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A classically trained pianist, Keys started composing songs when she was 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records and soon released her debut album, Songs in A Minor with J Records in 2001. The album became a critical and commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. It contained the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'", and earned Keys an unprecedented five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), was also a critical and commercial success, selling eight million copies worldwide and spawning the singles "You Don't Know My Name", "If I Ain't Got You", and "Diary". The album garnered her an additional four Grammy Awards.

In 2004, her duet with singer Usher titled "My Boo" became her second number-one single. Keys released her first live album, Unplugged (2005), and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one. Her third album, As I Am (2007), sold seven million copies worldwide and produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One". In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, with the single "Another Way to Die" (with Jack White) a year later. Her fourth album, The Element of Freedom (2009), became her first chart-topping album in the United Kingdom, and sold four million copies worldwide. The album included the hit singles "Doesn't Mean Anything", "Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart", "Un-Thinkable (I'm Ready)". Keys's collaboration with Jay-Z on his 2009 single "Empire State of Mind", became her fourth number-one single in the United States. Her fifth album Girl on Fire (2012), became her fourth non-consecutive Billboard 200 topping album, and included the successful title track, while her sixth studio album, Here (2016), peaked at number 2. Her seventh and eighth studio albums, Alicia (2020) and Keys (2021), spawned the singles "Show Me Love" (featuring Miguel), "Underdog", "Lala" and "Best of Me". In 2022, she released her ninth studio album Santa Baby, which was also her first independent album.

Keys has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists. She was named by Billboard as the R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Decade (2000s); and placed tenth on their list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years. She has received numerous accolades in her career, including 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and National Music Publishers Association. VH1 included her on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and 100 Greatest Women in Music lists, while Time has named her in their 100 list of most influential people in 2005 and 2017. Keys is also acclaimed for her humanitarian work, philanthropy, and activism, e.g. being awarded Ambassador of Conscience by Amnesty International; she co-founded and serves as the Global Ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive.

The musical Hell's Kitchen features Keys' music, and is based on her life.

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Public Works Presents LET'S HEAR IT FOR NEW YORK! An Unforgettable Dance Experience

Public Works will present LET'S HEAR IT FOR NEW YORK!, a dynamic dance experience celebrating the spirit and diversity of New York City.
Public Works to Present Participatory Dance Piece Set to 'Empire State of Mind'

The Public Theater has revealed that as a part of Public Pops Up this summer, Public Works will be hosting a participatory dance piece set to Alicia Keys’ seminal classic “Empire State of Mind” from Hell's Kitchen. Learn more!
Broadway By Design: HELL'S KITCHEN

We continue with the five Tony-nominated creatives from Hell's Kitchen- Scenic Designer Robert Brill, Projection Designer Peter Nigrini, Lighting Designer Natasha Katz, Sound Designer Gareth Owen, and Costume Designer Dede Ayite.
HELL'S KITCHEN Releases New Block of Tickets Through May 2025

Hell's Kitchen has released a new block of tickets. Learn more and see how to purchase!
Andra Day to Play 'CHERITH Tour' Across North America

This summer, multi-platinum powerhouse vocalist, Grammy® winner, Golden Globe Winner, and Academy Award nominee Andra Day returns to the road on her headline CHERITH Tour 2024 across North America. This jaunt kicks off on August 9 in Atlanta, GA, at Variety Playhouse, visiting major markets before it and concludes on September 24 in Seattle, WA, at The Showbox.
Photos: Go Behind the Scenes of the 2024 Tony Awards

See photos of backstage moments with Jonathan Groff, Idina Menzel, Alicia Keys, Ariana DeBose, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, and the casts of Cabaret, Water for Elephants, Merrily We Roll Along, The Outsiders, and more.
Photos: Inside the 2024 Tony Awards Ceremony

Last night, the curtain was raised on the 77th Annual Tony Awards! Take a look inside the CBS broadcasts and Pluto TV pre-show below, including photos of the casts of The Outsiders, Suffs, Hell's Kitchen, The Who's Tommy, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, and more.
Video: Maleah Joi Moon Reacts to Tony Win for Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Just last night at the 77th Annual Tony Awards, Maleah Joi Moon took home a Tony Award for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical' for her outstanding work in Hell's Kitchen. Watch what happened afterwards in this video!
Kirsten Agresta-Copely Will Bring AQUAMARINE LIVE to 54 Below

54 Below will present Kirsten Agresta-Copely in Aquamarine Live on  Tuesday, July 9th, 2024 at 7pm. The Grammy nominated harpist and composer who has played in over a dozen Broadway shows, will make her 54 Below debut with Aquamarine Live.
Video: Maleah Joi Moon Accepts Tony Award For HELL'S KITCHEN

Maleah Joi Moon won the 2024 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for HELL'S KITCHEN. Watch Moon's acceptance speech in the video here!
Video: The Cast of HELL'S KITCHEN Performs a Medley on the Tony Awards, Featuring Alicia Keys and Jay-Z

The 77th Annual Tony Awards are now underway! The cast of Hell's Kitchen took to the stage to perform a medley of songs from the show, featuring an appearance by Alicia Keys and Jay-Z. Check out the video here!
2024 Tony Awards Fashions- The Best Looks from Broadway's Biggest Night

The 2024 Tony Awards have come and gone and as usual, Broadway's biggest stars turned up and turned it out in honor of the big night! From classic glamour to avant garde eleganza, check out our photos below to find out which 'fits were it at this year's celebration!
Alicia Keys and Jay-Z Will Perform 'Empire State of Mind' at the 2024 Tony Awards

According to reports, Alicia Keys and Jay-Z have been added to the list of those performing at the 77th Tony Awards. The artists will sing the song Empire State of Mind, which is featured in the Tony-Award nominated musical Hell's Kitchen, currently playing at the Shubert Theatre. 
Video: Shoshana Bean Sings 'Pawn It All' from HELL'S KITCHEN at the Spring Road Conference

Shoshana Bean performed 'Pawn It All' from Hell's Kitchen at the Broadway League's Spring Road Conference just last month. Check out the video of her performance here!
Exclusive: How Adam Blackstone and Tom Kitt​​​​​​​ Found the Voice of HELL'S KITCHEN

Today, we hear from Adam Blackstone and Tom Kitt​​​​​​​, who created the orchestrations of the 13-time Tony-nominated Best Musical, Hell's Kitchen.
Video: Kecia Lewis Performs 'Authors Of Forever' From HELL'S KITCHEN at the Spring Road Conference

Kecia Lewis took the stage to perform 'Authors of Forever' from Hell's Kitchen at the Broadway League's Spring Road Conference just last month. Check out the video of her performance here!
Recap the 2024 Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches

The 77th Annual Tony Awards have officially begun! As winners take the stage this evening, stay tuned to BroadwayWorld as we bring you full text of all of the acceptance speeches; from the emotional to the humorous, and everything in between.
Photos: On the Red Carpet at the 2024 Tony Awards

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing)! Check back all night long for more photos!


How many shows has Alicia Keys written?

Alicia Keys has written 1 shows including Hell's Kitchen (Music).

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