she was born on September 4, 1981 (age 32) in Houston, Texas, United States.
Father's name: Mathew Knowles
Mother's name: Celestine Beyonce
Sister: Solange Knowles
Children: Blue Ivy Carter
JuJu, Mothe, Sasha Fierce, Queen B, Bee
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
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. 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 Gold member 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. 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 Dream girls. 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.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. 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 August. 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.
Beyoncé was educated at St. Mary's Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas, where she enrolled in dance classes. In fall of 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston. She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School.
Beyoncé Knowles began her life on the stage at the age of 7, when she formed an all-girl singing group with her cousin Kelly Rowland. Under the management of Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father, the group struggled to establish itself using a series of different names throughout the early 1990s. An unsuccessful appearance on Star Search, and a fruitless contract with Electra Records did not bode well for the girls' future, but in 1997, with the group now working under the name of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé's father finally managed to attract the interest of Columbia Records. The result was the platinum record Destiny's Child released in 1999.On the heels of this success followed several years of turmoil for Beyoncé and her band mates. A growing resentment concerning what was perceived as preferential treatment by Mathew Knowles to his daughter resulted in a demand for his termination as manager of the group, and soon after singers LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson departed. Two replacements were found, but by 2000 Destiny's Child was down to the trio of Knowles, Rowland and Michelle Williams. Despite the personal hardships, the popularity of the group never waned, each successive album (1999's The Writings on the Wall and 2001's Survivor) becoming more popular than the last. In 2003 Beyoncé struck out on her own with Dangerously in Love, which featured collaborations with Missy Elliott, Jay-Z and Sean Paul, amongst numerous others. The album did not deviate from the pattern of increasing success that was established with Destiny's Child, and both it and its two singles Crazy in Love and Baby Boy earned #1 chart positions. As is inevitable in these cases, Beyoncé also took time away from her music to establish a career as an actress -- taking a starring role in the made-for-TV "hip-hop opera" Carmen, followed by big-screen appearances in Gold member (2002) and The Fighting Temptations (2003). Doubtless, more on this front is forthcoming.Soon after releasing their fifth studio album, 2005's Destiny Fulfilled, Destiny's Child announced they would cease to exist that same year upon completion of an extensive world-wide tour. Beyoncé subsequently released the single Check On It (featuring rapper Slim Thug), which appeared both as one of three new tracks on the Dentiny's Child greatest hits compilation #1s and on the soundtrack to a remake of The Pink Panther (2006) starring Beyoncé and Steve Martin. The end of her band certainly did not result in an excess of free time for the singer, as solo and acting careers still had to share her schedule with a clothing line (House of Dereon, established with her mother Tina) and ongoing endorsement deals that included Tommy Hilfiger, Pepsi and L'Oreal.
Beyoncé has earned numerous awards and honors. As a solo artist she has sold over 15 million albums in the US, and over 118 million records worldwide (a further 60 million additionally with Destiny's Child), making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) listed Beyoncé as the top certified artist of the 2000s, with a total of 64 certifications. Her songs "Crazy in Love", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo", and "Irreplaceable" are some of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide. In 2009, The Observer named her the Artist of the Decade and Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade. In 2010, Billboard named her in their "Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years" list at number 15. In 2012 VH1 ranked her third on their list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Beyoncé was the first female artist to be honored with the International Artist Award at the American Music Awards. She has also received the Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts at the 2008 World Music Awards and the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Beyoncé has won 17 Grammy Awards, both as a solo artist and member of Destiny's Child, making her the third most honored female artist by the Grammys, behind Alison Krauss and Aretha Franklin, and the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history. "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" won Song of the Year in 2010 while "Say My Name "and "Crazy in Love" had previously won Best R&B Song. Dangerously in Love, B'Day and I Am... Sasha Fierce have all won Best Contemporary R&B Album. Beyoncé set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night in 2010 when she won six awards, breaking the tie she previously held with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, and Amy Winehouse, with Adele equaling this in 2012.Following her role in Dreamgirls she was nominated for Best Original Song for "Listen" and Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards, and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards. Beyoncé won two awards at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2006; Best Song for "Listen" and Best Original Soundtrack for Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture.
Singing, writing and swimming
When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don't know you think.
If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.
I think it's healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care - that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show.
Whenever I'm confused about something, I ask God to reveal the answers to my questions, and he does.
When you really don't like a guy, they're all over you, and as soon as you act like you like them, they're no longer interested.
We all have our imperfections. But I'm human, and you know, it's important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.
I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let's face it; money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what's sexy. And men define what's feminine. It's ridiculous.
If I weren't performing, I'd be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone's problems - like a beauty therapist!
I love a pair of sexy heels with jeans, a nice jacket, or a little dress.
You know what, I'm very attracted to someone who makes me laugh and is that charming. Really, I could be charmed by anyone. I'm just a sucker for somebody that is charming.
For me, it's about the way I carry myself and the way I treat other people. My relationship and how I feel about God and what He does for me, is something deeply personal. It's where I came from, my family, I was brought up in a religious household and that's very important to me.
I like to walk around with bare feet and I don't like to comb my hair.
I'm a human being and I fall in love and sometimes I don't have control of every situation.
Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life.
I always treat myself to one meal on Sundays when I can have whatever I want. Usually it's pizza, which is my favorite indulgence.
I know I'm stronger in the songs than I really am. Sometimes I need to hear it myself. We all need to hear those empowering songs to remind us.
I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn't mean I don't get frustrated in my life. My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically.
I'm over being a pop star. I don't wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic. And I feel like I've accomplished a lot. I feel like I'm highly respected, which is more important than any award or any amount of records. And I feel like there comes a point when being a pop star is not enough.
I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That's how I've gotten to where I am.
I always try to be myself. Ever since I was an introverted kid, I'd get on stage and be able to break out of my shell.
We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It's the day I was born. My mother's birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, is on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.
The more successful I become, the more I need a man.
Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us. We all grew up watching everything about her - her mike placement, her grace, her style and her class.
Y'all are so cute and y'all talk so proper over here. I love England.