15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys floats our boat for so many reasons. Not only does she embody what a Weekly woman really is (strong, independent, inspirational), she does it with such effortless style and sass that we can’t help but be floored by the talented songstress. To commemorate the release of her latest studio album HERE , we list down 10 reasons why we love Alicia:
Earlier this year, Alicia penned a letter for Girls creator Lena Dunham’s website Lenny and pledged to go makeup free saying, “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”
2. She is one part of a power couple
Alicia and her husband, rapper Swizz Beats, are like a low-key version of Jay-Z and Beyoncé. They’re just as awesome but are also less showy about their good deeds. Did you know that the pair adopted an entire village in Soweto in 2010 to help the impoverished people there?
3. She is the definition of #careergoals
Alicia Keys has sold more than 35-million albums and 30-million singles worldwide since launching her career in 1994. The super-talented songbird has also been nominated for 195 awards and has won 105; including 15 Grammy Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards and 6 BET awards.
Alicia used to suffer from really bad acne when she was younger and was a spokesperson for Proactive for many years. She’s come a long way from her pimple-suffering days, however, and had blossomed into a beautiful woman with pretty much flawless skin.
5. She can sing and act
She played a badass character on hit television shoe Empire and brought the house down with a powerful performance. Check it out below:
6. She gets real about motherhood
Motherhood is not always easy but celebrities always seem to make it look like a breeze, probably because they have 5 to 10 helpers aiding them through everyday chores. Alicia seems like marches to the beat of her own drum though and we love that she, too, get exhausted when she looks after her little ones.
Alicia Keys sure does love her mama! The songstress has spoken at length about the sacrifices her mother made for her growing up, including encouraging Alicia to pursue music, equipping her with both a piano and the space with which to practice.
8. She is a philanthropist
While she’s often in the spotlight for her tremendous talent, Alicia has a philanthropic spirit, too. The singer teamed up with Greater Than Aids to launch EMPOWERED, which helps bring attention to the urgency of HIV/Aids among women, specifically in the US.
9. She's got a voice to die for
After creating some of our most memorable teenage anthems like Fallin, Teenage Love Affair, and You Don’t Know My Name, Alicia is back and inspiring and motivating people everywhere. Her music was an integral part of our growing up and we could not be more proud to see her make a splash with more new music.
10. She brought us this iconic moment on The Voice
Alicia became a new mentor on the reality singing competition The Voice this season and wowed us with her amazing talent, as usual. She also teamed up with her fellow judges to belt out a song that left everyone speechless. Check it out below: