Alicia Keys

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‘I’d rather be called smart than sexy’

Tuesday, 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.

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Alicia talks Indian Movies and Men,and Lending her Voice to Obama.

Monday, November 17th, 2008

The singing sensation talks about Indian movies, men, her sex appeal and lending her voice for Barack Obama, in a candid chat with Prithwish Ganguly

International music labels and musicians are running after Indian musicians to cut albums with them, and we have none other than eleven-time Grammy Awards-winner Alicia Keys vouching for the fact.

“Indian music is all over now. Singers here (USA) and in Britain are clubbing with the Indian singers to cut an album with the feel of that soothing music. And yeah, people are liking this West-East collaboration,” Alicia told After Hrs in an interview.

Keys seem to have become fonder of Indian men, who according to her, have become ‘tougher’.

“Indian men are getting a tough image now. They are handsome, romantic. In recent days, I find them wearing a hard image too. They are very talented, actually. They can also dance well,” Alicia adds.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Click here and Vote for Alicia and ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ in People’s Choice Awards. Keys is nominated for four awards: Favorite R&B Song (No One), Female Singer, Song from a Soundtrack (Another Way To Die) and Favorite Star Under 35. The movie: Favorite Drama and Favorite Independent Movie. PCA will air on January 7, 2009 at 9pm EST on the CBS.

And Alicia performed at the WORLD MUSIC AWARDS and won World’s Best R&B Artist award at WMA. Am so sorry i cant upload pictures and songs due to certain reasons but very soon the problem will be fixed.

Alicia appeared on David letterman and The view recently

Due to the fact that i cannot upload songs i cant upload Two new songs from Alicia keys that are included in AS I AM Super Edition set for re-release, Saviour and DontChuKnow (Sky is Blue) both have old skool flows and really nice can be compared to Wreckless love and Teenage Love Affair.

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Alicia keys nominated for three BET J’s First Ever VIRTUAL AWARDS.

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

BET J bridges the worlds of music and virtual reality to bring viewer its first ever award shows. It Premiers on tuesday Nov 25 at 8:30 pm ET followed by encore online broadcast at 10pm. Alicia was nominated for Album Of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for Teenage Love Affair.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Everyone knows by now that Obama won the election and has made history.
Alicia keys waited until the day after the election to share her thoughts she called into MTV trl on wednesday, she said ‘ i feel, like a renewal, i feel am excitement, i feel like everybody you meet in the street… all last night people were just honking horns… i just feel like this sense of wow!’. Keys watched the election result unfold with friends and ‘ just stared at the Tv’ when Obama won ‘ i was screaming… There was such a pride. A friend of mine said we were living in Martin Luther King dream and i was amazed by those words. Its true…we all need to be really proud of ourselves’.

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Common and Alicia Keys might be in SMOKIN ACES Prequel

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

You all remember Alicia’s debut movie Smokin Aces where she played a badass assassin, well according to the director and writer Joe Carnahan Universal Studios just approved the prequel for the movie and rumours have it that the prequel will concentrate on either Common’s character as Sir Ivey or Alicia keys who was Georgia Sykes.

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