Alicia Keys Reflects on Debut in W Magazine

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has come a long way since her 2001 debut songs in A minor. A decade later, the wife and mother reminisces about her seminal album in a new interview and photo shoot for fashion magazine W. She strikes a bold pose in an Alexander McQueen jacket in one of the portraits by Mario Sorrenti.

“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew,” Alicia tells the magazine. “We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.”

Songs, which earned her five Grammys and sold 11 million copies worldwide, will be re-released as a 10th anniversary edition with bonus tracks, demos, live performances, and more on June 28.

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49 Comments

  1. DeeJay

    This is great, I can’t wait to buy the mag. The photos are excellent.

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    alicia's a homewrecka Reply:

    @DeeJay, the homewrecka will inspire you to go wreck someone else’s home. go do what you do best. Alicia stans = home-wrecking followers

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    donchano Reply:

    @DeeJay, Yes, @DeeJay, this is not to you but I didn’t want to give that idiot credit and have that stupid name repeated again. It’s really stupid for someone to call themself “alicia’s a homewrecka”. How pathetic is that? btw no one can tell me how someone inspires me. And it’s definitely something some people would never have the ability to understand. Talk about saying things you don’t know. How about this: Alicia is not a homewrecker except to idiots who have nothing better to do than to believe everything they hear and then run it in the ground whether it’s true or not. Anything to keep it going. Hope the silly idiot with that name experiences it sometime.

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    DeeJay Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka Again Stalker, you are not even worth my time to reply anything else.

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  2. Billionaire

    Based on the initial pic, i thought that was beyonce for a minute until i took a closer look at it!

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  3. Taty

    How gorgeous is she!!! And it seems so effortless, like she doesn’t even try. Definitely one of the most beautiful people, both inside and out.

    Can’t wait for the re-release, will be getting my Collector’s Edition and already got my tickets to see her at her NYC show, can’t wait!

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  4. ManMan

    GORGEOUS!

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  5. donchano

    Wow, she is so pretty and has so much talent too. Many people would be very envious, but her personality makes her very likeable. She is one exceptional lady. Hope she keeps on doing what she’s doing and continues to inspire us. Much love and luck to her.

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  6. fi

    did she just say she didnt want to be all made up and dressed up when she started????? well…does not much look like it on the shoot. This old school drag queen diva shit is getting annoying! I like the “semi natural” look on the last pic much better!

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  7. Sarah

    Fi, If you knew anything about Alicia when she first started she did NOT dress up.She actually dressed down. She’s a grown woman now that’s comfortable with herself, why wouldn’t shedo model poses glammed up? That last pic is all natural, as you can see her freckles.

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  8. Sarah

    anywho, she’s gorgeous

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  9. GiveItToMe

    I like her music, dont personally like her personality, and she plays that innocent role, and we ALL know she is a homewrecker. Dont sleep with married men, no matter what the circumstances are, I dont care if they were having issues, they were still MARRIED…and that makes Alicia Keys a Slut!

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    Sarah Reply:

    @GiveItToMe, Oh STFU…I swear that’s all you all know. What are you? What have you DONE in YOUR life? STFU with that 4 year old shit.

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  10. Uhm...

    I liked her at “You dont know my name” but now she is way too hollywood and plus i hate how she completly avoided the fact that shes a homewreaker; since shes changed her (& swiss beat’s) music has became horriable

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    DeeJay Reply:

    @Uhm…, U seems to be the only 1 who concerns, living the past. None of you fools comments have hurt there careers or images. You people are laughable.

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    ... Reply:

    @DeeJay, I don’t think anybody can hurt Alicia’s career.

    …but it doesn’t look good that she was pregnant by a man who was still married. Of course, we’ll never know the truth. As for her career, people will always see her as a homewrecker if you can’t tell by the posts. AK is going to have to clear it up or deal with the judgements…which in the end, can hurt her career. People have good memories and are quick to judge. #unfortunatebuttrue

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    DeeJay Reply:

    @…, Okay, but in the end can’t you see that no 1 really cares, it a bunch of negative people talking crap. Which people can’t stop anyway. Bad press is good press.
    Please forgive me, I don’t like name dropping but look Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, J.Lo, Liz Taylor. THIS IS LIFE, PEOPLE MOVE ON. And if you looking for to clear it up, the most you getting is her Essence article.

    I don’t if this make any sense to people, but you can steal somebody from another person. They go on their own behalf. Clearly none of people are married, you can’t work out a marriage living in two different resident. And just incase people missed it NO ONE KNOWS WHAT WENT ON. There 3 sides to every story, her side, his side and the truth.

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    DeeJay Reply:

    @DeeJay, Corrections, its a bunch of negative commentors including some black press. Who been looking for something to dirty famous people names, sitting behind their computers typing nonsense.

    MAJOR REASON: Because she sung about woman empowerment, and being independ of a man, not needing them. This is why the commentors are mad.

    By the way leave Fantasia alone, you morons still talk about her.

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    Anita Reply:

    @…, Not true. You should speak for yourself because many don’t and won’t see her as a homewrecker. Many won’t judge things they know absolutely nothing about. Love Ms Keys and her music.

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  11. Lucy

    Can’t wait for her album.

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  12. ManMan

    Lol at people calling her a homewrecker. If you knew the facts.. but nvm. I’m laughing because the only people calling her a homewrecker are the ones that are threatened by her presence. She’s not going anywhere, so…

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  13. Jenn

    <3 Lets go! Can't wait for June 28th

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  14. CagedBird

    Look at that first, second, and third picture! She wreck homes she ain’t been in! She can’t help she’s drop dead gorgeous, talented, and rich!
    Her bone structure is crazy!

