Alicia Keys can be described as a modern-day Renaissance woman. A 12-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, Keys is also an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of philanthropy and in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the 2001 release of her monumental debut album, Songs in A Minor, Alicia has built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments with more than 30 million albums sold worldwide.
In 2005, she became the first female R&B artist to have three consecutive #1 album debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart. She has received other honors including, eleven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe Awards, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, three BET Awards, fourteen NAACP Image Awards, seven Soul Train Music Awards, two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two People’s Choice Award, one My VH1 Award and in June 2009, Alicia was recognized at the 9th Annual BET Awards with their Humanitarian Award for her charitable and philanthropic efforts around the globe.
In late 2009, Alicia released her fourth studio album, The Element of Freedom, which continued her successful track record, selling 417,000 copies in its first week, hitting the platinum sales mark in one month and spawning the #1 single, “Unthinkable.” She recently wrapped up sold-out U.S. and world tours in support of the album.