The artist releases her single, Fallin’, from her album, Songs In A Minor.
There were so many people who didn’t believe in it, because it went so much against the state of radio at the time. And just the journey of writing it -- about how when you love someone but you’re in and out, the struggle… When I sing it, I remember the years and years it took to get to a place where people would hear it, and I’m just so grateful.
Alicia Keys performs Fallin during the Grammy Awards show to promote her album Songs In A Minor.
The artist releases her single, A Woman’s Worth, from her album, Songs In A Minor. The video is shot in Brooklyn near the area that Keys grew up.
Keys wins the Grammy for Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song for Fallin’, and Best R&B Album for Songs In A Minor.
The artist releases You Don’t Know My Name, featuring West, from The Diary Of Alicia Keys. Keys:
It was the first time that I ever worked with at the time a kind of relatively unknown guy named Kanye West. He was this really excited guy. He had this song out called Through The Wire.He’s always been a super passionate guy.
The artist releases If I Ain’t Got You, from The Diary Of Alicia Keys.
The song idea came together right after Aaliyah passed away. It was such a sad time and no one wanted to believe it. It just made everything crystal clear to me -- what matters, and what doesn’t.
Keys speaks about why she left Columbia Records in an interview for O Magazine.
Once I saw that these people were completely disrespecting my musical creativity. I was devastated and crushed, like a blooming flower that’s trampled on. Nothing hurts more. I’m fortunate that my manager was confident. Some of our incredible legends will die with nothing. They were jerked.
Keys and Usher perform My Boo at the American Music Awards for album Confessions.
Keys wins the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for If I Ain’t Got You, and Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys.
Keys and Usher wins the Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for My Boo.
Keys and West wins the Grammy for Best R&B Song for You Don’t Know My Name.
Keys releases As I Am, her second studio album. Popular hits on this album includes No One which was Keys first single, followed by Like You’ll Never See Me Again, Teenage Love Affair, and Superwoman. As I Am sold over five million copies worldwide. Keys collaborated with John Mayer, Linda Perry, and Jack Splash.
Even when I’m singing on record there’s a lot of times when I’ll fight for a bit of imperfection. I might not have quite hit the note to the perfect pitch but there was a soul in there and feeling that, to me, delivers the emotion of that moment. For me, doing a show, the excitement of singing live, and the possibility that you’re not gonna be perfect – that’s the thrill of it.
The artist releases her single, No One, from her album, As I Am.
No One is really talking about the way that in relationships, so many things are around you all the time to try to distract you. And even though people may talk and say whatever they may want to say, but then no one can get in the way of this.
The artist releases her single, Like You’ll Never See Me Again, from her album, As I Am. Keys explains the song is:
about living every moment as if it’s your last. Because if it’s our last time to say, ‘I love you,’ then let it be that we didn’t forget that.
Keys wins the Grammys for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for No One.
The artist releases her single, Superwoman, from her album, As I Am.
A Superwoman is a woman who has incredible dreams, incredible ambitions, all the things she wants to do, but she also knows how to take care of herself.
White and Keys debut their collaborative theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, Quantum of Solace. The duo trade vocals on the track. A portion of the song is featured in an ad for Coke Zero.
Keys wins the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for Superwoman.
The artist releases Doesn’t Mean Anything, from her album, The Element Of Freedom.
The sound of it is very different -- it almost feels like you’re flying. It takes you there. It has that piano, heavy-drum feeling. But the song touches you in this way. You dream of having all these things, you dream of going all these places. But what’s the point of doing that, having that, if the one you want to be there isn’t with you? Even though that sounds like a heavy feeling, the sound of it, it makes you feel inspired. To find where you’re going and be there with the people that you love -- what else is life, really?
Keys performs If I Ain’t Got You at the Grammy Awards from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys.
The artist releases Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart, from The Element Of Freedom.
I just love that song. I’m excited about that song as I just love the way it’s pushing things forward. It’s a great representation of where I am now. I can play it with tons of music behind me or I can play it with just the piano. Either way it touches, you get it. I’m so very excited by that record.