    @ManMan you are spot on. when people are threatened by someone/something, they always talk about it negatively.

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  15. Alicias certified homewrecka

    Someone put a chain around this loose homerecka. Bltch is going to wreck your home. We see you trying to cover up with that makeup. You know the saying, ” you can’t cover a pitbull with lipstick and try to cover the obvious ugly pit”

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    DeeJay Reply:

    @Alicias certified homewrecka, Stalker, LOL, u must be threaten.

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    alicia's a homewrecka Reply:

    @DeeJay, your definitely the stalker…your a non-factor! Stick what you preach… hypocrite.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @Alicias certified homewrecka, to bad tthe ugly, nasty whore pit that birthed you didn’t have the common sense to go to the abortion clinic, you miserable piece of trash, people like you will live and wallow in misery all of your life, so you have no other option but to be a nasty DOG, now go crawl under a bush somewhere.

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    alicia's a homewrecka Reply:

    @Lisa, you need to give that advise to Alicia’s mom but its 30 years too late. Alicia’s baby is the devil.

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    donchano Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, and that is definitely not a true statement. Just shows your stupidity even more.

    Anyway you are totally ignorant. You definitely need help.To attack an innocent baby is about as low as it gets. We all know who the devil here really is. That baby is an angel.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, you are the devil and you will certainly get yours, just please don’t ask why, just think back on your nasty ways. Alicia is a blessing and I guarantee you if they put the two of you up and only one could be saved and people had to choose you wouldn’t stand a chance youare a wste of life and oxygen and you clearly have no worth other than to take up space. Alicia will leave a wonderful lgacy behind. You on the other hand who will give a d*mn or remember you? Not even your own family, and as for her baby since you choose to pick on an innocent child, your misery will be more severe, and I hope that you don’t have kids or plan to have any because your nastiness will fall upon them. You piece of sh*t.

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  16. Shawn

    Songs In A Minor is a classic! I will be buying this but I’m really hoping Alicia drops a new album by 2012.

    Great pics btw :) <3

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    bree Reply:

    @Shawn, she is! Late this year I think, but hopefully before award show deadlines. She got snubbed last year for TEOF, which was epic. Hope it doesn’t happen again, she’s great and gorgeous!

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  17. bree

    I love Alicia Keys! I also agree with ManMan. Everyone STILL throwing around this home wrecker label needs to let it go. First, I haven’t seen it spelled right yet, so that says a lot about them. Plus, like previous said, we don’t know the facts. I have even greater respect for AK because she didn’t fall into Mashonda’s drama. Girl has lost it, and I don’t believe a word she says because that chick in London is the real shall I say “home wrecker.” How did Mashonda not know about that and only attack Alicia? She doesn’t have her own facts straight so no need to get at A. Keys. Her career is TEN+ years strong and its about to take off with this SIAM re-release AND her FIFTH studio album. That’s right, 10 years, 6 albums (w/ Unplugged, which went platinum like the rest), there’s no stopping Alicia. Mashonda is just jealous that she has no career, and tried to get fame at Alicia’s expense. This drama is like 4 years old, L.I.G. And negative talkers are threatened because Alicia is still achieving success. I still love and buy everything she puts out or writes because she is a real talent. Alicia Keys isn’t going anywhere, and “If You Ask Fans, We’re Ready!!” Alicia Keys is amazing!

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  18. Hugh

    She looks beautiful!
    Congrats on 10 amazing years of music

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  19. Bossboy

    I aint exactly againt AK n sh*t but i wouldnt even look @ her again if she was my sista.she always painted that good girl image but ended showing herself as som chea c*nt…she lost my respect

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    Lucy Reply:

    @Bossboy,
    She didn’t cheat on anyone.

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    Sonya Reply:

    @Bossboy,
    I hope everyone you know or love never does anything you don’t aprove of. Or should I say I hope they never supposedly do anything you don’t aprove of. One should never believe everything they hear, especially when you don’t even know the people you’re hearing it from.

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  20. L.A. Baby

    LEGEND. This girl is everything! Of course, many people are envious.

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  21. Sheila

    Judging a person does not define who they are, it defines who you are and that is all I have to say to the Judge and Jury on this blog. As for Alicia, simply gorgeous, talented and gracious. ICON and Legand comes to mind when I think of her on years to com.

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  22. bossboy

    @Lucy, i dudnt say she cheated.i meant she was cheap

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  23. alicia's a homewrecka

    What does Alicia Keys and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s maid have in common?

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    Name here Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, nothing because alicia was dating swizz after his divorece with mashonda

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    alicia's a homewrecka Reply:

    @alicia’s a homewrecka, The correct answer is….HOMEWRECKA’s!!!!!!

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  24. donchano

    She has absolutely nothing in commom with him.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @donchano not a d@mn thing you idiot.

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  25. dee

    alicia keys sucks big time her cd was trash . alicia is pretty and can play the piano but vocals are very weak . a good songwriter but her ass cannot sing!

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    Misha Reply:

    @dee, delusional much!! You must be deaf or lack taste in music and taent, so sad for you.

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    Lucy Reply:

    @dee,
    I’m sure your ass can’t sing either. Where are your Grammies?

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    Karen Reply:

    @dee, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t sing with that part of her body. Her voice is beautiful, like her.

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