Kelly Key

Kelly Key

Kelly Key
Background information
Birth name Kelly de Almeida Afonso
Also known as Kelly Key
Born (1983-03-03) March 3, 1983
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Labels Warner (2001–2007)
Som Livre (2007–2009)
Sony Music (2012–2014)
Website .br.comkellykey

Kelly de Almeida Afonso (born March 3, 1983 in Rio de Janeiro), known for her stage name Kelly Key, is a Brazilian pop singer.


  • Biography 1
    • 2001–04: Debut album, Do Meu Jeito and live album 1.1
    • 2005–09:Teen pop, change of label and compilation 1.2
    • 2010–present:Television career and LGBT era 1.3
  • Philanthropy and other activities 2
  • Discography 3
  • Tours 4
  • Filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


2001–04: Debut album, Do Meu Jeito and live album

Of Portuguese descent,[1] Key released her first, self-titled album in 2001 at the age of 17. Her first single was the song "Escondido" ("Hidden") in which she sang the suggestive lyics 'We went out to make out and to make love'. The song received lots of airplay thanks to her then-boyfriend, Brazilian funk singer Latino, who she had dated for years, and the risqué lyrics.

Kelly Key in 2000.

Her big breakthrough was the song "Baba" ("Drool") which was the biggest hit in the country during 2001 and 2002. In the controversial song and music video, Kelly provokes an older man that ignored her when she was young and infatuated with him, but now that she's older, is sexually attracted to her. Thanks to the success of the song, the album went 2x platinum in Brazil and selling over 500.000 copies. In 2002 was released to international markets. Furthermore, Key's first two singles comprised highly explicit sexual content; although, the albums appealed predominantly to minors. The album would later tender two more successful singles: Cachorrinho ("Little Dog"), about a petulant man and his eventual apprehension of the reality of his relationship with his female boss, and "Anjo" ("Angel"), a sad ballad. Both songs received major airplay and were big radio hits.

She spawned a doll, a shoes line and lots of other products targeted at young girls during her early years. In the same year, Kelly received substantial exposure after appearing on the covers of various gossip magazines due to her divorce with Latino, which did not end amicably, and participation in a recent Playboy exposé. In 2002 was released Kelly Key en Español, a Spanish version of the debut album only in Latin America, selling a 50,000 copies, and also was released Remix Hits, a remix album for the LBGT clubs, selling 100,000 copies worldwide. On 2003 saw the release of Key's second album Do Meu Jeito (en: My Way). Following "Baba"'s legacy, the album's first single, "Adoleta", recited Key's difficult relationship with a younger man. Key also released "Chic Chic", song about the fame. The album sold 300,000 copies in Brazil.

2005–09:Teen pop, change of label and compilation

In 2005, after, changing firing the writers and producers of the first works, Key goes through a transformation her third studio album, Kelly Key 2005 the songs for teen pop. The album featured the hits "Escuta Aqui, Rapaz" ("Listen, Boy") and a remake of Aqua's 1997 hit "Barbie Girl", selling about 100,000 copies in Brazil. In 2006 released her last album on the label Warner Music, Por Que Não? (en: Why Not?), selling 45,000 copies. The album released the hits "Pegue e Puxe" ("Reach and Pull"), "Shake Boom" and "Analista" ("Analyst").

Kelly Key at Sambadrome Marquês de Sapucaí, 2007

In 2007 Key released her first compilation, 100% Kelly Key, by Som Livre Records, her new label, selling 50,000 copies. The album released the smash "Você é o Cara" ("You're the Dude"), reaching her seventh number one single in Brazil. In 2008 Key released her fifth studio albumKelly Key (2008 album), (en:To Shine), rescuing adult themes and selling 40,000 copies. In 2009 Key leaves Som Livre Record to become a presenter.

2010–present:Television career and LGBT era

In 2009 becomes host of the Rede Record's TV show Hoje em Dia with other presenters. In 2010 becomes host of her own TV show, the Game Show de Verão. Em 2011 returns to music and releases her first house music single, "O Problema é Meu" ("The Problem is Mine"), featured DJ and producer Mister Jam. On November 15, release her debut English single, "Shaking (Party People) for the LBGT charts. Currently, Brown was recording tracks for 2012 album, produced by Mister Jam and totally inspired by the LGBT songs.

Philanthropy and other activities

Key has a great success with the LGBT people in Brazil, and she supports the same-sex marriage in the country. Also was a spokesperson to highschool age young adults in a campaign in which she said, "Show how you've grown up. This Carnaval, use condoms."[2]



Kelly Key performing in Rio de Janeiro, during the Turnê O Filme Já Começou
  • 2001-03: Turnê Kelly Key" (247 concerts - In Brazil)
  • 2003-04: Turnê Ao Vivo e do Meu Jeito (118 concerts in Brazil)
  • 2005: Turnê O Filme Já Começou"
  • 2006: Turnê Por que Não? (46 in Brazil)
  • 2008-09: 100% Tour (90 concerts in Brazil)
  • 2010: Holiday Tour (7 concerts - Brazil)
  • 2011-13: In The Night/Shaking Tour (43 concerts - Brazil)


Year Film Role Notes
1999 SP&C Presenter
2004 Band Kids Presenter
2003 Celebridade Herself Telenovela; 1 episode
2004 Contando Histórias com Kelly Key Presenter 5 episodes
2005 Prova de Amor Herself Telenovela; 1 episode
2006 Dança dos Famosos Celebrity contestant Season 2
2008 Astros Judge Season 1, 2 episodes
2009 Hoje em Dia Especial Presenter 2009–2010
2009 Mestres do Ilusionismo Presenter Special TV show; 1 program
2010 Game Show de Verão Presenter 2010–2011
2012 Ídolos Kids Herself/Judge/Mentor 2012–2013
2014 Domingo Da Gente Presenter 1 program
Year Film Role
2003 O Cupido Trapalhão Herself


  1. ^ Kelly Key Ask Men
  2. ^ Okie, Susan (May 11, 2006). "Fighting HIV - Lessons from Brazil". The New England Journal of Medicine ( 

External links

  • Official Website
  • Her Blog