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           Beyoncé Knowles Biography
    Beyoncé Knowles is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording 
    artist who's acclaimed for her thrilling vocals, videos and live shows.
    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.
           Destiny's Child and Other Endeavors
    Teaming up with her cousin, Kelly Rowland, and two classmates, 
    Beyoncé formed an all-female singing group. Her father, Matthew 
    Knowles, served as the band's manager. The group went through some 
    name and line-up changes before landing a record deal in 1997 with 
    Columbia Records. Destiny's Child soon became one of the most popular 
    R&B acts, with the release of their first, self-titled album. Gaining 
    momentum, the group scored its first No. 1 single on the pop charts 
    with "Bills, Bills, Bills," off their second album. The recording 
    also featured another smash hit, "Say My Name."
    While enjoying her group's success, Beyoncé began exploring other 
    projects. She made her acting debut in 2001 with a starring role in 
    MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. She then co-starred with Mike Myers in 
    the spy parody Goldmember the following year. On the musical front, 
    Beyoncé took center stage as a solo artist, releasing her first album, 
    Dangerously in Love, in 2003. The recording became a huge success for 
    her, both commercially and critically. It sold millions of copies and 
    won five Grammy Awards. On the album, Beyoncé worked with a number 
    of different artists, including Missy Elliott, Sean Paul and Jay-Z. 
    She was rumored to be dating Jay-Z around this time, but the couple 
    did not publicly acknowledge their relationship.
    Destiny's Child released their last studio album, Destiny Fulfilled, 
    in 2004, and officially broke up the following year.
           Solo Career
    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.
    In addition to acting and performing, Beyoncé runs a clothing line 
    called House of Dereon with her mother. She also launched her own 
    fragrance, Heat, in 2010. Throughout her career, Beyoncé has served 
    as a spokesperson and model for several other brands, including 
    L'Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger.
    Beyoncé found herself under fire for after performing a private 
    concert for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on New Year's Eve in 2010. 
    She later donated her fee from the event to help victims of the 
    Haitian earthquake. According to some reports, Beyoncé said that her 
    father had been responsible for arranging the Libyan concert. She 
    decided to drop her father as her manager in March 2011. Later that 
    year, Beyoncé reached the top of the album charts with her latest 
    solo release, 4.
    In January 2013, Beyoncé generated some negative headlines for her 
    performance at President Barack Obama's second inauguration in 
    Washington, D.C. She was criticized for reportedly pre-recording a 
    version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and lip-synching to her own 
    track during the outdoor ceremony. Despite wide media coverage, in 
    the days following the incident, Beyoncé did not publicly address 
    the controversy.
    Not long after, prior to her appearance at Super Bowl XLVII, Beyoncé 
    performed the song live at a press conference. She explained to 
    reporters that she had used a "backing track" at the inauguration, 
    adding that she would "absolutely be singing live" at the NFL's 
    biggest event of the year, according to The Huffington Post.
    Indeed, Beyoncé more than redeemed herself in the public eye at the 
    Super Bowl on February 3, 2013. During the event's halftime show, 
    she took the stage and wowed the crowd, joined by her former 
    Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for 
    parts of her performance. Beyoncé also announced that her next major 
    tour would start in the spring of 2013.
           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."
           Personal Life
    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 
    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.

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