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A classically-trained pianist, Keys began composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in The album was critically and commercially successful, producing her first Billboard Hot number-one single "Fallin'" and selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards. Her duet "My Boo" with Usher became her second number-one single in Keys released her first live album, Unplugged , and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one. Sign in or Register. Alicia Keys Born 25 January Performances 4.
Keys began performing at age four and playing piano at age seven, concentrating on classical music and jazz. At age 14 she began composing, and two years later she graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. After attracting the attention of record mogul Clive Davis , she signed to his Arista Records in , and, when Davis formed J Records in , she was one of the first artists to sign with the new label. She won five Grammy Awards in , including those for song of the year and best new artist. That same year she recorded and released Unplugged , an album from the MTV special on which she performed stripped-down versions of past hits, new songs, and covers of songs popularized by Aretha Franklin and by the Rolling Stones. The Grammy-winning Girl on Fire featured a roster of guest producers and vocalists that included Nicki Minaj , Dr. The socially conscious Here was less popular, however.
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