Keys and Jay-Z performs Empire State of Mind at the American Music Awards from the album The State of Freedom.
Keys performs Broken Heart during the American Music Awards show, promoting her album, The Element Of Freedom.
Keys and Beatz are pregnant with their first child. This is the the first child for Keys and the 3rd for Beatz.
The artist releases Un-thinkable (I’m Ready), featuring vocals from Drake, from The Element Of Freedom. Drake:
They reached out and she said she really wanted me to do something on her project. But she wanted me to do me, not do an Alicia Keys record. And man, she gave me one of the best studio experiences of my life.I came in there and instead of being like, ‘Here’s the beat, get to work,’ she was just like, ‘Play me your favorite songs and lets battle.’ It’s almost like the transition from [listening to] great music to making a song -- like, no one even noticed it, because she started playing the keys and I just started writing the melodies.
Keys and Beatz get married on the French island of Corsica. The pregnant bride wears a white one-shoulder Vera Wang gown and the groom is in a Tom Ford tuxedo and Christian Louboutin Oxfords.
Keys and husband Swizz Beatz welcome their first child together. His name is Egypt Daoud Dean.
Jay-Z and Keys wins Grammys for Best Rap-Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song for Empire State Of Mind.
Keys releases the cover art for her fifth studio album Girl On Fire.
I have arrived at a place in myself that I am comfortable being exactly who I am in this moment and sharing it with no reservations.
The artist releases Girl On Fire, from her album with the same title.
I wrote this way before The Hunger Games came out, but they did approach me to do a song for it -- the timing just didn’t work out.
Keys performs You Dont Know My Name at the iTunes Music Festival from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys.
Keys performs No One at the iTunes Music Festival from the album As I Am.
Keys performs Karma at the iTunes Music Festival from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys.
Keys performs New Day from the iTunes Music Festival from the album Girl On Fire.
Keys performs If I Ain’t Got You at the iTunes Music Festival from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys.
Keys performs Unthinkable at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Element of Freedom.
Keys performs Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart at the iTunes Music Festival from the album The Diary of Alicia Keys.
Keys performs I Need You at the iTunes Music Festival from the album As I Am.
Keys performs Brand New Me at the iTunes Music Festival from the album Girl on Fire.
The artist releases Brand New Me, from her album, Girl On Fire.
Brand New Me is about the journey it takes to get to a place where you are proud to be a new you. There is nothing wrong with growing. There may be people in your life that knew you for a long time and they think of you only as the person you used to be and not the person you now are.
And this song is a conversation introducing them to the new you. Where nothing can hold you back and no one can hold you down.
Keys appears on the cover of Essence magazine to discuss her work-life balance and Hurricane Sandy.
It’s okay if I can’t do every single thing. I finally understand that it doesn’t make me a lesser artist or human being.
On being unprepared for Hurricane Sandy:
After the third or fourth tuna fish sandwich, and after we learned we’d be without power for a week, I called my mother, who lives Uptown. She was okay and hadn’t lost any power, so we ended up going to her house. We were pretty lucky.
Keys performs No One during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her album As I Am.
Keys performs Girl On Fire during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her album Girl On Fire.
Keys performs New Day during The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her album Girl On Fire.
Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 perform Girl On Fire and Daylight during the Grammy Award show. The duet promotes Keys album Girl On Fire and Maroon 5 album Overexposed.
The artist releases New Day, from her album, Girl On Fire.
A new day is the possibility to choose how to create the life of your dreams and letting no one to stop you.
Keys speaks about her childhood in New York, her first time knowing what she wanted to do in life, and her first record deal. She expands into her adult life about her career, her love for her son and her husband. She contributes her success on always staying true to herself.
He’s just bubbling over with life
The artist releases her single, Fire We Make, featuring Maxwell, from her album, Girl On Fire.
The artist releases her single, Tears Always Win, from her album, Girl On Fire.
Tears Always Win is really about a relationship that’s over and you’re remembering all the times that it was there. You’re remembering all the ways they filled your space and now that it’s not there. You’re telling yourself you don’t need them, but you’re missing them and you’re crying about it.