Alicia Keys

Alicia keys named Personality of the Year by Examiner    ·    December 10th, 2008

According to EXAMINER Alicia keys is personality of the year the have a very interesting article on Alicia as well as an Interview. And from this interview i got to know that Alicia’s song is featured as a soundtrack for the movie Secret Life of Bees and the song is no other than Dont Chu Know (Sky is Blue), which can be gotten from Alicia keys rereleased album AS I AM Super Edition.

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Few recording artists today have the incredible staying – and selling — power like that of Alicia Keys.Instantly setting herself apart from her rump-shaking contemporaries upon her 2001 debut, Keys’ smooth blend of old school soul and rhythm & blues continues to court global favor. With 11 Grammy awards on her shelf, as well as more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, the musical life of Ms. Keys is without compare. So, why the eagerness to extend her artistic reach into acting where so many others have been met with deaf ears? The answers were direct and simple.

JORGE CARREON: It can be said that each of the woman in “The Secret Life of Bees” represents a different facet of what it is to be a woman. Would you agree with that?

ALICIA KEYS: I would. I really do see the many variations of beautiful women in this film. They come in all styles, shapes, sizes, colors and all types of pasts; things that we’re recovering from and going through and embracing. So I do agree. read all here

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Kylie Prefers Alicia and AK and Jack White nominated again.    ·    December 10th, 2008

Another way to die was nominated for Best song in the 2009 Critics Choice Awards. Congrats to Alicia.

Kylie Minogue is said to have turned down an invitation to watch David Beckham play football.The LA Galaxy star, 33, offered the singer seats for a match in Auckland, New Zealand.But insiders say Kylie, 40, decided to watch Alicia Keys perform at the Vector Arena instead.
Kylie loves David and is a mate of Victoria,’ a pal tells The Sun.
‘But she so rarely gets to see top-name performers in action that she jumped at the chance to see Alicia.’

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Alicia @ TSB Arena, Sunday, December 7    ·    December 8th, 2008

Since her debut solo album in 2001, Alicia Keys has moved away from the straight piano r’n'b balladry that had her pegged as a successor to Aretha Franklin.

She now prowls the stage like a cross between Beyonce and Janet Jackson.

The last seven years have been kind to Keys. The kids still love her, but so do their parents, with a wide range of ages impressed as she effortlessly moves between the two personas: the kitted-up dance routines and the pure piano-and-voice, no-bells, no-whistles approach.

She is better when she is sitting behind the black’n'whites, showcasing her voice; the between-song banter and dance routines are too scripted, too obvious.

Keys’ real strength was always in her vulnerability and that still shows when selections from Songs In A Minor (such as Fallin’ and A Woman’s Worth) are pushed into place.

The material from 2007’s As I Am is more about the product than the song, all shiny and slick (Superwoman), Keys only ever the co-writer, often just the singer. There are still some great modern r’n'b moments, but it is a shame that success as a pop star came at the expense of her vital, raw talent.

The high point of the show arrived early with the Prince b-side How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? It was a showcase not only for Keys but also for her incredible band, three backing singers and seven talented instrumentalists. (I wonder if half of the crowd knew the song was by Prince or for that matter even cared.)

The audience loved every minute of it, with Beatlemania- like screams filling the arena, and the energy level was impressive, Keys working hard and well supported by a super-tight funk/soul combo.

Jordin Sparks won the sixth season of the worst show on television, American Idol. Her opening set promoted her self-titled debut album and featured songs about “cherishing your friends and family”.

She covered Michael Jackson’s PYT, which was preferable to hearing her own lyrical clunkers, such as “how am I supposed to breathe without air”.

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Alicia in New Zealand.    ·    December 8th, 2008

Alicia Keys got down on stage during her concert at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on on Saturday, December 6th.Click on the Link below to read a review of the show.

Thank God that am not the only person thinking that Alicia was snubbed by the Grammys organisers. There are alot of site thinking the same
Here is what LAtimes website had to say
”Not only was Alicia Keys snubbed in the General Field, but she wasn’t even nominated for Best R&B Album or Best R&B Song. “As I Am” was the best selling album of the eligibility period, according to Billboard, and got great reviews. Plus, Alicia is an obvious Grammy favorite. Lots of bloggers think Alicia was secretly punished for appearing at the AMAs and they think voters eliminated her to give other artists a chance to win. Her snub in R&B Album is especially shocking considering every album nominated is a commercial flop and even a Boyz II Men covers album was nominated (so voters were clearly fishing to fill out the category).”
Fox news and People Magazine also think the same.

