Since she burst on the scene at the age of 19, Alicia Keys has been a miraculous combination of beauty, talent, and star power. A classically trained pianist with a powerful voice, an old soul, and a gift for writing songs that top the charts and clean up at award shows, Alicia established herself as an R&B superstar from jump—and she hasn't slowed down since. But you ain't heard nothin' yet. On her fifth studio album, Girl on Fire, her first release as a wife and mother, she digs deeper than ever before, singing songs that are more powerful and personal than ever.
With Girl on Fire dropping November 27, now seemed the perfect moment for Alicia to grace the cover of Complex for the second time. Photographer Gavin Bond pulled out all the stops—he even brought a fluffy white kitty to the shoot—and Alicia stepped up the sexiness to another level. Complex senior editor Rob Kenner went to London to find out what kind of burning passions set this girl on fire. Our issue goes on sale December 4, but you can read the cover story right now. So what are you waiting for?