards.

The Vibe Awards are an annual award ceremony that honor hip hop, R&B and soul musicians. Keys has won two awards from four nominations.

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My Boo (Usher and Alicia Keys song)

“My Boo” cover

The song was released as the album's fourth single in 2004. The single stayed on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, making it the third most-successful single from the album after "Yeah!" and "Burn", respectively.

Usher and American R&B/soul singer Alicia Keys had previously collaborated with the remix of Keys' 2004 single "If I Ain't Got You", which was released in the United Kingdom. During the production of Usher's fourth studio album, Confessions, they thought for various female singers to pair him with the song. However, Jermaine Dupri, who co-wrote the song including Usher's number-one hits "Yeah!", "Burn", and "Confessions Part II", felt that he had established good relationship with Keys since she had worked with him and Usher.

Dupri thought of releasing "My Boo" as the fourth single from Confessions once "Confessions Part II" would be leaving the charts. The single was released in the United States as a 12" single on September 21, 2004. It was a double–A side with "Confessions Part II" when it was released in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2004. "My Boo" was re-released in the United Kingdom on January 18, 2005.

The song received mixed reviews from critics. Azeem Ahmad of OMH Media proposed to ban "My Boo" because he felt that the collaboration was a competition among Usher and Alicia Keys "over the hip-pop like beat". Jon Caramanica of Rolling Stone found the duet sentimental.

At the 2005 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals; to which it won the latter and the former was awarded to Alicia Keys' song, "You Don't Know My Name". Usher and Keys won for Best R&B/Soul Single by a Duo or Group during the 2005 Soul Train Music Awards.

In Europe, the single had divided responses. The single reached the top five in United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. It entered the top twenty in France, Finland and Switzerland, and top thirty in Austria.

Directed by music video director Chris Robinson, "My Boo" clip was filmed in a New York City subway. The storyline of the video reflects to what the song is talking about.

The footage starts with Usher watching himself on TV; in a club setting while he sings "Bad Girl", a song from Confessions. He turns the set off, and lies in the sofa, whilst starting to sing the intro of "My Boo". The video then shows him and Alicia Keys in their separate quarters, preparing to head out, while singing their part of the song. Usher eventually steps out on streets of New York; likewise, Keys is riding aback of a taxi. She leaves the taxi and walks down the street, and meet up and in the middle of Times Square, cuddling each other and on the brink of kissing.

The music video debuted on MTV's Total Request Live at number nine on September 16, 2004. It remained on the countdown for twenty-seven days, becoming the only Confession video to chart.

Usher recorded "My Boo" aside from Keys with various female artists. He collaborated with fellow R&B singer Solange who sung Keys' part, although it was widely believed at the time that it was her sister Beyoncé. Brandy and Usher recorded their own version as well, which appeared on her fourth album Afrodisiac. Brandy changed some of the lyrics, singing like having a conversation. However, neither of the two was included in the album. A remix of "My Boo" was also produced, featuring guest vocals from Nelly; however, Keys' part was omitted.

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The Diary of Alicia Keys

The Diary of Alicia Keys cover

The Diary of Alicia Keys is the second studio album by American R&B-soul singer and pianist Alicia Keys, released in the United States on December 2, 2003 by J Records. It earned Keys the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 2005 and was nominated for Album of the Year.

The album includes the hit singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", "Diary", and "Karma". It became Keys' second consecutive number-one debut on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first-week sales of over 618,000 copies. In addition, the album has sold over four million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide. All the four singles from the album cracked the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100, with three of them becoming top ten hits.

Due to the extreme popularity of her debut album, Songs in A Minor, there was a lot of pressure on the album to match or exceed that success.

At the 2005 Grammy Awards, The Diary of Alicia Keys won the award for Best R&B Album and also earned Keys other two awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Ain't Got You" and Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name".

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How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?

“How Come You Don't Call Me” cover

Australian Idol 2005 runner-up Emily Williams performed the song on two occasions. Also, Canadian Idol winner Eva Avila performed "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" on the top two and top six nights of the competition. Judge Farley Flex named her top two night performance of the song his favorite performance on Idol.

Artists who have covered the song include Stephanie Mills (1983), Joshua Redman (1998), Dave McMurray (1999), and most noticeably, Alicia Keys (2001). Also, Roger Cicero recorded the song with Soulounge for the 2004 album Home; a live version by Cicero is included on his 2008 single "Alle Möbel verrückt".

Keys recorded a cover of the song—retitled "How Come You Don't Call Me"—for her debut album, Songs in A Minor (2001). It was released as the album's third and final U.S. single. However, "Girlfriend" was released worldwide following "How Come You Don't Call Me".

On a mixtape, Keys made a part two entitled "I Don't Care (Juiciest)", which samples Mtume's 1983 song "Juicy Fruit"; it was never officially released.

The song's music video, directed by Little X, contains references to Japanese popular culture such as San-X's Buru Buru Dog and Cardcaptor Sakura's Kero-chan, besides Korean character Mashimaro.

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Source : Wikipedia