Alicia Keys

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Singer • Songwriter • Pianist

Birth Name: Alicia J Augello-Cook

Birth Date: January 25, 1981

Age: 43 years old

Birth Place: Manhattan, New York

Spouses: Swizz Beatz

One of the most respected R&B musicians of her generation, Alicia Keys first grabbed the attention of audiences with the release of her acclaimed 2001 debut album Songs in A Minor. Born and raised in the New York neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, Keys began studying classical piano at age seven using the Suzuki method, which could sometimes find her practicing up to six hours a day. Though Keys sometimes struggled with the conditions of what was often a difficult neighborhood, she would find a tremendous source of expression in music, writing her first song to help cope with the death of her grandfather at age 13. It was around this same time, while Keys was regularly performing with other teens at local musical events, that she was discovered by manager Jeff Robinson, who allowed the young musician to shadow him throughout his business dealings with artists, lawyers, and executives to give her insight into the workings of the music industry. At 15, Keys signed a recording contract with Columbia Records, which paired her with producers to work on shaping her material as well as her image, but Keys butted heads with most of the musical directives she was given. After purchasing her own recording equipment-which she used to record her songs herself in her Harlem apartment-Keys eventually negotiated out of her contract with Columbia, taking her recordings to Arista Records. There, she eventually released her landmark debut, immediately impressing critics and R&B fans alike with her deft musicality and complex lyrics. She released The Diary of Alicia Keys in 2003 before trying her hand at acting, appearing in the ensemble action film "Smokin' Aces" (2006). Keys released another album, 2007's As I Am, before appearing in "The Nanny Diaries" (2007) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). In 2009, she released The Element of Freedom in addition to appearing as a featured vocalist on the hit Jay-Z track "Empire State of Mind." Though she would take a two-year break following the 2010 birth of her son with her husband, musician Swizz Beats, Keys returned in 2012 with the highly acclaimed album Girl on Fire. She gave birth to a daughter in 2014 before becoming an extremely popular coach on the hit competitive singing show "The Voice" (NBC, 2011-) in 2016, the same year she released the critically lauded album Here. Ever expanding her purview, Keys began executive producing the Viceland docu-series "Hustle" (Viceland, 2019) in 2019.

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Live in LA - Alicia Keys

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2023

Elmo's Holiday Spectacular: The Nutcracker and Other Tales

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2023

Alicia Keys - Buổi diễn tại LA

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2023

Alicia Keys at the BBC

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2023

Live Concert : Alicia Keys

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2023

Alicia Keys' Birthday Beats

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2023

Ukraine: Answering the Call

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2022

Party at the Palace

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2022

Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances

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2022

Clive Davis: Most Iconic Performances

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2022

Retro: Women In Music

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2022

Vibe: R&B Queens

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2022

Fivio Foreign, Kanye West & Alicia Keys: City of Gods

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2022

Vibe: 2000's Rap Hits

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2022

Alicia Keys Live in LA

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2021

iHeartRadio Album Release Party With Alicia Keys

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2021

Noted: Alicia Keys the Untold Stories

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2021

Alicia Keys: Live in LA 2020

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2021

2021 Billboard Music Awards

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2021

2021 Billboard Music Awards

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2021

How It Feels To Be Free

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2021

The Verizon Big Concert for Small Business

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2021

Rock Hall of Fame

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2021

Juicebox: Girls Can

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2021

Retro: Iconic Women

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2021

Alicia Keys: Underdog (Nicky Jam & Rauw Alejandro Remix)

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2021

Alicia Keys feat. Swae Lee: LALA (Unlocked)

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2021

LL Cool J & Jay Z

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2021

Hits!: Top 00s Love Songs

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2021

Alicia Keys Feat. Khalid & Lucky Daye: Come For Me (Unlocked)

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2021

Alicia Keys: Old Memories (Originals)

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2021

Alicia Keys: Only You (Originals)

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2021

Essentials: Jay-Z

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2021

Perfect Together: Greatest Duets

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2021

Alicia Keys: Best Of Me (Originals)

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2021

Resort to LoveStream

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2021
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Mary J Blige's My Life

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2021

A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon ParksStream

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2021
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Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me OverStream

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2021
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Alicia Keys Rocks New Year's Eve

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2020

Alicia Keys Rocks New Year's Eve

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2020

Baloise Session

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2020

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductions

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2020

Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy

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2020

Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy

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2020

2020 Billboard Music Awards

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2020

iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1

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2020

Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special

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2020

The BET Awards 2020

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2020

Coronavirus: Facts and Fears: A CNN Global Town Hall

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2020

Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince

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2020

One World: Together at Home

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2020

Oprah and Alicia Keys: The Interview

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2020

#KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall

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2020

FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America

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2020

The 2020 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

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2020

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

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2020

Alicia Keys: Underdog

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2020

Guest VJ: Mahalia

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2020

Retro: '00s #1 Hits

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2020

Hit List: May 2020

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2020

Alicia Keys: Perfect Way to Die

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2020

Vibe: Old School Back to School

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2020

Alicia Keys Feat. Khalid: So Done

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2020

Alicia Keys: Love Looks Better

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2020

Best of 2020: Hip-Hop/R&B

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2020

Retro: Vintage Valentine

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2020

Guest Curator: Shawn Mendes

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2020

Work It

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2020

Alicia Keys: Time Machine

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2019

The 2019 Global Citizen Festival: A Concert to End Extreme Poverty

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2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

World Beaters

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You

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2019

Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You

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2019

Alicia Keys: Songs I Wish I Wrote (LIVE at the 61st GRAMMYs)

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2019

Alicia Keys: Live at Baloise Session

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2019

iHeartRadio Music Awards

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2019

Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul

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2019

Desus & Mero

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2019

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards

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2019

HUSTLE

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2019

Record Breakers

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2019

Award Announcers

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2019

Alicia Keys: Raise a Man

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2019

Woodstock HipHop

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2019

The Blueprint

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2019

Pedro Capó, Alicia Keys & Farruko: Calma (Alicia Remix)

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2019

The Blueprint 3

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2019

Alicia Keys Feat. Miguel: Show Me Love

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2019

Alicia Keys Feat. 21 Savage & Miguel: Show Me Love

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2019

Vibe: R&B Essentials

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2019

Vibe: R&B Essentials Vol.II

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2019

A Decade of Hits: Vol.I

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2019

Alicia Keys: Show Me Love (Visual Sonic Experience)

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2019

Capital's Jingle Bell Ball

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2018

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

Alicia Keys at Baloise Session

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2018

Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You (Live from iTunes Festival, London, 2012)

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2018

Best of Jay-Z

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2018

Straight Outta NY

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2018

Swizzy vs Tim

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2018

Jessie Reyez's Picks

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2018

Best of Swizzy

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2018

20 Songs To Get You Through Thanksgiving

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2018

Best of Jay-Z

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2018

Alicia Keys - Unplugged

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2017

Alicia Keys: A Woman's Worth

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2017

Carpool Karaoke: The SeriesStream

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2017

WE Day

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2017

Official No.1s! Best R'n'B Hits

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2017

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards

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2017

Alicia Keys -- Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

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2017

Alicia Keys: Illusion of Bliss (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)

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2017

Alicia Keys Feat. Young M.A.: Blended Family (What You Do for Love) (Live on Jimmy Fallon)

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2017

NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly

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2016

Breakthrough Prize

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2016

Taraji's White Hot Holidays

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2016

Masters at Work

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2016

10th Annual ACM Honors

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2016

Today's Take

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2016

Alicia Keys: In Common

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2016

Alicia Keys Feat. A$AP Rocky: Blended Family

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2016

Alicia Keys: The Gospel (Short Film)

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2016

Sinatra 100 -- An All-Star Grammy Concert

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2015

The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

The Late Late Show With James Corden

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2015

EmpireStream

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2015
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Empire Cast Feat. Jussie Smollett and Alicia Keys: Powerful

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2015

A MusiCares Tribute to Paul McCartney

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2014

Alicia Keys Feat. Kendrick Lamar: It's on Again (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Official Video)

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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2014

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute

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2014

Alicia Keys: We Are Here

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2014

Alicia Keys Feat. Kendrick Lamar: It's on Again

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2014

Time Is Illmatic

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2014

2013 Global Citizen Festival: Live From Central Park

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2013

The Queen Latifah Show

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2013

Radio 1 Live Lounge

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2013

We Have a Dream

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2013

Feel the Beat

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2013

Circus HalliGalli

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2013

A Message of Peace: The United Nations Day Concert 2012

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2013

Alicia Keys Feat. Nicki Minaj: Girl on Fire

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2013

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards

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2013

People's Choice Awards 2013

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2013

Alicia Keys: New Day

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2013

Alicia Keys: Tears Always Win

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2013

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and PeteStream

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2013
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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and PeteStream

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2013
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Muscle ShoalsStream

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2013
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12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief

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2012

2012 MTV Europe Music Awards

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2012

Katie

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2012

Stand Up to Cancer

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2012

Steve Harvey

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards

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2012

Sesame Street: Singing with the Stars

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2012

The Conversation With Amanda de Cadenet

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2012

Alicia Keys: Diary of Alicia

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2012

Person to Person

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2012

CBS This Morning

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2012

Alicia Keys Feat. Maxwell: Fire We Make

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2012

Alicia Keys: Brand New Me

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2012

Alicia Keys: Girl on Fire

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2012

Alicia Keys Feat. Nicki Minaj: Girl On Fire

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2012

Alicia Keys: New Day (Viral Video)

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2012

Alicia Keys: Girl On Fire (Inferno Version)

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2012

Firelight

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2012

Keep a Child Alive With Alicia Keys

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2011

Super Soul SundayStream

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2011

The X Factor

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2011

The Jonathan Ross ShowStream

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2011

The BET Awards 2011

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2011

Feel the Beat

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2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

The VoiceStream

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2011

Swizz Beatz Feat. Alicia Keys: International Party

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2011

Five

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2011

Lorraine

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2010

Radio 1s Big Weekend 2010

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2010

Jay Z Feat. Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind

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2010

Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind / You Don't Know my Name Medley (Live at NYU)

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2010

Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You (Live at NYU)

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2010

Alicia Keys: No One (Live at NYU)

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2010

Alicia Keys: Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart (Live at NYU)

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2010

Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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2009

2009 American Music Awards

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2009

The Project

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2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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2009

RuPaul's Drag RaceStream

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2009

Alicia Keys: Un-Thinkable

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2009

Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind

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2009

Alicia Keys: Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart

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2009

Alicia Keys: Unthinkable (I'm Ready)

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2009

Jay-Z Feat. Alicia Keys: Empire State of Mind

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2009

Alejandro Sanz Feat. Alicia Keys: Looking for Paradise

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2009

2008 World Music Awards

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2008

2008 American Music Awards

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

America's Favorite Mom

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2008

Konzert der Baloise Session

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2008

The Secret Life of BeesStream

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2008
59%

Elmo's Christmas Countdown

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2007

My Night at the Grammys

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2007

Alicia Keys: No One

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2007

Lyons & Bailes Reel Talk

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2007

Cane

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2007

Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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2007

Eve ft. Alicia Keys: Gangsta Lovin'

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2007

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Che tempo che fa

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2007

Alicia Keys: Teenage Love Affair

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2007

Alicia Keys: No One

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2007

Alicia Keys: Like You'll Never See Me Again

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2007

Alicia Keys: Superwoman

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2007

Smokin' Aces

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Georgia Sykes
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2007

