Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981
), known professionally as Alicia Keys,
is an American
R&B singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actress.
Keys' debut album, Songs in A Minor
, was a commercial success, selling over 12 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
" becoming the second American
to win five Grammys in one night.
Her second studio album The Diary of Alicia Keys
, was released in 2003 and
was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies.
The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005.
Later that year, she released her first live album Unplugged
which debuted at number one in the United States.