The popular R&B/pop superstar Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook in Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan, New York on January 25, 1981. Ms. Keys first arrived on the music scene in 1996, and through the years, she established herself as a top performer and extraordinary pianist. After a short stint under contract with Columbia Records, she left under dispute and signed with Clive Davis and J Records. In June 2001, Keys' first studio album, Songs in A Minor hit the music stores. The album was well-received by critics who admired her unique blend of classical piano with a jazzy blues sound. With all the advance hype given to the record, it debuted on the US Billboard Hot 200 charts at No. 1. It would go on to sell over 12,000,000 copies worldwide, establishing Keys as a true international star. Her debut single, "Fallin'", would follow suit and reach No. 1 on the Billboard Singles charts. In between recording sessions and tours, Keys also worked as an actress in movies an TV, focused on her philanthropy and worked on music projects with "A" list stars such as John Mayer, Ray Charles, Beyonce and Kanye West. From 2003-2012, Keys released four consecutive albums (The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003), As I Am (2007), The Element of Freedom (2009), Girl on Fire (2012)) that would reach number one of the charts. She would also end up with two more No. 1 singles, "My Boo" and the extraordinary "No One". Keys' success over the years has been rewarded with a slew of awards. In 2002, she became only the second female artist to win five Grammys, including Song of the Year ("Fallin'"), Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Album, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Song.