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Her third album, As I Am (2007), produced the Hot 100 number-one single "No One", selling 7 million copies worldwide and earning an additional three Grammy Awards.
In 2007, Keys made her film debut in the action-thriller film Smokin' Aces.
The scene in the film where Tom Hanks's character listens to opera on a record player notably affected Keys, who "never showed emotion very well".
In 2009, Keys also collaborated with Jay Z on "Empire State of Mind", which became her fourth number-one single and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Girl on Fire (2012) was her fifth Billboard 200 topping album, spawning the successful title track, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
She connected with the cultural and racial diversity in the neighborhood, where she expanded upon her musical exploration, and her character was also solidified.
"Harlem raised me in a lot of ways," Keys remarked.
After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records, and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001.