Fun Facts About Alicia Keys (Including Her Real Name!)

1. What’s In A Name?

Her real name is Alicia Augello Cook. When she was considering stage names, at first she wanted to use the name “Alicia Wilde.” Her mother objected, saying that it sounded more like a stripper name. Her manager suggested the last name Keys after a dream he’d had. As Alicia said later in an interview, “I was like, ‘Keys? I play the piano keys, and keys unlock doors. Wow, that’s perfect.’ It described me, what I loved to do.”

Check out #3 to find out how old she was when she started playing the piano.


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