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10 Fun Facts about Alicia Keys


Alicia Keys has been the face of R&B since the early 2000s.  With 9 Grammys and singles that consistently top the charts, Alicia Keys is a familiar face in the music industry, but how much do you really know about the talented vocalist?



Alicia Keys attended Manhattan’s Professional Performance Arts School and studied choir.  Due to her excellent academic standing, she graduated at the age of 16.  She was accepted into Columbia University on full scholarship, but after 4 weeks left the school to pursue her music career.



Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook  to Teresa Augello, a paralegal and actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant.  Her parents separated when she was two, which led to her being raised by her mother who encouraged Keys to play the piano.  Along with considering herself African American, Keys is of Italian, Irish, and Scottish descent.



Keys wrote her first song at the age of 14.  It was featured on her first album Songs in A Minor and is called “Butterflyz”.



Keys has stated that her worst habit is that she often cracks her neck.  “I crack my neck. Everyone tells me I better be careful because I might break it.”



Alicia Keys admits that she really enjoys swimming and at one time trained to participate in the Olympics.



Alicia’s first public performance was in a production of The Wizard of Oz at the age of four.


Key’s second single from her debut album Songs in A Minor was orginally written by Prince.  It is called “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore.”



Before choosing Keys as her stage name, Alicia wanted to use the name Wilde.  Her manager suggested the name Keys after a dream he had.  Alicia agreed that Keys better fit her as a performer and a person



Alicia Keys is well-known for keeping her private life private.  However, Swizz Beatz announced in May 2009 that he and Alicia were together.  They married on July 31, 2010 on the island of Corsica and had their first child on October 14.



Key’s fifth studio album, which releases on November 27th, was created by Keys as a way to “liberate” and “empower” her fans.

Mackenzie is an Alabama native attending NYU and studying Journalism and Dramatic Literature. She hopes to one day live in London and write for the BBC.