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Beyoncé Knowles
Ms. magazine Cover - Spring 2013.jpg
Knowles on the front of Ms. in 2013
Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
September 4, 1981 (1981-09-04) (age 35)[1]
Houston, Texas, United States[2]
Other names Sasha Fierce
Mrs. Carter
Queen Bee
Net worth US $450 million[3]
Spouse(s) Jay Z (m. 2008–present) «start: (2008)»"Marriage: Jay Z to Beyoncé" Location: (linkback://
Children 1
Musical career
Origin Houston, Texas, U.S.
  • Recording artist
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actress
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • model
  • fashion designer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts
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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter[4] (born September 4, 1981), who goes by the name of Beyoncé, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress. She was the lead singer of the all-girl R&B group Destiny's Child. She released her first album Dangerously in Love in 2003 when Destiny's Child were on a break. Since then, she has released five more albums, which have all produced hit singles.

Early life[change | change source]

She was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Her mother is Tina Knowles (currently Lawson), and her father is Mathew Knowles. Beyoncé has African, French, and Native American ancestry. Knowles went to several performing arts schools, and took part in singing and dancing competitions as a child. Her younger sister, Solange Knowles, is also a singer.

Music career[change | change source]

Knowles became very famous in the late 1990s. She became the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child. The group became the world's best-selling girl group of all time, selling over 85 million records worldwide.

Destiny's Child took a break from recording music. Knowles released her solo debut album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003. Two singles from the album—"Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy"—reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album became one of the most successful albums of that year. Dangerously in Love was given five Grammy Awards. After Destiny's Child split, Knowles released her second album. B'Day was released in 2006, and its singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar" reached the top ten in the United States. Her third album I Am... Sasha Fierce was released in 2008. "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams" became hit singles for Knowles. The album earned six Grammys in 2010. Knowles then became the first female artist to earn that many Grammys in one night. Only Adele would do this again at the 2012 Grammys.

Her next album, 4 (2011), became her fourth number one album on the Billboard 200 chart. She became the third artist in history to have her first four albums debut at number one. Beyoncé released her fifth album Beyoncé on iTunes on December 13, 2013. The public did not know about the album before it was released. The album has fourteen songs and 17 videos.[5] It has been given good reviews. It entered the Billboard 200 at number one. This made her the first female artist in the history of the chart to have her first five albums enter the chart at the top.[6] Knowles performed "Drunk in Love" with Jay Z at the 2014 Grammy Awards. She was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Part II (On the Run)” with Jay Z.[7]

In February 2016, Beyoncé was a guest performer at Super Bowl 50. She performed "Formation", the lead single from her sixth studio album, Lemonade. The performance was controversial, as it had elements of the #BlackLivesMatter movement along with influences from the Black Panthers.[8] She announced The Formation World Tour, her current stadium concert tour, after the Super Bowl performance.

In April 2016, an hour-long film, Lemonade, was shown on HBO. After the film aired, the Lemonade album was released. It features "Formation" and the second single, "Sorry".

Other projects[change | change source]

Acting career[change | change source]

Her first role in a movie was for the musical Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001). Her first major movie was Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). The movie Dreamgirls (2006) was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. Her other movies Cadillac Records (2008) and Obsessed (2009) did not do so well.

Fashion[change | change source]

In 2005, Knowles and her mother created a fashion line called House of Deréon.

In 2016, she also introduced a fitness-wear collection called Ivy Park.[9]

Perfume[change | change source]

In 2010, she released her first perfume, Heat.

Model[change | change source]

In 2013, Beyoncé became H&M's new swimwear model.

Endorsements[change | change source]

She became a spokesperson for L'Oréal, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Nintendo, and Vizio.

Ranking[change | change source]

In 2010, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the "100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World",[10] and second on its list of the "100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the World".[11] In 2012, she was named "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.[12]

Awards[change | change source]

Many of Knowles' recordings and movies were given many nominations, with many winning them. These include 20 Grammy Awards, 24 MTV Video Music Awards, three American Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny's Child. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade. They also ranked her 4th for Artist of the Decade.[13][14] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), named Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s.[15][16] In the US, she has sold over 17 million copies as of May 2014. She has sold more than 30.4 million digital singles as of January 2012.[17] While worldwide, she has sold 245 million records worldwide. This makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[18] Knowles appeared on VH1's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[19] They ranked her third on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012.

Personal life[change | change source]

In April 2008, Knowles married American rapper Jay Z. They had their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7, 2012.

Knowles is a feminist. In the February 2013 issue of GQ magazine she said, "You know, equality is a myth, and for some reason, everyone accepts the fact that women don’t make as much money as men do. I don’t understand that. Why do we have to take a backseat? I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous."[20]

Knowles joined the Ban Bossy campaign in 2014.[21]

In December 2013, she and her husband Jay Z became vegan.[22]

Discography[change | change source]

  • Dangerously in Love (2003): 12 million copies sold.
  • B'Day (2006): 7 million copies sold.[23]
  • I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008): 8 million copies sold.
  • 4 (2011): 3 million copies sold.
  • Beyoncé (2013) 5 million copies sold.
  • Lemonade (2016) The audio CD/DVD set earned 653,000 total copies sold in the week ending April 28, 2016, according to Nielsen Music. Pure album sales comprised 485,000 of that sum.

Movies[change | change source]

She has been in:

References[change | change source]

  1. Adams, Guy (February 6, 2010). "Beyoncé: Born to be a star". The Independent (London: Independent Print Limited). Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  4. /biˈjɒns/ bee-YON-say
  5. "Beyonce releases entire new album 'Beyoncé' on iTunes - News - Music - The Independent". The Independent. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  6. "It's Official: Beyonce Makes History With Fifth No. 1 Album". Billboard. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  7. "Beyonce and Jay Z Open Grammys With Steamy 'Drunk in Love' Performance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  8. Falzone, Diana (February 12, 2016). "FOX News". Backlash to Beyonce's Super Bowl performance continues to grow. FOX News Network, LLC. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  9. "Ivy Park". Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  10. "Celebrity 100: Musicians". Forbes (Forbes publishing). June 22, 2010. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012.
  11. Dorothy Pomerantz, Lacey Rose (June 28, 2010). "The World's Most Powerful Celebrities". Forbes (Forbes publishing). Archived from the original on January 30, 2012.
  12. "Beyonce Knowles Is PEOPLE Magazine World's Most Beautiful :".,,20360857_20589758,00.html. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  13. "Radio Songs Artists". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 31, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
  14. "Artists Of The Decade Music Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  15. Pedersen, Erik (February 17, 2010). "Beyoncé Tops Decade's RIAA Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012.
  16. Lamy Johnathan, Cara Duckworth, Liz Kennedy (February 17, 2010). "RIAA Tallies the Decade's Top Gold and Platinum Award Winners". Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Archived from the original on January 30, 2012.
  17. Business Wire. "The Nielsen Company & Billboard's 2011 Music Industry Report". Press release. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012.
  18. "The 50 people who matter today: 41–50". New Statesman. London. September 24, 2009. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012.
  19. Graham, Mark (February 13, 2012). "VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music (Complete List)". VH1. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012.
  20. "Beyonce Calls Out The Gender Pay Gap: 'Equality Is A Myth' - ThinkProgress". ThinkProgress. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  21. "Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, Jane Lynch join 'Ban Bossy" campaign". USA TODAY. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  22. "Jay Z and Beyoncé Pledge to Go Vegan". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 September 2015.

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