With 23 Grammy wins and a sales record of over 100 million albums worldwide, Beyoncé is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the history of pop music. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from Queen Bey’s life and illustrious career.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on Sept. 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, U.S., to Tina and Matthew Knowles.
While still in high school, she formed an all-girl band called Girl’s Tyme with Kelly Rowland (2nd R), LaTavia Roberson (R) and LeToya Luckett (L). It was later renamed Destiny’s Child in 1997 when they signed with Columbia Records.
Destiny’s Child went on to become one of the most popular R&B groups of the time. Some of their hit numbers included “No, No, No,” “Bug a Boo,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” and “Say My Name.”
In 1999, Roberson and Luckett left the band following allegations that Matthew Knowles (C), who managed the band, kept a disproportionate share of the band’s profit and favored his daughter and his niece (Rowland). They were replaced by Michelle Williams (2nd L) and Farrah Franklin, although Franklin left the group five months after being inducted. The trio then went on to become one of the best-selling female groups of all time.
Basking in her success, Beyoncé embarked on her solo career in 2001. She landed her first film, playing the title role in “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” (2001).
She was next seen in the comedy film “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (pictured, 2002), alongside Mike Myers (R) and Seth Green.
In addition to her acting career, Beyoncé released her debut solo album, “Dangerously in Love,” in 2003. A massive success, the album won a total of five Grammy Awards.
Destiny’s Child released its last studio album, “Destiny Fulfilled,” in 2004, before disbanding the next year. They also released their greatest-hits compilation album called “#1’s” in 2005, which included hits such as “Independent Woman Part 1,” “Say My Name” and “Lose My Breath.”
In 2006, Beyoncé released her second solo album “B’Day” to coincide with her 25th birthday. It spawned several hits such as “Ring the Alarm,” “Green Light” and “Déjà Vu” featuring JAY-Z.
The star then played a pop star in the Steve Martin (C) film “The Pink Panther” (2006).
The biggest highlight of Beyoncé’s acting career was the musical drama film “Dreamgirls” (pictured, 2006), earning her a Golden Globe nomination. She played the role of Deena Jones, which was based on legendary singer Diana Ross.
She went on her first world tour in April 2007. Called “Beyoncé Experience,” the concert visited 97 venues around the world.
That same year, she re-released her “B’Day” album with some new songs. This deluxe version featured a duet with Shakira (L), called “Beautiful Liar.”
In April 2008, she married rapper JAY-Z. She revealed the news of her wedding via a video montage at the listening party for her third studio album, “I Am… Sasha Fierce.” The couple has three children – daughter Blue Ivy Carter (b. 2012, pictured) and twins Rumi and Sir Carter (b. 2017).
She released her third album (“I Am… Sasha Fierce”) in November 2008. Some of its biggest singles were “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “If I Were a Boy” and “Halo.”
The video of “Single Ladies” became a worldwide sensation due to its exquisite choreography. It won several accolades, including the 2009 Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The star returned to the big screen with the musical biopic “Cadillac Records” (2008), starring as R&B legend Etta James. Her performance was well-received and she earned several award nominations.
She earned 10 nominations at the 2010 Grammy Awards and ended up winning six, a record for the most wins by a female artist on a single night. To date, the record has only been matched by Adele in 2012.
The star forayed into other ventures with the launch of her first official fragrance – Heat – in 2010. She has since launched other fragrances such as Heat Rush and Pulse.
On June 28, 2011, Beyoncé released her fourth studio album “4.” It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and featured singles such as “Love on Top,” “Party,” “Countdown” and “End of Time.” At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the single “Love on Top” won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Her performance at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, held on Feb. 3, 2013, has the distinction of being one of the most tweeted moments in history. It generated about 252,000 tweets every minute.
Beyoncé directed and produced an autobiographical documentary titled “Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” in 2013. It aired on HBO on Feb. 16, 2013, and later was released as a DVD in November that year.
(Pictured) Beyoncé with Oprah Winfrey at the premiere of the film in New York City, New York, U.S., on Feb. 12, 2013.
The singer unexpectedly released her fifth studio album “Beyoncé” on Dec. 13, 2013, on iTunes. Like all her previous albums, it also debuted at the No. 1 spot, making her the first woman to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200 for five consecutive albums.
