Beyoncé Knowles
American singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer
Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, known mononymously as Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. 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 time.
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Grammy Nominations 2017 Include Beyoncé And Adele
Huffington Post - 3 months
Awards season is about to begin and music’s biggest night will be here before you know it. On Tuesday morning, the Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  Last year’s Best New Artist, Meghan Trainor, got things rolling by revealing the general field awards on “CBS This Morning,” and more nominations were announced throughout the day.  Beyoncé leads with nine nominations, while Drake and Rihanna follow close behind with eight each. Meanwhile, Chance the Rapper is nominated for seven awards and Adele earned herself five noms.  Head over to Grammy.com for a full list of all the nominations for 2017: Album Of The Year: 25 — Adele Lemonade — Beyoncé Purpose — Justin Bieber Views — Drake A Sailor’s Guide To Earth — Sturgill Simpson   Song Of The Year: “Formation”— Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé) “Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele) “I Took A Pill In I ...
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Videotapes Of Beyoncé Performing At Age 10 Are Fantastically ’90s
Huffington Post - 3 months
Occasionally, we fail to remember that 35-year-old Beyoncé Knowles has been singing and dancing for live audiences for nearly three decades. But this auction announcement is a pleasant reminder of that ― and ’90s-tastic fashion. Ted Owens & Co., a London auctioneer offering “exclusive and eclectic collectables from the iconic era’s and bygone times,” has put up for sale video tapes showing Beyoncé performing at age 10 in 1992. Take a look above for a rainbow-striped preview. Together, the 12 unedited, professionally produced tapes were discovered in the original vidographer’s garage and feature approximately two-and-a-half hours of footage. The company estimates this slice of pop culture history is worth up to around $3.8 million. Encouraged by family from her earliest years in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé began learning choreographed routines and perfecting her voice. By 10, she was performing with the rap group Girl’s Tyme, which would debut (unsuccessfully) ...
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Yes, Yes, Yes! Destiny's Child's First Single Came Out 19 Years Ago This Week
Huffington Post - 4 months
It’s hard to remember a time without our savior Beyoncé Knowles and her disciples Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, combining their powers to create Destiny’s Child. But we once existed without them ― a land before time known as “the early to mid-‘90s.”  We won’t dwell on what life was like sans this pop/R&B music group. Instead, we’ll choose to remember the day they came into our lives: Nov. 11, 1997. On this historic day, Destiny’s Child’s first single, “No No No,” hit the airwaves. (Williams was not part of the original group; in her place were members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett.)  The group took to social media Friday to remember their big day and it’s got us all like “Yes Yes Yes:”  “No, No, No,” the first single by Destiny’s Child ft. @wyclef, was released on this day in 1997! https://t.co/9qZhARov3R — Destiny's Child (@destinyschild) November 11, 2016 “No, No, No,” the first single by Destiny’s Child, was ...
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Did The CMA Awards Really Delete All Mention Of Beyoncé To Appease Racists?
Huffington Post - 4 months
On Wednesday night, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter graced the CMA Awards with her presence, performing “Daddy Lessons” from “Lemonade” with help from the Dixie Chicks, much to the delight of the crowd in front of her and, at least for a period of time, the Country Music Association.  TMZ reports that Beyoncé was prominently featured on CMAWorld.com early Thursday, and that the association’s official Twitter account tweeted about the performance, as well.  Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks perform “Daddy Lessons” at the CMAs But as of the current moment, all mention of Beyoncé on the CMAs website and Twitter account has been erased, and the association has yet to provide a reason as to why its scrubbed the singer from those online platforms. .@CountryMusic, why did you delete your tweets referring to @Beyonce's performance at the #CMAawards50? — deray mckesson (@deray) November 3, 2016 At around 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, however, the CMAs Instagram pag ...
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6 other couples that will restore your faith in a post-Brangelina world
Yahoo News - 5 months
It's hard to accept the end of a relationship like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  The two gave us Mr. and Mrs. Smith, what might be the greatest celebrity portmanteau ever (Brangelina) and the fiercest red carpet couple appearances.  But please do not give up on love. Love is far from dead. It's very much alive, blossoming within the thousands of other high-profile power couples in the world we can look up to in awe. Here are six beams of light and love to turn to during the dark days ahead.  SEE ALSO: Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Image: APAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais There really isn't much to be said here that can't be felt by simply looking at photos of the POTUS and the FLOTUS. Whether it's their smiles, slow dances or fist-bumps, the couple are absolutely goals. Through thick and thin, they are by each other's side. Plus once a feature film is created about your first date, you will be on favorite cou ...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 4-10
Yahoo News - 6 months
Sept. 4: Today's Birthdays: Actress Mitzi Gaynor is 85. Actor Kenneth Kimmins ("Coach") is 75. Singer Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips is 74. TV personality Dr. Jan Pol ("The Incredible Dr. Pol") is 74. Actress Jennifer Salt ("Soap") is 72. Bassist Ronald LaPread (The Commodores) is 66. Actress Judith Ivey is 65. Drummer Martin Chambers of The Pretenders is 65. Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs ("Welcome Back, Kotter") is 63. Actress Khandi Alexander ("ER," ''NewsRadio") is 59. Actor-comedian Damon Wayans is 56. Guitarist Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is 56. Actress Ione Skye is 46. DJ/music producer Mark Ronson is 41. Singer Richard Wingo of Jagged Edge is 41. Bassist Ian Grushka of New Found Glory is 39. Actor Wes Bentley ("American Beauty") is 38. Actor Max Greenfield ("New Girl") is 37. Singer Dan Miller of O-Town is 36. Singer Beyonce' Knowles (Destiny's Child) is 35. Singer-guitarist Tom Gossin of Gloriana is 35. Actress Whitney Cummings ("Whitney") is 34. Comedian Kyle ...
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Top 5 Girl Power Role Models of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
2015 was an interesting year, to say the least. Kanye West announced he's running for president, the internet freaked out over the color of a dress, the phrase "Netflix and Chill" took on a whole new meaning, and, most recently, everyone became a Star Wars fan. Although this year had its ups and downs, there were some incredible women who continued to be positive role models, yet their Girl Power was not nearly as talked about as Drake's Hotline Bling dance was. Here are some women that will inspire you to reach new heights in 2016. Sheryl Sandberg Who is she? Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women's voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compell ...
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No, Beyoncé Won't Be Starring In Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born' Remake
Huffington Post - about 1 year
On Friday, Page Six reported that Bradley Cooper was set to make his directorial debut with a remake of "A Star Is Born" featuring Beyoncé Knowles as his leading lady. Rumors of the singer's casting have swirled since 2011, when Clint Eastwood was attached to direct, but she has neither confirmed or denied her involvement in the project. The superstar's last starring role was in the 2009 thriller "Obsessed" ("You think you're crazy? I'll show you crazy. Just try me, b**ch."), so news of her return to the silver screen traveled like wildfire.  Unfortunately, everybody got excited over nothing because Bey has no connection to the film at this point in time. Cooper shot down the story on Sunday night at the premiere of his new dramedy, "Joy." The actor told E! News that the collaboration was "just a rumor." He also revealed that he hasn't even spoken with the Beyoncé about the possibility of a remake.  "But with that said," he continued. "I would be honored obviously to work ...
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Beyoncé ‘streetwear' line to launch in 2016
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Beyoncé Knowles is working with British retail tycoon Sir Philip Green on her own clothing brand. As head of the Arcadia Group, Sir Philip Green owns a host of fashion retailers including Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Burtons and Miss Selfridge. News that Beyoncé was considering a move into fashion first surfaced at the end of 2014 when it was revealed she'd held discussions with Green regarding the creation of a new global clothing company -- Parkwood Topshop.
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Kelly Rowland Says A Destiny's Child Reunion Is Not Happening
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Kelly Rowland quashed rumors of a Destiny's Child reunion, and it's going to take us a while to survive this news.  In an interview with Us Weekly, Rowland said that she and fellow Independent Women Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams haven't even discussed getting back together.  "It hasn’t been something that we’ve talked about at all," Rowland said. "We’ve just been enjoying each other, whether it’s been about our music, whether it’s been about motherhood or our personal lives. That’s what it’s really been about. That’s been the most beautiful part."  The 34-year-old new mom added, "We love each other." Williams told E! News in 2013 that it would take "something epic and worthwhile and amazing" to get the Destiny's Child together.  "I'm never going to say never, but it'll be a long time," said Williams.   Williams, Rowland and Knowles last performed together in March at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, and everyone remembers their last reunion durin ...
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L’Oreal Paris Crowns Sir John
Hollywood News - almost 2 years
Leading global beauty brand, L’Oreal Paris is thrilled to welcome renowned celebrity makeup artist, Sir John, to its notable roster of experts. A consummate visionary, Sir John uses the power of cosmetics to exalt women to their highest impact and is now able to empower even more women to become their most beautiful selves. In his new role, Sir John will lend his insights and expertise to everything from product development and how-to’s to social media. “We are delighted to welcome Sir John into our L’Oreal Paris family,” said Karen T. Fondu, President, L’Oreal Paris. “His skill for knowing how to draw out confidence and enhance the natural beauty in a woman is exceptional. His creativity and skill will help our consumers translate professionally-inspired looks to the everyday and encourage them to be their own makeup designers.” “I’m thrilled to be working with L’Oreal Paris – it’s a humbling experience,” says Sir John. “It’s a brand I have admired for years, dating back well befo ...
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This Forgotten Day in Houston: Did You Buy Destiny’s Child’s First Album?
Houston Chronicle - about 2 years
February 17, 1998: On this day, Houston’s own Destiny’s Child released their first album. The self-titled album went gold, the hit single “No, No, No” went platinum, and Beyonce Knowles would become a pop icon. At the time, the Chronicle wrote that “Destiny’s Child’s date with destiny had finally arrived.” To this day, Beyonce is […]
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The 36 Best and Worst Celebrity Baby Names of All Time
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Just as we turn to celebrities for new trends to name our children, we also look toward them to see what outrageous names they have picked this time around. From Apple to Zahara, Mallory Moss presents the best and worst celebrity baby names of all time. And when it was bad, it was horrid: Audio Science (Shannon Sossamon & Dallas Clayton). Supposedly, the parents -- a musician and an author -- were looking for a "word name" and decided this name was meaningful. Sorry, this name is hideous. Meaningful words in baby naming may include Harmony, Grace and, yes, even Moxie -- but not Audio Science! Pirate (Jonathan & Devon Davis). I suppose we should expect the frontman of Korn to have an odd name for a child to match his musical proclivities. But Pirate? Using words with negative connotations can target children with personas of ill-repute before they even have a chance to establish their own identities. Blue Ivy (Beyoncé Knowles & Jay-Z). My issue with Blue Iv ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Beyoncé Knowles
    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 30
    However, on October 9, 2012, Knowles told E!
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    On July 27, 2012, it was announced that Knowles would become an ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day campaign, and that she would be donating her song "I Was Here" and its music video to the campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The campaign, which launched on August 2, asked people around the world to pledge to help another person on World Humanitarian Day. The music video for "I Was Here" was directed by Kenzo Digital and Sophie Muller, and filmed in front of a live audience at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on August 10. On August 19, Knowles helped the campaign make social media history as more than one billion messages were shared at the same time in relation to the event.
    In May 2012, Knowles announced that she would be bringing Sasha Fierce back for her Revel shows.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles has stated: "I like to dress sexy and I carry myself like a lady," but she has said that the way she dresses on stage is "absolutely for the stage". The media often use the term "Bootylicious" (a portmanteau of the words booty and delicious), to describe Knowles because of her curves. The term was made widely known by the Destiny's Child single of the same name, and has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. As someone who is fond of fashion, Knowles combines its artistic elements with her music videos and performances. According to Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, she uses different styles and tries to harmonize it with the music while performing. The B'Day Anthology Video Album showed many instances of fashion-oriented footage, depicting classic to contemporary wardrobe styles. People magazine recognized Knowles as the best-dressed celebrity in 2007. Knowles' mother wrote a 2002-published book, titled Destiny's Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny's Child, an account of how fashion had an impact on Destiny's Child's success. As one of the most media-exposed black celebrities in the United States, Knowles has often received criticism that some believe is due to racism and sexism. Toure of Rolling Stone stated that since the release of Dangerously in Love (2003), "Beyoncé has become a crossover sex symbol a la Halle Berry " In 2006, the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), had criticized Knowles for wearing fur coats and using fur in her clothing line House of Deréon.
    In January 2012, it was announced that Scaptia beyonceae, a species of horse fly found in Northern Queensland, Australia, was named after Knowles.
    More Details Hide Details Bryan Lessard, the research scientist who named the species, did so due to the fly's unique golden hairs on its abdomen, calling it the "all-time diva of flies". Later that month, Rutgers University in New Jersey introduced a course named after Knowles called "Politicizing Beyoncé". The course allows students to explore the "social and cultural significance" of Knowles' music and image, including her alter ego Sasha Fierce and whether Knowles "racy performances" are of female sexual empowerment or "merely complying with western gender stereotypes". Artists have cited her as an inspiration, including Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Nicole Scherzinger and Rita Ora. Rihanna stated, "when she came out with Dangerously in Love I was like 'wow, I want to be just like that.' She's huge and just an inspiration and one of the artists that I admire a lot." Jessie J stated that she would like to be as successful as Knowles within the next decade. JoJo cited Knowles as an inspiration in her music, stating: "I think she's incredible as an entertainer, a role model, and a writer. I think she can do it all." Adele stated that she was inspired by Knowles' alter ego Sasha Fierce, to create her own named Sasha Carter. The composite of Sasha Fierce and late country icon June Carter, is pulled out whenever she needs to give herself a shot of confidence. Adele said: "I don't know her but she's a huge part of my life Everything I refer to has always got something to do with Destiny's Child or her.
    In 2012, Knowles was ranked third on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music".
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    Nielsen SoundScan ranked Knowles as the eighth best-selling digital artist in the US, with more than 30.4 million digital singles sold as of January 2012.
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    In 2012, she was named "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout Knowles' career, she has earned numerous awards and honors. As a solo artist, she has sold over 13 million albums in the United States and over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
    On October 16, 2012, it was announced that Knowles will be performing at Super Bowl XLVII, to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3, 2013, during the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show.
    More Details Hide Details Possible guests for Knowles' show include Jay-Z and her former Destiny's Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. With 'Irreplaceable,' the aggressive lyrics, the acoustic guitar, and the 808 drum machine - those things don't typically go together, and it sounded fresh. 'Crazy in Love' was another one of those classic moments in pop culture that none of us expected. I asked Jay to get on the song the night before I had to turn my album in - thank God he did. Knowles' music is generally contemporary R&B, but she also incorporates pop, funk, hip hop, and soul into her songs. While she almost exclusively releases English songs, Knowles recorded several Spanish songs for Irreemplazable and the re-release of B'Day. Prior to recording these, Knowles was coached phonetically by American record producer Rudy Perez. Since Destiny's Child, Knowles has artistically been involved in her career. She received co-writing credits for most of the songs recorded by the group, as well as her solo efforts.
    In August 2012, it was announced that she will produce, direct, and star in a biographical documentary about her life and career.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, Forbes placed Knowles and Jay-Z at number one on the "World's Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples" list, for collectively earning $78 million in the past year.
    On May 31, 2012, it was announced that Knowles will be cast as Queen Tara in the upcoming 3D CGI animated film Epic, to be released by 20th Century Fox.
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    In May 2012, Forbes placed Knowles at number 16 on the "Celebrity 100" list, having earned $40 million in the past year for her album 4, clothing line and endorsement deals.
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    On February 10, 2012, Knowles and Jay-Z revealed photos of Blue Ivy on Tumblr for the first time ever.
    More Details Hide Details Following the 54th Grammy Awards, songwriter Ryan Tedder revealed during an interview with The Boombox that Knowles is working on two new albums. He said, "The conversations about her next album literally just started and there are two projects happening. All I can say is you kind of feed her the best that you have and she's this phenomenal filter and she takes it all in. She's not interested in 2012, interested in what's to sound good for 2013. Without question she steers the ship. With Beyoncé, you just let her go, she's ridiculous, she's the best." Knowles has also been working with The-Dream, Kanye West, Hit-Boy, Diane Warren and Missy Elliott.
    On January 7, 2012, Knowles gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Two days later, Jay-Z released "Glory", a song dedicated to their child, on his social website Lifeandtimes.com. The song detailed the couple's pregnancy struggles, including a miscarriage Knowles suffered before becoming pregnant with their daughter. Due to Blue Ivy's cries being heard in end of the song, she was officially credited on the song as B.I.C. At two days old, she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart when "Glory" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 74.
    She is the eighth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with more than 30.4 million digital singles sold as of January 2012.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 29
    In October 2011, Prefix magazine ranked her first on their list of the "Best Female R&B Singers", writing "What's almost unbelievably insane is that not only can Beyoncé sing better than anybody else out there, but she can also dance better than anyone else out there, and unlike virtually every single performer, she can do both at the same time."
    More Details Hide Details She was also ranked 13th on The Roots list of "The 100 Most Influential African Americans".
    In September 2011, Knowles set a new Guinness World Record for most tweets per second about her pregnancy.
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    Knowles and her husband Jay-Z made it into the 2011 Guinness Book of Records as the "highest-earning power couple" for collectively earning $122 million in 2009.
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    At the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, Knowles was honored the Billboard Millennium Award for her "achievements and influence in the music industry".
    More Details Hide Details She has won 16 Grammy Awards, both as a solo artist and member of Destiny's Child, making her the third most honored female artist. Knowles' debut solo album Dangerously in Love was ranked at number 183 on the "Top 200 Definitive Albums" list by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The music video for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" achieved fame for its intricate choreography and its deployment of jazz hands with a wrist twist. It has been credited with starting the "first major dance craze of both the new millennium and the Internet", triggering a number of parodies of the dance choreography. The music video inspired a legion of amateur imitators to post videos of themselves performing the choreography on YouTube. In 2010, Knowles was ranked at number 52 on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". On November 19, 2010, Billboard named her in their "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years" list at number 15. In 2011, "Crazy in Love" was declared the "Greatest Song of the 2000s" by VH1.
    Later that month, Knowles won a Writing Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, for her July 2011 Essence magazine cover story "Eat, Play, Love", which talks about her break from her music career in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles took the stage at Revel Atlantic City's Ovation Hall for four nights of performances, May 25, 26, 27 and 28, to celebrate the resort's opening. The Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live concerts were noted as Knowles' first performances since giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January of the same year.
    In November 2011, social media website Saucytime.com named Knowles the "Highest Paid Performer Per Minute in the World", having earned £1.25 million for a five-song performance at a private New Year's Eve 2010 party on the island of St. Barts, equating to £71,040 for each minute she was on the stage.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles received two nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Party", and Best Long Form Music Video for I Am... World Tour.
    On October 8, 2011, a pre-taped performance of Knowles performing Michael Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are" was shown during the Michael Forever Tribute Concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
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    Knowles' announcement of her pregnancy resulted in an increase in sales of her records, particularly 4, which had sold around 700,000 copies by August 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The album has since sold 1.3 million copies in the US and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Internationally, the album has sold 2.1 million copies worldwide as of January 2012.
    MTV reported that Knowles' performance of "Love on Top" and the announcement of her pregnancy at the awards ceremony helped the 2011's MTV Video Music Awards become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, data from Google Insights showed that the most searched for term from August 29, 2011 to September 4, 2011 was "Beyonce pregnant" which reached 'breakout' levels – a term used by Google to describe a search with an increase of over 5,000 percent.
    On August 28, 2011 at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Knowles announced that she and Jay-Z were expecting their first child.
    More Details Hide Details She made the announcement during her red carpet appearance and again at the end of her performance of "Love on Top" by rubbing her growing stomach. The Huffington Post later confirmed that Knowles was 5 months pregnant and her pregnancy announcement had broken the "most tweets per second recorded for a single event" Twitter record, receiving 8,868 tweets per second.
    Knowles' fourth studio album 4 was released on June 28, 2011 in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details For the album, she drew inspiration from musicians, such as Fela Kuti, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lionel Richie, with additional influences from The Jackson 5, New Edition, Florence and the Machine, Adele, and Prince, among others. 4 sold 310,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Knowles her fourth consecutive number-one album in the US. This made her the third artist in the chart's history, to have her first four studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200. The album was preceded by the release of its first two singles "Run the World (Girls)" and "Best Thing I Never Had". "Run the World (Girls)" reached the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and South Korea. "Best Thing I Never Had" was a moderate success, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the UK Singles Chart. The album's fourth single "Love on Top" was a commerical success in the US, peaking at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks. 4 also produced two other singles, "Countdown" and "End of Time", which were both unsuccessful. Knowles took the stage at New York's Roseland Ballroom for four nights of special performances. The set on each night of the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé concerts was the entire collection of 4.
