Alicia Keys, Real Name, Life, Music Career, Awards, Albums, Net Worth

Alicia Keys Net Worth and How She Makes Her Money

Alicia Keys is one of the most popular singers from America who has such a great voice.

Besides singing, she’s also acting and record producing.

Keys is a classically-trained pianist who has been composing songs since she was 12 years old.

Her debut album “Songs in A Minor” was commercially and critically successful in the market.

She has been selling millions of album copies which made her received a bunch of awards including Grammy.

In 2016, Alicia Keys decided to perform without makeup in order to truly express herself.

Even so, Keys still put a little bit makeup when appearing on several shows such as The Voice as conveyed by Adam Levine (check Adam Levine net worth) on The Howard Stern Show.

Until now, Alicia Keys legacy in the music industry is still strong.

She has the potential to grow her net worth more in the future.

So, what is Alicia Keys net worth? Let’s see.

Early Life

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Alicia Augello Cook was born in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.

She was born on January 25, 1981. Alicia Keys is the only child of Teresa, a part-time actress.

Her father is African American and her mother is Sicilian.

Her father left when she was still a child and she was raised by her mother.

Clinton neighborhood or “Hell’s Kitchen” is the place where Alicia Keys were born and raised.

With her mother, Alicia Keys lived in a one-room apartment. Her mother worked three jobs to support their life.

Alicia Keys found out that she had a passion for playing the piano when she was 6 years old.

She began receiving classical piano training at 7 years old. Her mother encourages her to keep playing the piano.

Later, The Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan is the answer to the question where did Alicia Keys go to college.

The Beginning of Music Career

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When she was 13 years old, Alicia Keys was part of a three-girl band.

She was about to perform with the group in Harlem.

A manager, Jeff Robinson went to see the performance as a request of his brother and he was impressed by the performance of the group.

Robinson wanted Keys to be ready for the music industry. He wanted her to pursue a solo career.

Then, Robinson introduced Keys to Peter Edge, the executive of A&R record.

Both Edge and Robinson helped Keys to gain more recognition.

At the age of 15, Alicia Keys signed a record deal to Columbia Records.

She decided to drop out of college to pursue her music career full-time.

She helped writing songs for Columbia Records.

However, she wanted to leave the Records because lack of respects that the company gave to her musical creativity.

Then, Alicia Keys signed to Arista Records in 1998 with the help of Jeff Robinson and Clive Davis.

She got her stage name as “Keys” with the company.

Alicia Keys Musical Breakthrough

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After signing with Arista Records, she respectively contributed her songs to the soundtracks of the films “Shaft” and “Dr. Dolittle 2”.

Later, Davis formed a new label “J Records” and moved Keys to his label.

Keys played small shows across America to spread the word about her talent.

Then, She later performed on “The Tonight Show” and “Oprah” to promote her album.

Her debut single “Fallin’” released and it went straight to number 1 on the Billboard chart.

During the early 2000s, Alicia Keys played a small cameo in “Charmed”, a TV series.

She released her debut album “Songs in A Minor” in 2001.

Then, her second album “The Diary of Alicia Keys” was released in 2003.

In the album, we can find some hit singles like “Diary”, “If I Ain’t Got You”, and “You Don’t Know My Name”.

Then, Keys released her third album “As I Am” in 2007. She made a debut in a film “Smokin’s Aces” in early 2007.

She played as an assassin named Georgia Sykes alongside Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, and Ryan Reynolds in that film.

Alicia Keys has gone on to release more album “The Element of Freedom”, “Girl on Fire”, and “Here”.

As a successful musician, Alicia Keys also participated in several charity shows such as Tidal X: 1015 which was held at the Barclays Center with Jay Z, Beyonce, Lil Yachty (check Lil Yachty net worth) and several other performers.

Awards, Nominations, Achievements

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Alicia Keys has released 7 studio albums and 2 live albums from 2001 to 2016.

She also has launched about 33 singles and 3 promotional singles.

Throughout her careers in the music industry, she had received over a hundred awards and a total of 7 thousand nominations.

That’s a great achievement for Alicia Keys.

  • Alicia Keys won 15 Grammy Awards from 29 nominations including Best R&B album, Best New Artist, and Song of the Year.
  • She has won five American Music Awards and 16 nominations
  • In the Billboard Music Awards, Alicia Keys has won 9 awards from 27 nominations
  • In 2004, Alicia Keys became the Woman of the Year by GLAMOUR magazine.

Alicia Keys Personal Life

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Alicia Keys nationality is American. She married to hip-hop producer and rapper named “Swizz Beatz”.

The couple had a low profile relationship with her husband. As reported, they both know each other since teenagers.

The couple got married in July 2010 with a private ceremony nearby the Mediterranean Sea.

Her first child was born in October 2010. They named their first son as Egypt Daoud Dean.

Then, their second son was born in 2014. He was named Genesis Ali Dean.

Before Keys dated Swizz Beatz, she had a low-profile relationship with Kerry Brothers Jr. They got separated in 2008.

Alicia Keys is close friends with Serena William, Venus Williams’s sister (click here for Venus Williams net worth info).

Some time ago Alicia Keys also pays tribute to Serena Williams for BBC iPlayer Legends series.

Alicia Keys Wealth

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How rich is Alicia Keys? Well, she is one of the richest singers in the music industry.

Alicia Keys makes money through different sources like music sales, concerts, TV appearances, and more.

Keys got her first fragrance endorsement deal with Parfurm Givenchy as the brand ambassador for the product.

Then, she also endorses the clothing line “Maxhosa” in 2018. That’s the reason she has a great fashion sense.

In TV appearances, Alicia Keys appeared as a judge for The Voice for several seasons.

Her appearance also influenced Alicia Keys net worth and other judges such as Blake Shelton net worth.

In 2016, Alicia Keys sold her Phoenix Camelback Mountain house for $3.19 million.

It’s a luxury house located in a magical place with stunning views of mountains.

Before that, in 2015, Keys sold her 32-room house in New Jersey with an asking price of $14.9 million.

Keys also own an exclusive fond of cars collection. She had a vintage Ford Mustang which she called “Black Cherry”.

Alicia keys net worth according to Forbes is estimated to be whopping $70 million.


Alicia Keys is one of the richest singers in the music industry.

Most of her net worth amount was gained from music sales, concerts, appearances, royalties, and more.

So, there’s no doubt that Alicia Keys managed to reach a $70 million net worth.