With her new album HERE, political activism and decision to go makeup free, Alicia Keys was one of 2016’s most prominent artists. Today the R&B/Soul singer turns 36 so we’re taking a look at 10 interesting and lesser known facts about her life and career.
Her real name is Alicia Augello-Cook and she was born in Harlem, New York.
In 1985, she featured in the Slumber Party episode of the Cosby Show. Keys played one of Rudy’s friends.
She began to play the piano at age 7 and wrote her first song at 14.
At the age of 16 Alicia wanted the name Wilde to be her stage name.
One of her bad habits is that she loves to crack her neck.
Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy winner. For the record Adele and Taylor Swift have ten and Rihanna only 8.
She’s been friends with Usher and Beyoncé since she was 13.
One of her nicknames is Lellow
Her favorite composer is Frederic Chopin
All of her albums except for 2009’s The Element of Freedom, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.