A No. 1 multi-platinum album, No. 1 debut single, and MTV Video Music Awards for best new artist: This young woman is already worth her weight in gold, and she's just getting warmed up.

A No. 1 multi-platinum album, No. 1 debut single, and MTV Video Music Awards for best new artist: This young woman is already worth her weight in gold, and she's just getting warmed up. Alicia Keys' second J Records single, "A Woman's Worth," maintains her highly stylized, slow-groovin' mama persona, with another cool slice of noveau soul oozing with sensuality. In the song that she co-wrote and produced, Keys sings, "She walks the mile, makes you smile, all the while being true/ Don't take for granted the passion she has for you/You will lose if you choose to refuse to put her first." Vocally, Keys' poise and confidence are simply unmatched in the bountiful arena of under-25 acts brewing out there. Clearly, we have another winner from an exceptional artist who is quickly defining herself as the exception to nearly every rule in the music industry handbook.—CT

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