15 Essential Things To Understand About Alicia Keys

No one, really, besides Alicia Keys should have been in the running to host the Grammys this year.

A 15-time winner herself, the platinum-selling artist has long been a key (what can you do) voice of female empowerment and an advocate of the ongoing mission that is achieving equal representation and compensation for women in, not just music, but all fields. And while the Recording Academy has made a concerted effort over the past year to be more inclusive and make sure more women were in the top categories and onstage Sunday night, women behind the scenes in music remain outnumbered.

So, there’s still much work to be done.

“Really, in my opinion, we are the greatest species on the planet,” Keys, an expert on a woman’s worth, told E! News with a smile at the 2019 DVF Awards in January, “and I think that we really create so, so much—beginning with life and the way that all things happen really begin with the strength of a woman.”

Count the 2019 Grammys among those things.

Keys, who along with husband Swizz Beatz was honored last year on her birthday by the Recording Academy’s Producers & Engineers wing for their overall contributions to music, will be the first woman in 14 years to host the show.

Though her reputation precedes her, in honor of this occasion, here are 15 important things to know about Alicia Keys—one for each Grammy she’s taken home over the years:

And now Alicia Keys will be setting the tempo for the 2019 Grammys.

“I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I’m going to bring that vibe and energy,” she said when the news was announced. “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and, magic. I’m especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year! It’s going ‘UP’ on February 10!”

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