Happy birthday Alicia Keys!

Jan 25, 2013, 00:17 IST | Special Features

As American singer-songwriter and actress Alicia Keys celebrates her 31st birthday today, CS takes you on a tour of her life:

>> Alicia Keys is officially known as Alicia Augello Cook.

Alicia Keys

>> Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide. The album earned Alicia five Grammy Awards in 2002. Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, garnered her four more Grammys in 2005.

>> Alicia made her film debut in Smokin’ Aces.

>> At the age of four, she made an appearance on The Cosby Show.

>> Alicia began playing the piano when she was seven and learned classical music of composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin. She enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12. She graduated in four years as valedictorian at the age of 16.

>> She is the co-founder and global ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, an NGO that provides medicine to the HIV and AIDS victims in Africa. 

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