    On June 26, 2011, Knowles performed a 90-minute set at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first solo female artist ever to headline the Pyramid stage at the festival in over twenty years.
    In May 2011, Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust of Billboard magazine listed Knowles at number 17 on their list of the "Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters", for having co-written eight singles that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of only three women on that list. Knowles possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range that spans more than three octaves. She has often been identified as the centerpiece of Destiny's Child. Jon Pareles of The New York Times commented that she has the voice that defines the group, writing that her voice is "velvety yet tart, with an insistent flutter and reserves of soul belting". Other critics praise her range and power. In reviewing her second album B'Day, Jody Rosen of Entertainment Weekly wrote "Beyoncé Knowles is a storm system disguised as a singer. On her second solo album, B'Day, the songs arrive in huge gusts of rhythm and emotion, with Beyoncé's voice rippling over clattery beats; you'd have to search far and wide—perhaps in the halls of the Metropolitan Opera – to find a vocalist who sings with more sheer force No one—not R. Kelly, not Usher, to say nothing of her rival pop divas—can match Beyoncé's genius for dragging her vocal lines against a hip-hop beat." Chris Richards of The Washington Post wrote, "Even when she's coasting, she soars above her imitators. It's all in her voice—a superhuman instrument capable of punctuating any beat with goose-bump-inducing whispers or full-bore diva-roars. Smitten, scorned, amorous, antagonistic—Beyoncé sings from all of these vantage points with undeniable virtuosity." Knowles has often been criticized for oversinging. A prominent employer of melisma, she earns frequent comparison to such artists as Mariah Carey, whose vocal embellishments have been known to detract from the melody of their songs.
    On April 26, 2011, Knowles released a video of her own version of the exercise routine.
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    In April 2011, Knowles joined forces with US First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to help boost her campaign against child obesity.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles reworked her single "Get Me Bodied" (2007) and renamed it "Move Your Body" for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative. On April 9, 2011, an instructional video, featuring a group of teenagers dancing to "Move Your Body" was released online.
    Knowles' third fragrance, Pulse, was launched in September 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles and Destiny's Child band mate, Kelly Rowland, along with the former's family, founded the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up to provide transitional housing for 2005 Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in the Houston area. The Survivor Foundation extended the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston. Knowles donated $100,000 to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, which benefits victims of Hurricane Ike in the Houston area. She organized a fund raising benefit for Hurricane Ike relief through the Survivor Foundation. In 2005, music producer David Foster, his daughter Amy Foster-Gillies, and Knowles wrote "Stand Up for Love", which would serve as the anthem of World Children's Day, an event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children's causes worldwide. Destiny's Child lent their voices and support as global ambassadors for the 2005 World Children's Day program. Knowles conducted food drives during stops on The Beyoncé Experience tour in Houston on July 14, Atlanta on July 20, Washington, D.C. on August 9, Toronto on August 15, Chicago on August 18, and Los Angeles on September 2, 2006. On October 4, 2008, Knowles attended the Miami Children's Hospital Diamond Ball & Private Concert at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, where she was inducted into the International Pediatric Hall of Fame.
    In April 2011, Knowles was sued by US game developer, Gate Five, for more than $100 million, who claimed she "destroyed its business on a whim".
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    In February 2011, Knowles launched her second fragrance, Heat Rush.
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    In June 2011, Knowles became the first major solo female artist to perform on the Pyramid stage, in over twenty years, at the Glastonbury Festival in England.
    More Details Hide Details Men's Health magazine named Knowles one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking her at number 33.
    In February 2011, LA Times magazine placed Knowles at number 25 on its list of the 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film.
    More Details Hide Details During the same month, Knowles appeared on the cover of the March issue of French fashion magazine L'Officiel, in honor of the magazine's 90th anniversary and in tribute to Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Knowles appeared in blackface and tribal makeup, that had drawn criticism from the media. A statement released from a spokesperson for the magazine, said that Knowles' look was "far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce" and explained that it was "a return to her African roots, as you can see on the picture, on which her face was voluntarily darkened."
    In June 2011, Forbes placed her eighth on the "Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30" list, having earned $35 million in the past year for her clothing line and endorsement deals.
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    On March 28, 2011, Knowles' publicist Yvette Noel-Schure issued a statement that Knowles and her father as well as manager, Mathew Knowles had parted ways "on a business level."
    More Details Hide Details Knowles took this decision during her break from her music career in 2010.
    On March 2, 2011, a spokesperson for Knowles told The Huffington Post that she donated the money to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
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    In February 2011, documents obtained by WikiLeaks revealed that Knowles was one of many entertainers that received extravagant sums to perform for the family of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
    More Details Hide Details Rolling Stone magazine reported that the music industry was urging them to return the money they earned for the concerts.
    In January 2011, it was announced that Knowles would star in a remake of A Star Is Born, to be directed and produced by Clint Eastwood for Warner Bros.
