Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (pronounced /bi??n?se?/; born September 4, 1981), commonly known as Beyoncé, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts school there, and was exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child.
Knowles started her musical endeavors alongside her childhood best friends, and rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child. Although they went through public turmoil, including lawsuits and lineup changes, Destiny’s Child successfully dominated the music industry, eventually being recognized as the world’s best-selling female group of all time. In June 2003, after a series of commercial successes with the group, Knowles released her debut solo album; Dangerously in Love became one of the most successful albums of the year. It also spawned the number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy", earning Knowles five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2004; the wins established her standing among the most successful female artists in the United States. The disbandment of Destiny’s Child facilitated her continued pursuit as a solo artist. She released her second album, B’Day, and spawned the UK number-one singles "Déjà Vu" and "Beautiful Liar", as well as the worldwide hit "Irreplaceable".
The success of her albums established her as one of the most marketable artists in the industry. Knowles branched out to the film industry, starring in such Hollywood films as the 2006 comedy The Pink Panther and the 2006 musical film Dreamgirls. The latter earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations: one for acting and another for the Dreamgirls soundtrack, "Listen". She has launched her family’s own company and products, including House of Deréon. She has also signed lucrative commercial deals, including one with Pepsi. These business ventures have benefited her charity works.
Aside from co-producing songs, Knowles is recognized as one of the most successful female song-writers. Her involvement on her career, alongside her fashion and image, however, are often a subject of public scrutiny. She has been with long-time boyfriend Jay-Z since 2002, though they have been discreet to the media about their relationship; they married on April 4, 2008.
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