BEYONCE KNOWLES BIOGRAPHY
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Knowles was born on September 4, 1981. She is an American
R&B recording artist, actress and fashion designer. Born and
raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing
arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing
competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late
1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's
Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all
During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Knowles released her
debut solo album Dangerously in Love in 2003, which spawned
the number-one hits "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy" and
became one of the most successful albums of that year,
earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards.
Following the group's disbandment in 2005, Knowles released
her second solo album, B'Day in 2006. It debuted at number
one on the Billboard 200 and included the hits "Irreplaceable"
and "Beautiful Liar". Her third solo album I Am... Sasha
Fierce was released in 2008, and included the anthemic
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". The album earned Knowles
six Grammys at the 52nd Grammy Awards, breaking the record
for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night.
In 2011, Knowles released her fourth studio album 4, which
became her fourth consecutive solo number-one album on the
Billboard 200. This made Knowles the second female artist
and third artist overall, to have her first four studio
albums debut atop the chart.
Apart from her work in music, Beyonce has also launched a
career in acting. In 2001, she made her debut in the musical
film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, prior to appearing in major films,
including Dreamgirls (2006), which earned her two Golden
Globe nominations, and Cadillac Records (2008). In 2004,
Knowles and her mother introduced their family's fashion
line, House of Deréon; Knowles has also endorsed brands such
as Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and L'Oréal. In June 2010,
Knowles was ranked second on Forbes list of the 100 Most
Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world, and first
on its list of the Most Powerful and Influential musicians
in the world.
Beyonce Knowles has earned numerous awards and accolades.
She is one of the most honored artists by the Grammys, and
third among female artists, with a total of 16 Grammy Awards—13
as a solo artist and 3 as a member of Destiny's Child. At
the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, Knowles was honored with
the Billboard Millennium Award for recognizing her career
achievements and influence in the music industry. She was
ranked the 4th Artist of the 2000s decade by Billboard, and
was listed the most successful female artist of the 2000s,
as well as the top radio artist. The Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA), also recognized Knowles as
the top certified artist of the 2000s. As of May 2010,
Knowles has sold more than 11.2 million albums and 25
million singles in the United States. As of September 2009,
she has sold 75 million records worldwide, making her one of
the best-selling music artists of all time.