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About Beyonce Knowles

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About Beyonce Knowles
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Born & Raised:

Full name: Beyonce Giselle Knowles.
Born: Sept. 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Raised in Houston.

Famous Family:

Beyonce's husband is rapper/hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. They began dating in 2002 and were married on April 4, 2008 in New York City. On Aug. 28, 2011, it was revealed that she was five months pregnant with the couple's first child. Their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, was born Jan. 7, 2012 in New York.
Beyonce is the older sister of alternative R&B singer Solange (Knowles), and Beyonce's parents also raised singer Kelly Rowland from the age of 14 to adulthood.

Early Life:

Beyonce drew up in Houston, Texas as the daughter of Tina and Matthew Knowles. Her path to performing came early in life; while still in elementary school, her parents enrolled her in dance classes, and her talent for singing also emerged at the same time. As she grew up, she'd perform at school assemblies and talent shows. In 1990, when she was 8, she and 5 other girls were chosen after a series of auditions to form a group of pre-teen song and dance group called Girl's Tyme. Notable other members of the group included Beyonce's friend Kelly Rowland, and Tamar Davis, who would later become a protege of Prince.

Destiny's Child:

Girl's Tyme did not have much success in the early '90s, and eventually half of the six members left the group. The three remaining members, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and LaTavia Roberson, eventually added a fourth, LeToya Luckett, and after Tina saw the word 'destiny' in her bible next to a picture of the girls tucked there, the group changed it's name to Destiny's Child in 1995. DC was signed to Columbia Records in 1997 and went on to become one of the most successful female vocal groups of all time, despite LaTavia and LeToya leaving the group on bad terms after their second album in 1999.

Going Solo:

Before the release of the third Destiny's Child album, Survivor in 2001, Beyonce has begun branching out into acting, and later began work on her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. The album was a huge hit when it was released in 2003, selling millions of copies. In 2004, Destiny's Child managed to put out one last album, Destiny Fulfilled, before the group's members decided to focus on solo careers. Since then, Beyonce has continued with both her acting and singing careers, and has also branched out into modeling and fashion.

Solo Discography:

2011: 4.
2008: I Am...Sasha Fierce.
2006: B'Day.
2003: Dangerously in Love.

Awards Won as a Solo Artist:

2010: Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy for I Am...Sasha Fierce.
2010: Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for a remake of the Etta James song "At Last."
2010: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for "Halo."
2010: Best R&B Song Grammy for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
2010: Song of the Year Grammy for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
2010: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)."
2007: Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy for B'Day.

Awards (Continued):

2006: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy (with Stevie Wonder) for "So Amazing."
2006: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Grammy (with Luther Vandross) for "The Closer I Get to You."
2004: Best Contemporary R&B Album Grammy for Dangerously in Love.
2004: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for "Dangerously in Love 2."
2004: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy (with Jay-Z) for "Crazy in Love."
2004: Best R&B Song for "Crazy in Love."

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