The Nanny Diaries

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Lynette
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2007

Our World With Black Enterprise

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2006

The One Show

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2006

The One Show

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2006

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2006

Cham Feat. Alicia Keys: Ghetto Story Chapter 2

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2006

We Are Together

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2006

The Colbert Report

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2005

Made in Hollywood

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2005

The Tyra Show

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2005

Entertainment Tonight Canada

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2005

ET Canada

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2005

Dancing With the StarsStream

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2005

Alicia Keys: Unbreakable

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2005

Alicia Keys: Unbreakable (MTV Unplugged)

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2005

Usher Part. Alicia Keys: My Boo

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2004

Tavis Smiley

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2004

Usher Feat. Alicia Keys: My Boo

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2004

Usher Feat. Alicia Keys: My Boo

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2004

Alicia Keys Feat. Tony! Toni! Toné! & Jermaine Paul: Diary

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2004

Alicia Keys: You Don't Know My Name

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2003

Urban Style

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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2003

America's Next Top ModelStream

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2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

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2003

American IdolStream

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2003
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American IdolStream

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2003
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Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You

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2003

Alicia Keys: Karma

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2003

Alicia Keys: You Don't Know My Name

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American Dreams

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2002
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Banzai

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2002

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

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2001

The Proud FamilyStream

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2001

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration

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2001

Alicia Keys: Fallin'

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2001

Alicia Keys: How Come You Don't Call Me

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2001

Alicia Keys: A Woman's Worth

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2001

106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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2000

The Early Show

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1999

The View

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The View

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Access Hollywood

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Extra

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Late Night With Conan O'Brien

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1993

Late Show With David Letterman

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Late Show With David Letterman

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The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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Entertainment Tonight

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CBS News Sunday Morning

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Good Morning America

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Good Morning America

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Saturday Night LiveStream

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Sesame StreetStream

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News aboutAlicia Keys

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Super Bowl 2024: Who Should Join Usher in the Halftime Show? (POLL)

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‘Claim to Fame’: Alicia Keys’ Brother Cole Speaks Out After Revenge Elimination

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Who’s the Most Successful Coach From ‘The Voice’? A Ranking

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 14 Cast, Season Trailer

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: J.Lo, Lizzo & More to Join Season 14 (VIDEO)

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Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters & More Must-See MTV VMAs Performances (VIDEO)

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Amazon Announces ‘Regular Heroes’ Docuseries About Stories From the Frontlines of COVID-19

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12 ‘iHeart Living Room Concert for America’ Highlights (VIDEO)

Oprah Winfrey

OWN Launches #ALittleLight Initiative with Oprah & More Network Stars (VIDEO)

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Best Lines of the Week (Jan. 23 – 30): ‘The Wave Returns to the Ocean’

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Grammys 2020: Alicia Keys & Boyz II Men Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant (VIDEO)

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Grammy Awards 2019: How Did Alicia Keys Do as Host? (POLL)

Alicia Keys at Variety's Power Of Women: New York

Alicia Keys to Host the Grammy Awards 2019 on CBS — How Will She Do? (POLL)

Alicia Keys - The Voice - Season 12

Alicia Keys Returns for Season 14 of ‘The Voice’

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‘The Voice’ Coaches on Their Soaring Season 12: ‘They’re Killing Right Now!’

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‘The Voice’ Coaches Really Love…the ’90s?! (VIDEO)

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NBC Announces Jimmy Fallon as Golden Globe Host, Adds Olympic Previews of ‘Superstore’ and ‘The Voice’

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Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys Join ‘The Voice’ as Coaches on Season 11

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‘Empire’ Sex Scandal: Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett Defend That Shocking Hook-Up

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Alicia Keys, John Legend and List of Star Performers Will Shine a Light on ‘Race in America’

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Pitbull Is the Latest Star to Join ‘Empire’