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Born in Houston in the fall of 1981, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles started performing at age seven. From dance classes to singing in the church choir, Beyoncé was a natural. She and cousin Kelly Rowland met Latavia Roberson during this time, and the trio formed a group with Letoya Luckett. Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and Rowland's legal guardian, signed on to be the girls' manager. This situation would ultimately lead to the formation of one of the most popular female R&B groups of all time -- Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child made its debut in 1990 and within ten years, the vocal act had experienced personal and political highs and lows that fueled the group's desire to make it big. Destiny's Child sold 33 million albums worldwide by 2002 and earned a slew of Grammys and additional music awards. "Jumpin' Jumpin'," "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name," and "Survivor" were smash hits, and the group appeared unstoppable.

2001 - 2004
In 2001, Beyoncé, Rowland, and Michelle Williams allowed themselves a break from the singing group and tried their hands at individual solo careers. Before landing several movie roles,

Beyoncé became the first African-American female artist and second woman ever to win the annual ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award. An appearance in the MTV drama Carmen: A Hip Hopera quickly followed, but it was her role as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002 that eventually moved Beyoncé from the stage to the screen. Beyonce then turned to acting, starring in MTV's "Carmen" without any previous training.

In the summer of 2002, Beyoncé co-starred in the film, "Austin Powers in Goldmember" opposite Mike Myers as Austin Powers, she played the role of Foxxy Cleopatra. She also recorded a song (her debut single) and produced a music video, called Work It Out for the movie soundtrack. It was a top 10 hit in the UK and a top 40 hit in the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland, despite being Beyoncé's biggest flop to date in her home country; in America, radio barely played the song and the video received very minor exposure, only on digital video channels, MTV Jams and VH1 Soul.

During the fall of 2002, Beyoncé was the featured vocalist alongside Jay-Z for his smash single, "'03 Bonnie And Clyde". The couple around this time, in spite of persistent rumors about their relationship, they remained discreet about it.

In 2003, she rejoined Jay-Z for her proper debut single, the funkadelic Crazy In Love as the press and fans christened her a bona fide star. Beyoncé's debut album, Dangerously In Love, released in June 2003, featured collaborations with Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, and Big Boi from the male duo Outkast. The multi-platinum album spawned a total of four Top Ten singles with success of Baby Boy(featuring Sean Paul) in mid 2003, Me, Myself And I towards the end of 2003; and Naughty Girl
in mid-2004.

Around the same time, Beyoncé starred in the movie, "The Fighting Temptations" opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and recorded a song for it called Fighting Temptation, with rappers Missy Elliott, Free, and MC Lyte. Unlike Beyoncé's own singles, the song did not become popular, although the movie was a moderate success.

Beyoncé later launched her family's fashion line, House of Deréon, in 2004, and has endorsed such brands as Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and L'Oréal as well as regrouping with Destiny's Child to release (Destiny Fulfilled).

2005 - 2008
She with Destiny's Child embarked on the 2005 Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It World Tour, which began in April 2005; culminating in September of that year. During the Barcelona, Spain stop of their tour, Kelly Rowland announced they would disband after the end of their final North American leg in September 2005.

In October 2005, the group released a compilation album, #1's, which included all of their number-one hits and most of their well-known song, including three new tracks, including Check On It (featuring Slim Thug). The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Knowles her third number one on the chart as a solo artist. #1's debuted at number one on Billboard 200 and certified platinum by the RIAA.

In late 2005, Knowles decided to put her second solo album on hold, after landing a role in "Dreamgirls", the film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical about a 1960s singing group, loosely based on Motown all-female group, The Supremes.

In March 2006, Destiny's Child reunited to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Knowles sung the song Listen, which was inspired by and was featured in "Dreamgirls" film. The film also starred Jennifer Hudson, Anika Noni Rose, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy. Released in December 2006, Knowles recorded several songs for the film's soundtrack, including the original song, "Listen". In the film, she portrays the Diana Ross-based character, Deena Jones.

After her acting roles, she got back to working on her second album. The theme and musical style behind the album was inspired by her Dreamgirls role. She worked on it with previous musical collaborators, Rich Harrison, Rodney Jerkins and Sean Garrett, at the Sony Music Studios in New York City - co-writing and co-producing nearly all the album's songs, which was completed in just three weeks. The album was eventually titled, B'Day and was released in the US on September 5, 2006, to coincide with the celebration of her 25th b'day. Débuted at number one on the Billboard 200, giving Knowles her second consecutive #1 album in the US. It also peaked in the top-ten in eighteen charts worldwide. To date, the album has sold more than six million copies worldwide. It earned Knowles the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 49th Grammy Awards.

Its lead single, Deja Vu (featuring Jay-Z), topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Dance Club Songs charts in the United States. and became Knowles' second UK solo number-one single. The album's second international single, Irreplaceable, topped the charts in five countries while reaching the top-five in the UK, Canada and Netherlands. The song received a nomination for Record of the Year at the 50th Grammy Awards.

