Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, simply known as Beyonce(born September 4, 1981), is an American singer,
songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various
singing and dancing competitions as a child, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as
lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father Mathew Knowles,
the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus
saw the release of Knowles' debut album Dangerously in Love (2003), which established
her as a viable solo artist worldwide; it sold 11 million copies, earned five Grammy
Awards and featured the Billboard number one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".
Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, she released her second solo
album, B'Day (2006), which contained hits "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar".
Knowles also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe nominated performance in
Dreamgirls (2006), and starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006) and Obsessed (2009).
Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008)
influenced her third album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the birth of her
alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010,
including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Knowles took a
hiatus from music in 2010, took over management of her career and explored 1970s
R&B, rock and roll, and African and funk styles. As a result, her fourth album, 4
(2011), deviated towards a more traditional R&B sound.
A self-described "modern-day feminist", Knowles' songs are often characterized
by themes of love, relationships and monogamy, as well as female sexuality
and empowerment. On stage, her dynamic, highly-choreographed performances have
led to critics hailing her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular
music. Throughout a career spanning 15 years, she has won 17 Grammy Awards and
sold over 118 million records as a solo artist and 60 million with Destiny's Child,
making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Knowles as the Top
Certified Artist in America during the 2000s decade.
In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade,
the Top Female Artist of the 2000s and their Artist of the Millennium.
In 2013, she was also included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most
influential people in the world.