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  • 2010
    Age 28
    Gate Five alleged that Knowles changed her mind about plans for a game called Starpower: Beyoncé, forcing the company to sack 70 employees the week before Christmas 2010.
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    In September 2010, Knowles made her runway modelling debut at Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.
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    She was also ranked ninth on the "Hollywood's 20 Highest Earners of 2010" list, becoming the only recording artist to enter the top ten.
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    In October 2010, Forbes placed Knowles ninth on the "Most Powerful Women in the World" list.
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    In February 2010, Knowles was featured on Lady Gaga's single "Telephone".
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    During an interview with Elysa Gardner of USA Today on January 28, 2010, Knowles announced that she would be taking a break from her music career saying "to live life, to be inspired by things again".
    More Details Hide Details A 60 Minutes segment that aired the same day, revealed Knowles was homeschooled as a child and prays before every live performance.
    The album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles' fourth solo album, 4 (2011), became her fourth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist. This made her the third artist in the chart's history to have her first four studio albums debut atop the chart. Apart from her work in music, Knowles has also ventured into acting and designing clothes and various perfumes. She made her acting debut in the musical TV film Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001), prior to appearing in major films, Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), The Fighting Temptations (2003), Dreamgirls (2006), which earned her two Golden Globe nominations, Cadillac Records (2008) and Obsessed (2009). Knowles introduced her family's fashion line House of Deréon in 2005, and has endorsed such brands as 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", and second on its list of the "100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the World".
  • 2009
    Age 27
    In June 2009, Forbes placed Knowles fourth on the Celebrity 100 list, having earned $87 million in the past year.
    More Details Hide Details Lacey Rose of Forbes noted that it was due to her publishing and music sales, tour, films, clothing line and endorsement deals. At the 52nd Grammy Awards, Knowles received ten nominations, including Album of the Year for I Am... Sasha Fierce, Record of the Year for "Halo", and Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", among others. She tied with Lauryn Hill for most Grammy nominations in a single year by a female artist. Knowles ultimately set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night, when she won six awards from her ten nominations; Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Single Ladies", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Halo", Best Contemporary R&B Album, and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "At Last".
    In April 2009, Knowles starred opposite Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the thriller film, Obsessed.
    More Details Hide Details She played Sharon Charles, a mother and wife who learns of a woman's obsessive behavior for the former's husband, and suspects an affair between the two. The film received negative reviews from critics, though the fight scene finale between Sharon and the woman was praised and won the 2010 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. Obsessed spent its first week atop the US box office and grossed $34,802,334.
    In March 2009, Knowles embarked on the I Am...
    More Details Hide Details Tour, her second headlining concert tour. The tour consisted of 108 shows and grossed $119.5 million.
    On January 20, 2009, Knowles performed James' "At Last" at Barack Obama's first dance with his wife Michelle during the Neighborhood Ball of his inauguration as President of the United States.
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  • 2008
    Age 26
    In December 2008, Knowles starred as blues singer Etta James in the musical biopic film, Cadillac Records.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance in the film received praise from critics. John Kehe of The Christian Science Monitor wrote, "No one can channel Etta – she's a singular talent – but Beyoncé does it her own way and conjurs enough emotion and grit to make it work in the context of the movie." Knowles garnered several nominations for her portrayal of James, including a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. The music video for "Single Ladies" has been parodied and imitated around the world, spawning the "first major dance craze" of the Internet age. The video won several awards, including Best Video at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards, the 2009 MOBO Awards, and the 2009 BET Awards. At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was nominated for nine awards, ultimately winning three including Video of the Year. Its failure to win the Best Female Video category, which went to American country pop singer Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me", sparked controversy during the ceremony.
    In November 2008, Forbes magazine reported that Knowles earned $80 million between June 1, 2007 to June 1, 2008, for her music, tour, films and clothing line.
    More Details Hide Details This made her the world's second best-paid music personality at the time. I Am... Sasha Fierce was released on November 18, 2008 in the United States. The album introduces Knowles' alter ego Sasha Fierce, who was born during the making of her 2003 single "Crazy in Love". It sold 482,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Knowles her third consecutive number-one album in the US. I Am... Sasha Fierce has sold three million copies in the US and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Internationally, the album has sold seven million copies worldwide. I Am... Sasha Fierce was proceeded by the release of its two lead singles "If I Were a Boy" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". "If I Were a Boy" was a commercial success, reaching number one in various European countries, such as Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. "Single Ladies" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four non-consecutive weeks, becoming Knowles' fifth number-one single in the United States. The album's third international single "Halo" was also commercially successful, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and in the top ten in various other countries. "Halo"'s US success helped Knowles achieve more top ten singles on the Hot 100 chart than any other female artist during 2001–10.
    Knowles did not publicly debut her wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008, in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details She finally revealed their marriage through an opening montage video at the listening party for her third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce, in Manhattan's Sony Club on October 22, 2008.
    On April 4, 2008, Knowles married Jay-Z in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details It became a matter of public record on April 22, 2008.