At the 2015 Grammy Awards, the singer was nominated for six awards. She ended up winning three trophies – Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Drunk in Love” and Best Surround Sound Album for “Beyoncé.”
Beyoncé made a featured appearance in Coldplay’s single “Hymn for the Weekend” from their 2015 album “A Head Full of Dreams.”
(Pictured) Beyonce and Chris Martin of Coldplay onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, California.
At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé earned a total of 11 nominations. She went on to win eight, including Video of the Year for “Formation.” Presently, she is the most-awarded artist at the ceremony with a total of 24 wins.
On April 23, 2016, the singer released her sixth studio album “Lemonade.” It debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts.
At the 2017 Grammys, she won two awards – Best Urban Contemporary Album for “Lemonade” and Best Music Video for “Formation.”
Although the singer didn’t attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, she ended up winning five of them – Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Tour and Top R&B Album for “Lemonade.” She also won Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards.
She was named the top-earning woman in the music business five times – 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – by Forbes, coming in the second position in the 2019 list with total earnings of $81 million.
Beyoncé created history by becoming the first black woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14, 2018. Accompanied by a brass marching band, she opened the two-hour-long set by singing “Crazy in Love,” before crooning “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” A Destiny’s Child reunion also took place when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her on stage to sing their ’90s hits “Say My Name,” “Soldier” and “Lose My Breath.”
In June 2018, JAY-Z and Beyoncé began their second tour together in Cardiff, Wales. Billed as “On the Run II,” this marked the sequel to the couple’s 2014 tour together “On The Run.” With 15 stops across the U.K. and 21 in North America, the tour raked in $253.5 million, according to Billboard reports. It was also crowned the Top R&B/Hip-Hop tour of the year by Billboard.
In April 2019, she released a surprise live album titled “Homecoming: The Live Album,” coinciding with her Netflix documentary of the same name. The album was recorded during the 2018 Coachella festival.
Beyoncé voiced the character of Nala in the Walt Disney live-action feature, “Lion King,” which released on July 19, 2019. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film starred Donald Glover as Simba and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. The film also featured her duet with rapper Donald Glover, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” as well as “Spirit,” the lead single from the soundtrack.
Tina Knowles has hit back at critics of her daughter Beyonce’s visual album ‘Black Is King’.
After Beyonce, 38, was accused of “appropriating” African culture for the new project – which is based on the soundtrack she produced for the 2019 remake of ‘The Lion King’ – Tina insisted that Beyonce is of “African descent” and has worked with “African creatives” on the new album.
She wrote on Instagram: “Those who are criticizing the film (before they even see it) saying it’s unauthentic, upset that B doesn’t actually go to Africa or say that Bey is simply using African cultures for gain are wrong because 1. She makes less with her Afrocentric content. 2. She’s actually taken the time studied African costumes and such and didn’t just throw this together. She’s worked with actual African dancers, film makers, directors etc on this project so for some African Americans and Africans to say it’s a facade is truly discrediting the work of their own people. 3. While people whine about her not touring in Africa yet beg for more African representation in entertainment but are mad that they’re getting it from one the world’s greatest stars is strange to me. They’d rather have B come and they spend their money for a show once or twice every few years rather than have someone of African descent work with African creatives to create art that celebrates them that will last forever and it be done at no cost to them (sic).”
And Tina, 66, also went on to blast those who are trying to tear Byeonce down, insisting that the star “dedicates her art to Boldly show the Royalty and beauty of our heritage and journey”.
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Tina Knowles and Beyonce
She wrote: “It’s really sad that the women who shout the loudest ‘protect the black woman’ that they are the ones that are trying to tear her down. Sisters wake up!!!! Beyonce was taught from a little girl to lift other women up not to tear them down. She minds her own business , does not criticize anyone, Gives of her time and money , and dedicates her art to Boldly show the Royalty and beauty of our heritage and journey ! Her work is to change the narrative! To show that we did not start off as slaves , but that we were kings and queens before we were forced into slavery . Don’t you want to see something that shows that ! Aren’t you sick and tired Of seeing us as slaves ! She employs African and African-American people , fights for many ‘first’ in the fashion and film world . Take an inventory of yourself and your hate. Where is it coming from? (sic).”