On April 3, 2007, Knowles re-released B'Day [Deluxe Edition], featuring five new tracks and Spanish-language versions of "Irreplaceable", and "Listen". Her following single, Beautiful Liar with Colombian singer Shakira, was the first single released from the album's re-release. The song became another number one hit for Knowles, topping eleven charts worldwide. It won the award for Most Earthshattering Collaboration at the 2007 MTV Video Music Award. In support of the album, Knowles embarked on her second solo concert tour, The Beyoncé Experience, visiting over ninety venues worldwide, which was made into the concert DVD, The Beyoncé Experience Live!.

In 2007, Knowles received two Golden Globe Award nominations for the film; Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and Best Original Song for Listen.

2008 - 2011
On April 4, 2008, Beyoncé married her long-time partner, Jay-Z, in a small, private ceremony in New York. Knowles did not publicly début her wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008, in New York City.

Knowles released her third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce on November 18, 2008. Upon its release, it received generally mixed to positive reviews from most music critics; according to the music review aggregation of Metacritic, the album received an average score of 62/100. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, giving Knowles her third consecutive #1 album in the US. Eventually, she became the third female artist of the 2000s decade to have her first three albums debut at the top spot of the chart. To date, I Am... Sasha Fierce has sold six million copies worldwide.

The album was proceeded with the release of its two lead singles, If I Were A Boy and Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). "If I Were a Boy" topped eight charts worldwide, including the UK and reached the top-ten in many other charts. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, giving Knowles' her fifth number-one single, and was also successful in other international markets, peaking in top-ten positions around the world. The song's music video achieved fame for its intricate choreography, which has been credited as having started the "first major dance craze of both the new millennium and the Internet." This prompted a legion of imitations and parodies from men and women all around the world, including celebrities such as pop singers Justin Timberlake, and Joe Jonas, U.S. President Barack Obama. and actor Tom Hanks. It received nine nominations at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and ultimately won the award for Video of the Year, and an additional two awards, though its loss in the Best Female Video category to Taylor Swift for her song You Belong With Me which led to controversy during the ceremony.

Halo, the fourth single off the album, peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Knowles' twelfth top-ten single on the chart as a solo artist. With this feat, Knowles achieved the most top tens on the Hot 100 among any other female artists in the 2000s. In support of the album, Knowles embarked on her third concert tour, I Am... Tour, which began in March 2009; culminating in February 2010.

That same year,Beyoncé featured on the song Telephone (with pop singer Lady Gaga) and received two nominations at the 2010 BET Awards for "Video of the Year" and "Best Collaboration", winning the former category on April 27, 2010. It also received five nominations at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, in the categories of "Best Choreography", "Best Collaboration", "Best Pop Video", "Best Female Video" and "Best Art Direction".

Knowles received ten nominations at the 52nd Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for I Am... Sasha Fierce, Record of the Year for "Halo", and Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", among others. This tied her with Lauryn Hill for most Grammy nominations in a single year by a female artist. Knowles ultimately set the record for the most Grammy awards won on a single night by a female artist, when she won six awards from her ten nominations; Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Halo", Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "At Last."

2011 marked the year Beyoncé released her fourth studio album specifically titled, 4 which its singles were a combination of mellow tunes such, Love On Top and Best Thing I Never Had as well as more dance-pop oriented tunes such as Run The World (Girls), Till The End Of Time and Countdown. This became her first album without her father as manager as she took control of her own music career and sound. Which was a reason why the album held a deeper, emotional purpose for her as she mentioned in regards to the concept for the album... was ultimately influenced by her fans to name the album 4... the number four as being "special" to her, as her and Jay-Z's birthday, several other family and friends' birthdays, and her wedding anniversary fall on the fourth day of the month. "4" however didn't reach the #1 spot with any of its albums singles as critics found the album itself 'boring' and lacklustre compared to her previous records.

On August 28, 2011, at the MTV Music Awards, Beyoncé famously made a public display of her pregnancy of her then-first child after her performance of "Love On Top".

On January 7, 2012, Beyoncé gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

2013-2014
On December 12, 2013, Beyoncé unexpectedly released her fifth and self-titled album in the iTunes Store. Beyoncé called it a "visual album" as it includes 14 songs and 18 videos - with each track having a music video together with additional bonus videos. The album has a list of collaborators including Drake, Frank Ocean and her husband, Jay-Z, and daughter, Blue Ivy.

2016
After taking a 3-year hiatus, Beyoncé returned with the release of her sixth studio album, Lemonade. The album got a lot of media attention after the scandal surrounding her husband's affair that happened years prior and the subject matter being displayed on the album itself with themes of female empowerment, vulnerability, courage and victory (a personal growth for Beyoncé).

2017
Beyoncé gave birth to twins, a boy and girl named Sir and Rumi Carter.

2019
Beyoncé released Homecoming: The Live Album and returned to voice acting (first one as Queen Tara in the 2013 movie "Epic") as the voice of Nala in Disney's live-action movie, "The Lion King: The Gift", based on the 1994 "The Lion King" animated movie. She also was involved with the music and sang some songs featured on the movie's soundtrack.

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