Synopsis Born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé Knowles first captured the public’s eye as lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny’s Child.
She later established a solo career with her debut album
Dangerously In Love , becoming one of music’s top-selling artists with sold-out tours and a slew of awards. Knowles has also starred in several films, including Dream Girls. She married hip-hop recording artist Jay-Z in 2008. In December 2013, she surprised audiences by releasing her fifth studio album, self-titled Beyoncé .
Early Life Singer and actress Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4,1981, in Houston, Texas. She started singing at an early age, competing in local talent shows and winning many of these events by impressing audiences with her natural singing and dancing abilities.
On her own, Beyoncé continued to enjoy great success. Her second studio album, 2006’s B’Day featured such hits as “Irreplaceable” and
“Beautiful Liar.” On the big screen, she starred opposite Jennifer Hudson, Jaime Foxx and Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls. The film was adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name.
In 2008, Beyoncé married rapper and music mogul Jay-Z in a small, private ceremony in New York City. Among the guests sighted at the wedding were Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles; her father and manager Matthew; her sister Solange; Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams; and friend Gwyneth Paltrow.
The newlywed continued to work as hard as ever, promoting her latest effort, I am … Sasha Fierce (2008). Beyoncé scored two big hits off the album—”Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” and “If I Were a Boy.” She also returned to the big screen that year, starring as R&B legend Etta James in Cadillac Records.
The following January, Beyoncé sang James’trademark song, “At Last,” for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at his inaugural ball.
Awards and Accolades
At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé walked away with six honors—the most wins in a single night by a female artist. Her record was matched two years later by pop/soul artist Adele. In 2010, she also tied the record for most No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart, which is based on radio airplay.
In 2011, she made the Forbes Top 10 list of
entertainment’s highest-earning women. By 2013, Beyoncé had won 16 Grammys.
Beyoncé broke records once again on December 13, 2013, with her fifth studio album, self-titled Beyoncé. The album surprised fans and critics alike, as no promotion for the album had been announced prior to its release.
The record, which Beyoncé called a “visual album,” was released exclusively on iTunes, with physical discs available for purchase after December 18.
The record-breaking album sold more than 800,000 copies throughout the weekend it was released alone. The collection—which was the fastest-selling album ever distributed by iTunes—also marks Beyoncé’s fifth studio album to debut at No. 1, making her the first woman to reach No.1 on the Billboard 200 with her first five albums.
She released a Platinum Edition of the album in 2014, and the following year won three additional Grammys, including a Best R&B Performance award for “Drunk in Love.”
Married to Jay-Z since 2008, Beyoncé was the subject of many pregnancy rumors over the years.
In 2011,however, the notoriously private couple went public with the news of their impending new arrival.
Beyoncé showed off her growing baby bump at the MTV Video Music Awards that August.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z welcomed a baby daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7, 2012.
The couple spared no expense to maintain their privacy during this special time, renting out a floor of New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital.