Alicia Keys Talks Swizz Beatz, First Record Deal, & Clive Davis on ‘Oprah’s Master Class’

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys delves into the past and opens up about her career, marriage, and motherhood on the season premiere of “Oprah’s Master Class.” The R&B songbird reminisces about meeting her mentor Clive Davis for the first time and falling in love with Swizz Beatz (“He’s just bubbling over with life”), who taught her to be more spontaneous and open to life.

Before she signed with Clive, she did a deal with Columbia Records. The label tempted her with a white baby grand piano. “To me, that white baby grand piano was everything,” said Alicia. “We obviously did not do the deal for only a piano.”

But they did give her a piano, albeit not the same white one, and she still has it to this day.

Oprah also uploaded a clip of Alicia making her national television debut on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2001. Since then, she has gone on to sell more than 35 million records worldwide and win 14 Grammys.

Learn more about the extraordinary life of Alicia Keys when the episode airs Sunday, March 3, at 10/9c on OWN.

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  1. Nasir

    Beautiful girl and spirit.


  2. deeJay

    Oh, I will be on a plane tomorrow night, hopefully they will stream it online.



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  4. Sonya

    Well even though I can’t pick up Oprah’s channel, I’m sure I’ll see the interview somewhere. Alicia is one of a kind and she seems to be such a positive and kind person. I wish her the best.


  5. @dirtyPEACHES

    Still a homewrecker.


    Aliciasahomewrecka Reply:

    @@dirtyPEACHES, lol true


  6. Will

    Females need to quit with calling AK a home wrecker. She didn’t force Swizz to leave home, it was HIS choice. If he was happy with Mashonda, than he would have stayed. Simple as that. If Swizz didnt move on to somebody famous, yall would not be interested.


    Sonya Reply:

    @Will, So true. I didn’t even know him or Mashonda existed until Swizz and Alicia got together. I’m definitely not calling Alicia anything bad, but I guess negative hearsay is all some people dwell on.


    Aliciasahomwrecka Reply:

    @Will, she is in fact a homewrecka, no matter how you sugarcoat it.


  7. Kelvin

    I love Alicia!


  8. Truth uk britishoman

    nice interview


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