The 100 Women Interview – BBC News

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Alicia Keys started writing music at 15 years of age and her first album, recorded when she was only 19, won a record five Grammy awards. Since then, she has become one of the biggest selling R&B performers of her generation, regularly sited as one of the best soul voices of all time. She talks about growing up in New York’s Hell Kitchen and how those streets defined her music and her identity. She talks about her determination not to be pigeon-holed as a performer or as a woman and how choosing to wear no make-up – even on stage and on camera – has left her more free to be herself. In an intimate conversation about marriage, motherhood and growing up in the public eye, Alicia Keys shares her inspirations and her motivation and her perspectives.