In the pantheon of R&B divadom, there's a definite history. So let's speak to the chronological record, which goes Aretha, Whitney, Mariah... Uh, who's next?
Well, over the course of the past decade, Alicia Keys has proven herself fit to don the mantel. Like Carey, Keys debuted with a massively successful album (2001's Songs in A Minor), followed by a pair of Billboard number one albums (2003's The Diary of Alicia Keys and 2007's As I Am), and bagged a bunch of Grammys. However, Keys's latest album, The Element of Freedom, released this past December, failed to reach the top of the charts. So has the new diva's Glitter moment arrived? Not quite. Freedom has already been certified platinum.
This Saturday, the 29-year-old diva brings her Freedom Tour to the American Airlines Arena.
Sat., March 27, 8 p.m., 2010