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Beyoncé
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Knowles performing "Listen" during "The Beyoncé Experience" in Munich, Bavaria
Born
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles

September 4, 1981 (1981-09-04) (age 39)
Other names Sasha Fierce
Mrs. Carter
Queen Bey
Net worth US $450 million
Spouse(s)
Jay-Z (m. 2008)
Children 3
Parents
Relatives Solange (sister)
Musical career
Origin Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Recording artist
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actress
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • model
  • fashion designer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–present
Labels Columbia
Associated acts
Signature
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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) 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. She is married to rapper JAY-Z and has a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter and twins Sir and Rumi Carter.

Early life

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

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. 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. 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.

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. 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

Acting career

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

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.

Perfume

In 2010, she released her first perfume, Heat.

Model

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

Endorsements

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

Ranking

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

Awards

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. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), named Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s. 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. While worldwide, she has sold 245 million records worldwide. This makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Knowles appeared on VH1's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". They ranked her third on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012.

Personal life

Beyoncé e Jay-Z
Beyoncé performing on the I Am... World Tour with Jay-Z, whom she married in 2008

Marriage and children

Beyoncé started a relationship with Jay-Z after their collaboration on "'03 Bonnie & Clyde", which appeared on his seventh album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002). Beyoncé appeared as Jay-Z's girlfriend in that music video for the song. As of April 2014, the couple had sold a combined 300 million records together. They are known for their private relationship, although they have appeared to become more relaxed in recent years.

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

On February 1, 2017, she revealed on her Instagram account that she was expecting twins. On July 13, 2017, Beyoncé uploaded the first image of herself and the twins onto her Instagram account, confirming their birth date as a month prior, on June 13, 2017.

Discography

  • Dangerously in Love (2003): 12 million copies sold.
  • B'Day (2006): 7 million copies sold.
  • 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.

Filmography

Films
Title Year Role Notes
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 Foxxy Cleopatra Leading role
The Fighting Temptations 2003 Lilly Supporting role
The Pink Panther 2006 Xania Supporting role
Dreamgirls Deena Jones Leading role
Cadillac Records 2008 Etta James Leading role
Obsessed 2009 Sharon Charles Leading role
Epic 2013 Queen Tara Voice role
The Lion King 2019 Nala Voice role
Documentaries
Title Year Role
Fade to Black 2004 Herself
Beyoncé Shine – An Unauthorized Story on Beyoncé Knowles 2010 Herself
Life Is But a Dream 2013 Herself
Beyoncé: Finding Her Destiny Herself
Beyoncé: Fierce and Fabulous 2014 Herself
Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams 2018 Herself
Homecoming 2019 Herself
Television
Title Year Role Notes
Smart Guy 1998 Herself Episode: "A Date With Destiny"
Carmen: A Hip Hopera 2001 Carmen Brown Television movie
The Famous Jett Jackson 2003 Herself Episode: "Backstage Pass"
The X Factor 2008, 2013 Herself Musical guest
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! 2009 Shine (voice) 4 episodes
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubb Idol Shine (voice) Television movie
American Idol 2011 Herself Mentor (season 10)
A Night with Beyoncé Herself Television special
Keeping Up with the Kardashians Herself Episode: "Kim's Fairytale Wedding"
Lip Sync Battle 2016 Herself Contestant

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