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Grammy Nominations.    ·    December 5th, 2008

Am not very pleased with the Grammy nominations this year for the first time i really think Grammy is not been fair. Alicia keys was nominated for only three grammy after a very successful year with her best work As i Am which has pieces that should have been nominated eg Like you will never see me again. And superwoman should have been nominated for song/record of the year. I think the just sat and said AK has 11 grammy so lets give it to other people and add spice to the show. All the same Alicia keys was nominated for Best rnb song for Superwoman, Best short video for Another way to Die and Best Pop vocal performance for Lesson learned with John Mayer.

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CNN HEROS    ·    November 25th, 2008

Alicia Keys performed her latest single ‘Superwoman’ at the CNN Heroes show in Hollywood. The show will air on Thanksgiving on CNN:
ALICIA KEYS, LETOYA LUCKETT, RIHANNA, LEONA LEWIS, CHRISTINA MILIAN, NE-YO & THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS...She looked incredible and I’m sure the same can easily be said for her performance, which she always does a fantastic job of.

ALICIA KEYS, LETOYA LUCKETT, RIHANNA, LEONA LEWIS, CHRISTINA MILIAN, NE-YO & THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS...ALICIA KEYS, LETOYA LUCKETT, RIHANNA, LEONA LEWIS, CHRISTINA MILIAN, NE-YO & THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS...ALICIA KEYS, LETOYA LUCKETT, RIHANNA, LEONA LEWIS, CHRISTINA MILIAN, NE-YO & THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS...The singer will perform ‘I Need You’ on Dancing With the Stars finale this Tuesday and she’ll visit Tyra Banks show on December 5th, where they’ll talk about Keep A Child Alive and The Black Ball event.

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‘I’d rather be called smart than sexy’    ·    November 25th, 2008

OUL SINGER ALICIA Keys sang the latest Bond film theme tune, Another Way To Die, for Quantum Of Solace, as a duet with Jack White. Keys, 28, has sold more than 20 million records and has won 11 Grammy Awards, but is also a successful actress …

she will soon be starring in the new film ‘The Secret Life Of Bees,’ with Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Paul Bettany. She is a committed charity campaigner, doing extensive work for Keep A Child Alive, which provides antiviral drugs for families suffering from Aids in Africa.

What were your dreams as a child?

I always wanted to be a star. I’d stand in front of a mirror with a brush as a microphone and sing. I would dream of performing on stage. I said to myself: “One day people will sing my songs”  and that has happened.

Was there a moment when you realised you were famous?

I felt I had made it when I was on Oprah. I said ‘Wow, this is weird,’ because I had watched that show so often from my couch.

What has been your greatest challenge?

To maintain my personal life and my career. I’ve never been one to go to the ‘It’ restaurants and do the ‘It’ things.

What has been your greatest moment of desperation?

I had a tough time touring for my last album. My grandmother died and we were so close, I broke down. But you have to break down to build back up, to realise something had to change. No one’s perfect — you can’t be. I needed a break, so I went on vacation to Egypt, which inspired me musically and as an artist and a person. That trip was the most crucial thing I’ve ever done for myself.

Rich and famous or poor and anonymous?

Fame is double-edged and having a private life is tough, but I love my work and I am blessed to get paid well. Fame enables me to reach a large group of people — to say something good and do positive things in the world. I appreciate what I have because I didn’t have a lot growing up; my mother worked very hard. She was raising a girl single handedly in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, trying to make ends meet. I am very secure in myself and don’t feel I have to put on any airs in terms of possessions. I don’t need to impress anyone with money or lifestyle. I am who I am with everyone.

What is your biggest extravagance?

I love clothes and I can’t resist shoes with very high heels — Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Sergio Rossi, Giuseppe Zanotti. I do love dressing up. But I saw a cream cashmere V-neck sweater that I liked in a store the other day — for $700. I could afford it, but I would be uncomfortable spending so much when there’s so much poverty and so many struggles in the world.

What would surprise us about you?

How normal I am. People often think I am a diva, but I am so regular that when I walk along the street, most people think I’m an Alicia Keys lookalike. I am a very low-key lady living a very normal life, and I like it like that. I’m not going to pull up in a Rolls-Royce and have 17 people hop out of the car with me and necklaces dripping, that’s not really my thing.

Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?

Oprah and Barack Obama.

Who are you more like, your mother or father?

A mixture — both my parents have been big influences. My mother is Irish-Italian and my father African — I have the tastebuds of an Italian and the spice of an African. My mom is my rock. She had to be superwoman when I was growing up and she taught me not to quit. She taught me to honour myself, because no one will honour or respect me if I don’t respect myself.

