Alicia Keys Is On A Mission
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys recently participated in The Recording Academy New York Chapter's GRAMMY futureNOW music conference. In a keynote conversation with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King, the 15-time GRAMMY winner discussed songwriting, how an evolving music industry can push artists to become more creative and her mission to advocate for fair compensation for all music professionals, among other topics.
"My latest mission is really creating and being a part of advocating for the right type of fair compensation for artists, songwriters [and] producers," said Keys. "It's time for rethinking about how the entire business is working because it's a new business. … As the content creators we deserve to own our content … [and] if we're not going to own our content, we at least deserve to be paid fairly for our content."
A New York native, Keys burst onto the music scene in 2001 when her debut album, Songs In A Minor, topped the Billboard 200 and garnered five GRAMMYs — Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and three awards for "Fallin'," including Song Of The Year. She followed with 2003's The Diary Of Alicia Keys, which rose to No. 1 on the strength of the Top 5 hits "You Don't Know My Name" and "If I Ain't Got You." The album garnered three GRAMMYs for 2004, including Best R&B Album. In 2009 she collaborated with Jay Z for "Empire State Of Mind," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won GRAMMYs for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap/Song.
Keys most recent album, 2012's Girl On Fire, was her fourth studio album to top the Billboard 200 and earned Best R&B Album honors at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26. The album features 13 tracks, including the hit title track featuring Nicki Minaj, as well as collaborations with GRAMMY winners Jeff Bhasker, Gary Clark Jr., Dr. Dre, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Bruno Mars, Maxwell, and her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, among others.
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