Alicia Keys: Where Is The Famous Singer Now?

Alicia Keys at The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp, New York City, 2019
September 3, 2019 - 16:33 / Philip Faukland-Pollard

At the beginning of Alicia Keys' career she entered the music industry with a tough tomboy exterior and there was some controversy from critics regarding the type of person she portrayed herself to be. The years following her debut album release of Songs in A Minor the artist became much more vocal in the music industry including becoming an actress, a mother, a children's book author and an activist.

According to Keys she was frequently misinterpreted by the media and was called "a boy", "gay" and "hard" for having braids in her hair and wearing baggy jeans. She said this tough exterior that she portrayed acted like armor because after having lived in the streets of New York she felt uncomfortable feminizing herself as this would commonly attract unwanted attention from men.

By 2006 Keys had played in movies like The Nanny Diaries and Smokin' Aces. As she started to receive more fame and recognition for her achievements she began to become her own person and embrace her own style freely. She went from wearing braids to wearing her hair naturally. Her career high-points included her performance of Empire State of Mind featuring Jay Z at the Academy Awards in 2009. 

Alicia Keys became a mother in 2010

In 2010 Keys began her new tour, married Swizz Beatz and gave birth to her son Egypt. In 2012 Keys released Girl on Fire which remains to this day perhaps her most famous song. Girl on Fire was written to "liberate" and "empower" people. 

 Alicia Keys and her son Egypt Daoud Dean perform onstage at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California

Alicia Keys: Her career today

In 2016 Keys released her latest album Here which has sadly not seen anywhere near the same success as any of her earlier albums. Nevertheless, she has become a judge on the hit talent show The Voice, she performed in the opening ceremony of the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, she has become a children's author and has also co-founded the Keep a Child Alive Charity. In 2018, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) honored Keys with the Songwriter Icon Award stating she was "an inspirational figure to millions". Although Keys is not as famous today as she once was, her impact on the music industry and beyond has left an extraordinary legacy that will be remembered.