Are you spiritual?

Spirituality is at the centre of my life. Music is the closest to God that we can get, it’s God’s gift to humanity. I believe that music has a mystical dimension because when I meet people from all over the world we can connect through music. It’s like a common language.

What is it like being a sex symbol?

That’s just an opinion. I would rather be called smart than sexy. As long as I’m beautiful on the inside that’s the kind of beauty I want.

Congratulations to ALicia for wining two AMA on sunday night. She looked Great and she closed the show performing superwoman with Queen Latifah and an Opera singer.

Alicia Keys went for elegance with a touch of sparkle in an Armani Prive navy gown. watch the video of Alicia at AMA here.

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Latest Update.    ·    November 23rd, 2008

I have to say this- i attended the first ever MTV AFRICAN MUSIC AWARDS in Nigeria and it was so amazing. Our girl Alicia won an award for Best R&B beating Akon and Rihanna as well as Nigerian artist Psquare. She was not there to collect the award but beautiful Kelly Rowland who rocked the show got it for Alicia keys.
I know part of the reason Alicia could not make it to Africa was because of AMA which she is set to perform and also nominated for five awards, so dont miss it tonight on ABC.
And dont also miss Alicia’s performance on CNN on Nov 27th on CNN’S HEROS an all star tribute.
On Dec 5th Alicia will appear on Tyra Banks show, Tyra who was a guest at Alicia keys’s last Black Ball event will be talking about Alicia’s work with Keep A Child Alive as well as the Black Ball event.

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Alicia Keys, superwoman    ·    November 17th, 2008

IF you’re looking for a way to sum up Alicia Keys, the title of her latest single, Superwoman, says it all.

At just 27, the softly spoken R&B singer is an undisputed pop megastar who has won nine Grammys and sold more than 20 million albums worldwide.

And she’s just joined the ranks of Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra, Tina Turner and Madonna by recording a James Bond theme song - the latest.

But the girl born Alicia Augello Cook in Harlem, New York, hasn’t always led such a charmed life.
Born to an Irish/Italian mother and Jamaican father (who split early in her childhood), Keys was raised in New York’s notorious Hell’s Kitchen - a cultural melting pot of Irish, Italian and Puerto Rican immigrants in Manhattan’s Midtown district where many known gangsters resided.

“My mother raised me and I saw her struggle and work and I’m not under any illusions _ I know exactly what I could go right back to,” she says down the line from Belgium, where she’s just come off stage after a concert.

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Alicia Keys gets a little help for her Black Ball AIDS event    ·    November 17th, 2008

How, you might ask, can you get Justin Timberlake, John Mayer and Jessica Alba to show up at one of your events? Have Alicia Keys work the phones.

The singer and actress, who co-stars in The Secret Life of Bees, hosted her fifth annual Black Ball Thursday, which benefits the AIDS organization Keep a Child Alive. And, as it turns out, she can be quite persuasive.

“I bat my eyes and I wink,” she said. “And we have great conversation, and they show up. It’s a very important event.”

Keys said she was optimistic about the country’s direction. “It’s a difficult time for all of us, but due to our recent election, it’s a hopeful time.”

Keys also sent her best wishes to singer Jennifer Hudson, who had been scheduled to perform at the event. Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew were killed last month.

“I have reached out to her,” Keys said. “We’re gathering around her and sending her love.” <!–more–>

Queen Latifah, Keys’ Bees co-star, was honored for her humanitarian work, as was Simon Fuller, the brains behind the Idol Gives Back juggernaut. Iman co-hosted the cocktail party, followed by a live auction, dinner and musical performances at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Mayer, who wasn’t performing but was “hanging out,” raved about host Keys.

“She’s a rare human being. I’m proud to consider her a friend. I’m kind of a creep,” he joked. “It’s about supporting a friend, and it’s about myself feeling strong enough about it to help.”

A Gucci-clad Alba agreed. “What she’s done with this organization, the money and awareness she’s raised, is incredible. Becoming a mom makes everything more relevant. You feel the impact of every decision that’s made.”

Tyra Banks, in Michael Kors, was personally invited by Keys: She “called and asked me if I’d come and sit at her table. And I’m there.”

Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi (in Naeem Khan), who has helped Keys raise money for Keep a Child Alive, said it can be tough asking for charity dollars. “It really is. I’m sending e-mails and calling. You felt almost bad because it was when the world was crumbling.”

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