On This Day: 21-Year-Old Alicia Keys Won Five Grammys

The year is 2002, and we find ourselves at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards. Jamie Foxx, Pamela Anderson, and Ja Rule present the nominees for Best R&B album. The winner is Alicia Keys, for Songs in A Minor! She touches hands with Bono as she walks up to the Grammy stage, her baby blue veil flaring behind her.

"I would like to dedicate this to thinking outside the box, not being afraid to be who you are, no matter what anybody says," 21-year-old Alicia Keys says. She'll win four other awards this night, including Song of the Year for "Fallin" and Best New Artist.

In the years after this Grammy Awards, she'll become one of the top-four Grammy winners in the country, joining Aretha Franklin and Alison Krauss. Meet the rest of the top 10 Grammy-winning women in the slideshow above.


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Alison Krauss has won 27 awards, including her performances as part of a group and as a producer. She’s the #1 Grammy-winning woman.

Beyonce’s second-up with 20 Grammy awards.  

Aretha Franklin won 18 awards - and took home Best Female R&B Vocal Performance so many times that it’s affectionately known as the Aretha Award!

Alicia Keys makes top 4 with 15 awards total.

Ella Fitzgerald won 13 awards from 1958 to 1990, including 8 awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.

Soprano Leontyne Price won 13 Grammys for her classical opera performances.  

Emmylou Harris also won 13 awards for her country music songwriting.

Gospel singer Shirley Caesar won 11 Grammys. She’s released over 40 albums!

Adele burst into tears when she accepted album of the year for 21. “It’s been the most life-changing year,” she said. The British songstress has won 10 Grammys.

The “queen of funk” Chaka Khan has won 10 Grammys and sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.