Singer, songwriter and actress Alicia Keys, born Alicia Cook, has a net worth of $45 million. Born and raised in Manhattan by her single mother, Keys had her first taste of the entertainment industry at the age of four when she appeared on The Cosby Show. After proving to be prodigious at the piano, Keys won enrollment in the elite Professional Performance Arts School of Manhattan where Keys was able to graduate as valedictorian at the age of sixteen. Leaving college to pursue her music career, and after a brief stint with Columbia and Arista Records, Keys signed with J Records and released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, in 2001. Songs in A Minor debuted at the number one position of Billboard 200 and has gone on to sell over twelve million copies worldwide. The album garnered five Grammy Awards for Keys. Her subsequent albums, The Diary of Alicia Keys and As I Am also debuted at number one on the USA Billboard 200 and have achieved multi-platinum status. Keys has had five number one singles on the US R&B charts, and ten number one singles worldwide. She has collaborated with artists such as Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera. Her acting credits include the television shows American Dreams, Charmed and The Backyardigans and her film credits include supporting roles in The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees. To date, Keys has won eighty-seven awards, among them twelve Grammy Awards, ten Billboard Music Awards, thirteen NAACP Awards.