Beyoncé Celebrity LifeEarly Success
Born in Houston, Texas, USA, Beyonce Giselle Knowles (now Carter) is an American celebrity of note - she is a singer, dancer, songwriter, producer, and actress.
As a young child, and throughout her childhood, she was a performer, taking an active part in several dancing and singing contests. She always stood out from the crowd.
Her dance teacher, Darlette Johnson, noticed that she could sing well and could hit all the high notes with tremendous ease. At the age of 7, she won a school talent contest, in which she sang "Imagine" by John Lennon.
The band performed around Houston, covering the city's talent show circuit. The girls sang and rapped as well.
Though the girls failed to win a popular talent search competition, Beyonce's father decided to finance the group but cut the number to four girls.
These four then performed as an opening act for many established R & B acts. In 1990, Beyonce joined a music school in Houston - she performed with the school's choir here.
Born in 1981, to Celestine Knowles (nee Beyonce), a hairdresser and salon owner, and Matthew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager, Beyonce was named after her mother's maiden name.
She has a younger sister, Solange, also a singer. Solange was a backup singer for Beyonce's first band, Destiny's Child.
Beyonce and her sister have both had number one albums - a feat achieved for the first time by siblings. She attended music and performing arts schools and was a member (singing as a soloist) of the choir at St. John's United Methodist Church.
She has achieved great honors in the world of acting, music, singing in the genres of pop, hip hop, and R & B. She is also an accomplished dancer and is married to Jay Z, a successful and award-winning record producer. Beyonce has three children.
In the late 1990s, Beyonce became famous with the formation of the group Destiny's Child. She was the lead singer. In 1997, the group's debut single was released - "Killing Time".
It was the soundtrack of the 1997 film, Men In Black. In 1998, the group released their first album, titled "Destiny's Child" - the song "No, No, No" on that album was an instant hit.
In 1999, the group released another album which became multi-platinum - it was called "The Writing's on the Wall". The song, "Say My Name", won two Grammy awards at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards.
After winning awards, Beyonce went through a depressive phase in her life - her then-boyfriend had also broken up with her. This lasted for around two years.
She got over it, and the band now had three members - Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. They recorded a single - "Independent Women Part 1" - it became the soundtrack for the movie Charlie's Angels in 2000.
After a movie role, and many hit albums like "Survivor", which had the hit singles, "Bootylicious" and "Survivor", the group won many accolades and more awards.
In 2002, Beyonce played the role of Foxxy Cleopatra in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember. It grossed $73 million.
The soundtrack was Beyonce's single, "Work It Out". From the period 2003 to 2005, the band broke up as the singers wished to follow solo careers.
Beyonce recorded a feature solo track on Jay-Z's album, "03 Bonnie & Clyde". Her own first solo album was "Dangerously In Love", released in 2003 and went straight to number one on the Billboard 200 charts.
The lead single on the album featured Jay Z, and was called "Crazy in Love".
She married Jay Z, amidst minimal publicity in 2008. She is the most loved celebrity in the world today, recently releasing her film, "The Lion King" in 2019.
She has performed at the Super Bowl as well as at the second inauguration of President Obama. She is an activist and devoted parent and wife.
She is a cultural icon who has had popularity beyond anyone's imagination for two decades straight. Her greatest hits, "Crazy in Love", and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" will always be remembered as her legacy.
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