The superstar’s real name is Alicia Augello Cook. Photos by Ron Elkman.
Keys started taking piano lessons when she was 7-years-old.
The 15-time Grammy Award winner attended Columbia University on a full scholarship for just four weeks before fully immersing herself in her music career.
Famed record executive Clive Davis signed Keys to his former label J Records in 1999.
Keys has also been a star on the silver screen, taking on roles in Smokin' Aces (2006), The Nanny Diaries (2007), and The Secret Life of Bees (2008).
Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz gave birth to their son Egypt in 2010.
Photos by Ron Elkman
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