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All About Alicia Keys

Venture through Alicia Keys' career with these photos!

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    Alicia Augello Cook was born on January 25, 1981, in New York, NY and began piano lessons at age 7.
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    Alicia Keys is tri-racial; she comes from Irish, Italian, and Jamaican descent.
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    Alicia did so well in school that she was able to graduate early - at the age of 16.
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    After graduating from the Professional Performance Arts School, she signed a deal with Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records.
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    Keys was enrolled at Columbia University but later dropped out to pursue her dream of a music career.
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    Alicia's debut album Songs in A Minor went platinum five times over and earned her five Grammys.
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    As of right now she has over 12 Grammy wins, 6 AMAs and 13 NAACP awards to her name.
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    The success of Alicia's song "Fallin'" lead to great anticipation for the album, which debuted at #1 and stayed there for 3 weeks, even beating out P. Diddy.
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    22 of her songs have been on the Billboard Hot 100 and total 424 weeks on the chart.
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    Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and earned her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005.
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    Alicia is a co-founder of Keep a Child Alive which is a non-profit organization that provides medical resources for those living in Africa with HIV/AIDS.
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    Alicia Keys sang a cover version of "Don't Give Up" along with Bono for the World AIDS Day in 2005.
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    In 2012, Keep a Child Alive's Black Ball raised more than $1.3 million dollars for people in Africa living with HIV/AIDS.
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    Alicia Keys & Kasseem Dean a.k.a. Swizz Beats had rumors swirling in 2008 about a possible relationship, she even threw him a surprise birthday party at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, but they didn't make the relationship public until 2009.
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    Alicia & Swizz were married in July of 2010.
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    Swizz & Alicia welcomed their first son, Egypt Daoud Dean in October 2010.
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    Alicia and family frequent New York Knicks NBA games.
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    In 2006, Alicia ran a whole marathon in Athens, Greece.
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    Keys was included in People Magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" list in April 2007.
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    In 2009 Alicia & Jay-Z teamed up to make the New York anthem "Empire State of Mind".
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    Alicia & Whitney Houston were extremely close. Houston even visited Keys when she was pregnant.
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    She has been friends with Beyonce since she was 13.
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    Alicia's worst habit is cracking her neck.
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    Alicia Keys admits that she really enjoys swimming and at one time trained to participate in the Olympics.
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    In 2011 Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston, & Demi Moore collaborated on the Lifetime film series "Five" featuring women & their stories and struggles with cancer.
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    Once considered to call herself Alicia Wild, before later came up with her last name Keys.
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    Alicia has been known to carry a pink bunny on the road with her to remind her not to take life so serious.
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