kids encyclopedia robot

Alicia Keys facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys 2011.jpg
Alicia Keys in 2011
Background information
Birth name Alicia Augello Cook
Also known as Lellow
Born (1981-01-25) January 25, 1981 (age 41)
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Actress, musician, pianist, record producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments Piano, vocals, keyboards
Years active 1996–present
Labels Arista, Columbia, J Records, RCA
Associated acts Swizz Beatz, Usher, Beyoncé Knowles, [Kerry Brothers, Jr.], [Maxwell (musician)|Maxwell]

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American R&B singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over forty-one million albums and singles worldwide as of 2007, and has won numerous awards, including fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and fourteen NAACP Image Awards.

Early life

Keys was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her birth name is Alicia Augello Cook. She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her mother is of half Italian and half English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and her father is of African American ancestry. Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her mixed race heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".

Musical Styles

Alicia Keys is half Black, half White. She identifies herself as African American. She grew up in a Black neighborhood. Her music has primarily jazz, blues or piano interludes.


  • 2001: Songs in A Minor
  • 2003: The Diary of Alicia Keys
  • 2007: As I Am
  • 2009: The Element of Freedom
  • 2012: Girl on Fire
Live albums
  • Unplugged (2005)


Alicia Keys @ Tokyo Summer Sonic 2008 01
Keys at Tokyo Summer Sonic 2008.
Year Title Number of
2001/2002 Songs in A Minor Tour 58
2004 Verizon Ladies First Tour 25
2005 The Diary Tour 36
2008 As I Am Tour 94
2010 The Freedom Tour 50
2011 Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys 5


List of television and movies credits
Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Cosby Show Maria "Slumber Party" (Season 1, Episode 22)
2001 Charmed P3 VIP Patron (uncredited) "Size Matters" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2001—2010 Saturday Night Live Herself / Musical Guest "Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys" (Season 27, Episode 1)
"Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys" (Season 35, Episode 11)
2003 American Dreams Fontella Bass "Rescue Me" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2003 The Proud Family Herself (voice) "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Season 3, Episode 46)
2005 Sesame Street Herself Episode #36.26 (Season 36, Episode 26)
2006 The Backyardigans Mommy Martian (voice) "Mission to Mars" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2007 Cane Herself "One Man Is an Island" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown Herself Christmas television special
2007 Smokin' Aces Georgia Sykes Debut film
2007 The Nanny Diaries Lynette
2008 Dove: Fresh Takes Alex Lead role
2008 The Secret Life of Bees June Boatwright Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2011 Five Director Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award
2012 Firelight Executive Producer

Images for kids

kids search engine
Alicia Keys Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.