Alicia’s big break came in 2001 when she released her debut album “Songs in A Minor,” which not only sold six million copies, but also landed her in the middle of the Grammy’s, sweeping the awards show by taking home five of the coveted Gramophones. Alicia also found great success with her later albums, like “The Diary of Alicia Keys” which landed her four Grammy awards in 2005.
Aside from being a prodigy and well-loved singing diva, Alicia is a fervent activist, often lending her face and fame to groups in support of AIDS research and humanitarian efforts. Alicia is the spokeswoman for Keep a Child Alive-providing AIDS medications to children in Africa and Frum tha Ground Up-providing encouragement and resources to help children succeed in every aspect of life. Alicia has participated in dozens of charity concerts to end poverty in Africa, earn money for Hurricane Katrina victims, raise AIDS awareness and procure trade justice in Africa.
Although Alicia doesn’t bank on her beauty and wouldn’t need to be beautiful to be successful in music or in her activism she has been featured repeatedly on the covers of magazines like Vibe, Vanity Fair, SevenTeen and Teen. She has also been named One of the Most Beautiful people in the world dozens of times by magazines and voting groups like People Magazine-she was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in 2002, FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World-she was on this list in both 2005 and 2006 (in 2005 she was ranked number 95 and in 2006 she was ranked number 65, and finally, VH1’s 100 Sexiest Artists-she was ranked number 99.
So whether you next hear this strong-voiced femme-belle on her newest, sure-to-nab-a-Grammy-award album or making a shout out for the victims of AIDS and natural disasters, Alicia’s spirit and music have a chance to change the world, which is why she paired up with Cingular to offer a hit single, mp3 only ring tone that benefits Keep a Child Alive by 100% proceeds.