Professionally known as Alicia Keys, Alicia Augello-Cook Dean is an American singer, musician, composer, pianist and actress. She started making songs by age 12, and at 15 years of age she was signed by Columbia Records. After a couple of disputes with the label, she moved on to sign with Arista Records, and later released her first album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001. The album was commercially successful, producing her first ever Billboard Hot 100 number-one single Fallin’ and selling more than 16 million copies worldwide, thus, becoming the first source of Alicia Keys net worth. The album earned Alicia Keys 5 Grammy Awards in 2002 alone.
Her second album, titled The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was equally a critical and commercial success, with successful singles Diary, If I Ain’t Got You, and You Don’t Know My Name and selling 8 million copies worldwide. The album won her an additional 4 Grammy Awards. Her duet with Usher My Boo became her second number one single in 2004. In 2005, Keys released Unplugged, her first live album, and became the first woman ever to have an MTV Unplugged-album debut at number one. Alicia Keys has been honored as the host of the Grammys twice in a row (2019-2020).
Alicia Augello-Cook Dean was born on January 25 1981, in New York, United States. She is the only child of Craig Cook and Teresa Augello. Her father Craig Cook, a flight attendant, is African-American while her mother Teresa Augello, an actress, is of Sicilian and either Irish or Scottish descent. Her father left the family when she was 2 and she was raised by her single mother during her formative years.
Alicia Keys enrolled at the Professional Performing Arts School when she was 12, and graduated at the age of 16 as valedictorian.
Professional Life & Career
Alicia Keys started making songs by age 12, and was offered her first deal at 15 years of age by Columbia Records. However, her musical career began properly in 2001 when she released her debut album with J Records. The album created a worldwide sensation immediately upon its release and sold over 6.2 million copies in the U.S. and 12 million copies globally, making the then 20-year-old an internationally popular singing star, and eventually added significant value to Alicia Keys net worth. She followed up this feat with the release of another album which also performed well commercially.
Satisfied by her success so far, Alicia Keys shifted focus to acting and had her time on several films and television series, including Smokin’ Aces, Empire, Cane, We are together, and several others.
Alicia Keys continued with her music from where she left off, in 2009, with an album The Element of Freedom, and another, Girl On Fire in 2012. She has been focused on film production as a producer, as well as featuring in commercials for top brands like Nike, Samsung, HP, American Express, Reebok, Givenchy, and several others which also contribute to Alicia Keys net worth.
Alicia Keys Albums
The following are the seven albums of Alicia Keys so far:
- Songs in A Minor (2001)
- The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
- As I Am (2007)
- The Element of Freedom (2009)
- Girl on Fire (2012)
- Here (2016)
- Alicia (2020)
Awards & Achievements
Alicia Keys is a multiple award winner who has won several awards from numerous nominations. She is renowned as a 17 time NAACP Image Award winner, and has collected a total of 15 Grammy Awards so far in her still active career. Her achievements speak volumes on her behalf. She has recorded sales of over 30 million singles and 35 million albums worldwide.
Alicia Keys Net Worth
Having sold more than 35 million albums and 30 million singles across the world in a career that has lasted 20 years and still counting, Alicia Keys net worth is quite a lot considering all her accomplishments as a singer, actress, film producer, and brand ambassador. As at the time of this publication, Alicia Keys net worth is roughly $150 million, with room for more from her Annual income in her lucrative profession.
Alicia Keys net worth enables her live a very luxurious life. She drives a Lotus Evora GTE estimated at $150,000. She reportedly owns a Bubble Hill home which she bought from Eddie Murphy for $12 million. The house is considered one of the most lavish houses in New Jersey where it is located.
Alicia Keys Personal Life
Alicia Keys is a married woman. She is married to the popular American hip hop recording artist and producer Swizz Beatz. They got married in 2010 and have lived together quietly since then without causing any big buzz about their relationship on the media. They’ve been blessed with two lovely children, Genesis Ali Dean and Egypt Daoud Dean, who all live together in New York City.
Before her marriage, Alicia Keys was in a number of relationships. She was romantically involved with popular singer Justin Timberlake in 2002, before having a low profile relationship with famous music producer and long time friend Kerry Brothers Jr. until 2008.
Everything points to Alicia Keys being a satisfied woman. She is currently enjoying her marriage to Swizz Beats as there are no reports that suggests otherwise. She has achieved so much for herself personally, earning awards and worldwide recognition for the success she has achieved in her trade.