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Beyoncé Knowles
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Knowles performing in Montreal during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, 2013
Background information
Birth nameBeyoncé Giselle Knowles
Also known asSasha Fierce
Born (1981-09-04) September 4, 1981 (age 39)[1]
OriginHouston, Texas, U.S.
GenresR&B, pop, soul, hip hop
Occupation(s)Recording artist, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, choreographer, model, and fashion designer
Years active1997–present
Associated actsDestiny's Child, Jay-Z, Solange Knowles, Kanye West
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Beyoncé's autograph

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, simply known as Beyoncé (/biˈjɒns/ bee-YON-say) (born September 4, 1981) is an American recording artist, and actress.

Early life

She was born and raised in Houston, Texas to Tina Knowles and Mathew Knowles. Beyonce 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.

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 groups of all time, selling over 60 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. 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.[2] It has been given good reviews. It entered the Billboard 200. This made her the first female artist in the history of the chart to have her first five albums enter the chart at number one.[3] 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.[4]

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.


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


In 2010, she released her first perfume, Heat.


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


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


In 2010, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the "100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World",[5] and second on its list of the "100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the World".[6] In 2012, she was named "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.[7]


Many of Knowles' recordings and movies were given many nominations, with many winning them. These include 17 Grammy Awards, 11 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.[8][9] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), named Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s.[10][11] In the US, she has sold over 13 million copies as of May 2010. She has sold more than 30.4 million digital singles as of January 2012.[12] While worldwide, she has sold 100 million records worldwide. This makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[13] Knowles appeared on VH1's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[14] They ranked her third on their "100 Greatest Women in Music" list in 2012.

Personal life

In April 2008, Knowles married American rapper Jay-Z. They had their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 8, 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. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous."[15]

Knowles joined the Ban Bossy campaign in 2014.[16]

In December 2013 she and her husband Jay-Z became vegan.[17]



She has been in:


  1. Adams, Guy (February 6, 2010). "Beyoncé: Born to be a star". The Independent (London: Independent Print Limited). Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  5. "Celebrity 100: Musicians". Forbes (Forbes publishing). June 22, 2010. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. 
  6. Dorothy Pomerantz, Lacey Rose (June 28, 2010). "The World's Most Powerful Celebrities". Forbes (Forbes publishing). Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. 
  8. "Radio Songs Artists". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 31, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  9. "Artists Of The Decade Music Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  10. Pedersen, Erik (February 17, 2010). "Beyoncé Tops Decade's RIAA Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. 
  11. 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. 
  12. Business Wire. "The Nielsen Company & Billboard's 2011 Music Industry Report". Press release. Archived from the original on January 6, 2012. 
  13. "The 50 people who matter today: 41–50". New Statesman. London. September 24, 2009. Archived from the original on January 30, 2012. 
  14. Graham, Mark (February 13, 2012). "VH1's 100 Greatest Women In Music (Complete List)". VH1. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. 

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