American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in performing arts schools and performed in singing and dancing competitions as a child before becoming the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time, in the 1990s.
During the group’s hiatus, Knowles released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love (2003), which earned her five Grammy Awards and has sold a total of 4.9 million copies in the US. It spawned Billboard number one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”, the former went on to be considered by VH1 to be the “Greatest Song Of the 00′s”. Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, Knowles’s second solo album B’Day (2006) contained the top five singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Beautiful Liar”. Her performance in Dreamgirls (2006) earned her two Golden Globe nominations. Knowles’ third album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008) spawned hits “If I Were a Boy”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, “Halo”, and “Sweet Dreams”. This album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Her fourth album 4 (2011) became her fourth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200. In April 2008, Knowles married rapper Jay-Z and, in January 2012, gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter.