Grammy Award-winning singer Beyoncé is famous for her powerful voice who was the member of 90s group Destiny’s Child. She is an international music icon with successful solo career. Her name was listed on Billboard as female artist of the decade, acknowledged with numerous awards and top selling records.
Born in Houston, Texas, on September 4, 1981, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles’ musical talent was developed since she was a child, by winning more than 30 local talent shows for singing and dancing. The 9-year-old Beyoncé joined her classmates LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson and her cousin Kelly Rowland to form a vocal group. The R&B group, which later named Destiny’s Child was unexpectedly became a big phenomenon in music industry.
After signed to Columbia Records in 1997, the group got mainstream recognition with the single “No, No No Part 2” from their debut album. Destiny’s child made a major breakthrough with The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), their second album that received two Grammys and sold million copies in US. The success also followed with the follow up album that topped the Billboard 200 chart.
Beyoncé not only sang for the group but also being the leader and wrote some of their hits. Beyoncé then established herself as a solo artist with Dangerously in Love that released in 2003. It was critically acclaimed, made Beyoncé earned five Grammys and rose to stardom. In 2004, Destiny’s Child launched their last album and embarked on a world tour the following year before they disbanded.
Beyoncé started to be focus on solo career. Her second studio album, “B’Day” was released in 2006, featured the hit song Irreplaceable. She also took a role in a-Broadway-adapted film Dreamgirls with Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson. After married rapper Jay-Z in 2008, Beyoncé came back with If I Were a Boy, a hit single featured in her latest album “I am… Sasha Fierce”. She starred as Etta James, a R&B legend in big screen project Cadillac Records. She got a chance to sing At Last in front of President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
Besides singing and acting, Beyoncé also launched House of Dereon a clothing line with her mother. She has been actively joined as the model for famous brands, including L’Oreal. She lent her voice for animated films as a forest queen in Epic (2013) and as Nala in The Lion King (2019). Beyoncé also sang for the soundtracks of the film.
As a diva, Beyoncé has been collected numerous awards and broke her own record in her career. By 2013, she had received 16 Grammys and listed by Forbes as one of the Top 10 list of entertainment’s highest-earning women. Her 2013 album was released without big promotion, but sold more than 800,000 copies and became the fastest-selling album in iTunes. Her first five albums were made her became the first woman artist who entered the No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2020, Forbes also got her name at No. 72 in Power Women 2020 list and No. 55 in America’s Self-Made Women list.