We first fell in love with ESSENCE June cover girl Alicia Keys in 2001 when she debuted her now iconic album, “Songs in A Minor.” Back then, her signature cornrows took the world by storm — and every girl had to have them.

Alicia has grown up a lot since then, going from tomboy to diva, mother, wife, and philanthropist. Along the way she’s graced us with some of the most memorable songs of our time — from ‘Woman’s Work” to “Falling.”

As we celebrate the 10th-year anniversary of “Songs in A Minor,” we take a look at Alicia’s life in pictures.

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