    In April 2008, Knowles married American rapper Jay-Z, and gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Mathew Knowles, a professional record manager, and Tina Knowles (née Beyincé), a costume designer and hair stylist. Knowles' father is African American. Her mother, a Louisiana Creole, has African, French, Native American, and Irish ancestry; she is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard. Knowles was baptized after her mother's maiden name, as a tribute to her mother. She is the elder sister of Solange Knowles, a singer, songwriter and actress. Knowles was educated at St. Mary's Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas Hill Country, where she was enrolled in dance classes, including ballet and jazz. Her talent in singing was discovered when her dance instructor began humming a song and she finished it, hitting the high-pitched notes. Knowles' interest in music and performing began after participating in a school talent show. She sang John Lennon's "Imagine" and won the competition. At age seven, Knowles started gaining attention from the press, having been mentioned in the Houston Chronicle as a nominee for the local performing arts award The Sammy.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    On April 10, 2007, Knowles embarked on The Beyoncé Experience tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour visited over ninety venues worldwide and was later made into the concert DVD, The Beyoncé Experience Live! B'Day received five nominations at the 49th Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Ring the Alarm" and Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Déjà Vu". The Freemasons club mix of "Déjà Vu" without the rap was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. The album won the award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The following year, B'Day received two nominations; Record of the Year for "Irreplaceable" and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Beautiful Liar". Knowles' also received a nomination for her work in Dreamgirls.
    On April 3, 2007, Knowles re-released B'Day as a deluxe edition, which featured five new songs, including "Beautiful Liar", a duet with Colombian recording artist Shakira.
    More Details Hide Details The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It performed better in international music markets, where it reached number one in the United Kingdom, and became Knowles' third number-one single in that country and Shakira's second.
    Her role in the film earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations in 2007 for Best Actress and Best Original Song.
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  • 2006
    Age 24
    In December 2006, Knowles starred in Dreamgirls, a film adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical about a 1960s singing group, alongside Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles recorded several songs for the film's soundtrack, including the original song "Listen".
    Knowles released her second studio album B'Day in September 2006; it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 541,000 copies in its first week.
    More Details Hide Details It gained Knowles her largest first-week sales of her solo career and became her second consecutive number one album. It was certified three times platinum by the RIAA. The album has sold over 3.3 million copies in the United States. The album's lead single, "Déjà Vu", featuring Jay-Z, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Ring the Alarm" was released as the album's second US single, while "Irreplaceable" served as the second international single and later as the third US single. "Irreplaceable" spent ten consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Knowles' fourth number-one single as solo artist.
    In February 2006, Knowles starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy film The Pink Panther, as international pop star Xania.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2006, Destiny's Child reunited to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Knowles' single "Check on It", featuring rapper Slim Thug, was released from the album in December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The song spent five consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Knowles' third Hot 100 number-one as a solo artist and Slim Thug's first Hot 100 single.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    After a three-year journey that focused on individual solo projects, Knowles rejoined Rowland and Williams to release their fourth and final album Destiny Fulfilled in November 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified three times platinum by the RIAA. Destiny Fulfilled has sold over 3.1 million copies in the United States. The album spawned the hit singles "Lose My Breath", "Soldier" and "Cater 2 U". In April 2005, Destiny's Child embarked on their Destiny Fulfilled... And Lovin' It tour, which ended in September of that year. During the last stop of their European leg of the tour in Barcelona, Spain, Rowland announced that Destiny's Child would disband following the North American leg of the tour. A compilation album titled Number 1's, featuring the group's number-one hits and most well-known songs, was released in October 2005. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
    Knowles had originally planned to release a follow-up to Dangerously in Love in March 2004, which would feature some of the left-over recordings from the album.
    More Details Hide Details However, Knowles decided to put the album on hold in order to concentrate on the next Destiny's Child album.
    In March 2004, Knowles joined Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott and Tamia for the Verizon Ladies First Tour in North America.
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  • 2003
    Age 21
    Its popularity increased after the September 11 attacks, and it was re-released following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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    In November 2003, Knowles embarked on her Dangerously in Love Tour in Europe.
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    After Williams and Rowland released their solo efforts, Knowles released her début solo album Dangerously in Love in June 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 317,000 copies sold. It was certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Dangerously in Love has sold over 4.9 million copies in the United States and 11 million copies worldwide. It remains as Knowles' best-selling album to date. The album's lead single "Crazy in Love", featuring Jay-Z, spent eight consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single "Baby Boy", featuring dancehall singer Sean Paul, spent nine consecutive weeks at number one. The album's third single "Me, Myself and I", peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100, while "Naughty Girl", the fourth single, peaked at number three, and became Knowles' fourth consecutive top-five release from Dangerously in Love, and her fifth top-five hit as a solo artist. The album led Knowles to win a then record-tying five awards at the 46th Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dangerously in Love 2", Best R&B Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
    In March 2003, Knowles released a remix of 50 Cent's single "In Da Club", which made its way onto several mixtapes.
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    During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"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.
    More Details Hide Details Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B'Day, in 2006, which spawned the top ten singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Her third solo album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), spawned the hit singles "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams".
  • 2002
    Age 20
    In October 2002, Knowles was featured on her then-boyfriend Jay-Z's single "'03 Bonnie & Clyde".
    More Details Hide Details In the United States, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Rap Songs chart. Rumors began to circulate about their relationship after the release of "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". In spite of persistent rumors, they remained discreet about their relationship.
    In 2002, Knowles co-starred in the comedy film Austin Powers in Goldmember, playing Foxxy Cleopatra, opposite Mike Myers.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles recorded her first solo single "Work It Out", for the film's soundtrack. The following year, she starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the romantic comedy film, The Fighting Temptations, and recorded numerous songs for the film's soundtrack, including "Fighting Temptation" and a cover version of "Fever".
  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 19
    In early 2001, while Destiny's Child was completing their third album, Knowles landed a major role in the MTV made-for-television film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, starring alongside American actor Mekhi Phifer.
    More Details Hide Details Set in Philadelphia, the film is a modern interpretation of the 19th century opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet. Luckett and Roberson refiled their lawsuit after Destiny's Child's third album Survivor was released in May 2001, claiming that the songs were aimed at them. The album débuted at number one on US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 663,000 copies sold. To date, Survivor has sold over ten million copies worldwide, over forty percent of which were sold in the US alone. The album spawned other number-one hits, "Bootylicious" and the title track, "Survivor", the latter of which earned the group a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. After releasing their holiday album 8 Days of Christmas in October 2001, the group announced a hiatus to pursue solo careers.
  • 1999
    Age 17
    During this time, Knowles recorded a duet with Marc Nelson on the song "After All Is Said and Done" for the soundtrack to the 1999 film, The Best Man.
    More Details Hide Details Luckett and Roberson filed a lawsuit against the group for breach of contract. Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin appeared in the music video of "Say My Name", implying that Luckett and Roberson had already been replaced. Eventually, Luckett and Roberson left the group. Franklin would eventually fade from the group after five months, as evidenced by her absences during promotional appearances and concerts. She attributed her departure to negative vibes in the group resulting from the strife. During this time, Knowles had experienced depression from an accumulation of struggles: the publicized split of Luckett and Roberson, being publicly attacked by the media, critics and blogs for causing the split-up, and a longstanding boyfriend (that she had dated from age 13 to 19) leaving her. The depression was so severe it lasted for a couple of years, during which she kept herself in her bedroom for days and refused to eat anything. Knowles stated that she struggled to speak about her depression because Destiny's Child had just won their first Grammy Award and she feared no one would take her seriously. All of these events had made her question herself and who her friends were, describing the situation she said, "Now that I was famous, I was afraid I'd never find somebody again to love me for me. I was afraid of making new friends." She acknowledges her mother Tina Knowles for helping her out of her depression, saying: "Why do you think a person wouldn't love you?
  • 1997
    Age 15
    That same year, Destiny's Child recorded their major label début song "Killing Time" for the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, the group released their self-titled debut album, scoring their first major hit "No, No, No". The album established the group as a viable act in the music industry, amassing moderate sales and winning the group three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul Single for "No, No, No", Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. The group released their multi-platinum second album The Writing's on the Wall in 1999. The record features some of the group's most widely known songs such as "Bills, Bills, Bills", the group's first number-one single, "Jumpin' Jumpin'" and "Say My Name", which became their most-successful song at the time, and would remain one of their signature songs. "Say My Name" won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and the Best R&B Song at the 43rd Grammy Awards. The Writing's on the Wall sold more than eight million copies.
  • 1995
    Age 13
    To manage the group, Knowles' father (who was at that time a medical-equipment salesman) resigned in 1995 from his job.
    More Details Hide Details He dedicated his time and established a "boot camp" for their training. The move reduced Knowles' family's income by half and her parents were forced to move into separated apartments. Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Mathew cut the original lineup to four, with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993. Rehearsing in Tina's Headliners Salon and their backyards, the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups of the time; Tina contributed to the cause by designing their costumes, which she continued to do throughout the Destiny's Child era. With the continued support of Mathew, they auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records. They moved to Atlanta to work on their first recording, only to be cut by the record company in 1995. They returned home to start over again. This eventually put a strain on the family, and Beyoncé's parents separated briefly when she was 14. In 1996, the family reunited, and shortly after, the girls got a contract with Columbia Records.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 10
    With this, they both tied with Mariah Carey for most number-ones since the Nielsen BDS-based Top 40 airplay chart launched in 1992. "Telephone" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
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  • 1990
    Age 8
    In the fall of 1990, Knowles enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform on-stage with the school's choir.
    More Details Hide Details She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and later went to Alief Elsik High School, located in the Houston suburban munincipality, Alief. Knowles was a member of the choir at St. John's United Methodist Church for two years, performing as a soloist. At the age of eight, Knowles met LaTavia Roberson while in an audition for an all-girl entertainment group. They, along with Knowles' childhood friend Kelly Rowland, were placed into a group that performed rapping and dancing. Originally named Girl's Tyme, they were eventually cut down to six members. West coast R&B producer Arne Frager flew into Houston to see them. He eventually brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studios, in Northern California, with Knowles' vocals being featured. As part of efforts to sign Girl's Tyme to a major label record deal, Frager's strategy was to début them in Star Search, the biggest talent show on national TV at the time. Girl's Tyme participated in the competition but lost it because the song they performed was not good, Knowles herself admitted. Knowles had her first "professional setback" after that defeat but regained confidence after learning that pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had also the same experience.
  • 1981
    Born
    Born on September 4, 1981.
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