About Beyoncé Knowles
Born September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé Knowles has become one of the most widely recognized and highly respected women in pop culture. She established herself as a founding member and front woman of Destiny's Child and later developed into an iconic solo artist.
Destiny's Child formed in Houston, Texas in 1990, when Beyoncé was 9 years old, and went on to become the top-selling female recording group of all-time. With many of the group's hits co-written and co-produced by Beyoncé, Destiny's Child earned 147 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications worldwide and is tied with The Supremes as the female R&B group to have the most albums chart in the Top 5. From 1997 until the group announced its "retirement" in 2005, Destiny's Child was honored with awards and accolades including Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MTV Video Awards, BET Awards, etc. In March 2006, Destiny's Child received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to commemorate their success.
In 2001, she became the first African-American woman and the second woman ever to take home the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award. Beyoncé toured America for the first time as a solo artist in 2004 in support of her #1 multi-platinum debut solo album, "Dangerously In Love," which earned her five Grammy Awards that year including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Song for "Crazy In Love" featuring Jay-Z. With her five-in-one-year Grammy win, Beyoncé tied the record for the most Grammys to be won in a single year by a female artist. She made chart history in 2003 when she became the first artist in 20 years, and the first female recording artist ever, to simultaneously reach #1 in the US and the UK with both her album "Dangerously In Love" and single "Crazy In Love", a feat accomplished by a mere handful of artists including the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, and Men At Work over the years.
On September 4, 2006 (September 5 in the U.S.), Beyoncé released her second solo album "B'DAY" to coincide with her 25th birthday. "B'DAY" closed out 2006 as one of the year's most successful albums, entering the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart at #1 and achieving 2006's highest first week's sales of any female recording act, group or solo.
On February 11, 2007, "B'DAY" won the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album, resulting in Beyoncé's 10th Grammy win overall and 7th win as a solo artist. In November of that year, the American Music Awards honored Beyoncé with the International Artist Award making her the first woman in AMA history and sixth artist overall to be recognized with the prestigious award. In December of 2007, Beyoncé was nominated for two Grammys: Record of the Year for "Irreplaceable" and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Beautiful Liar," her superstar duet with Shakira. "Beautiful Liar" set the all-time record for the biggest chart jump in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 bulleting upward an unprecedented 91 slots (#94* to #3*) in a single week.
In 2007, Beyoncé embarked on the most eagerly anticipated tour of the year, "The Beyoncé Experience" which showcased the international music and film star, along with her sizzling all-female band, "The SUGAMAMA'S" performing musical hits, classics, and surprises in an innovative and high-tech concert environment. Beyoncé has performed in front of more than 5 million fans in over 30 countries. She just completed the 4th leg of an historic world tour in November, bringing her spectacular state-of-the-art show to fans as far away as Russia, Ethiopia, Romania, India, Thailand, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Korea and Taiwan.
November 2007 saw the release of "The Beyoncé Experience LIVE", a deluxe DVD capturing all the visual thrills and musical excitement of her spectacular world concert tour. Recorded on September 2, 2007 during Beyoncé's performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, "The Beyoncé Experience LIVE" DVD contains Beyoncé's full concert performance and features a cameo from Jay-Z and the historic reunion of R&B/pop supergroup Destiny's Child.
Beyoncé made her acting debut in 2001 in the made-for-television production MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen. In 2002, she co-starred as "Foxxy Cleopatra" opposite Mike Myers in Austin Powers In Goldmember, cited in the Guinness Book of World Records for achieving the Highest Box Office Comedy Film Gross in film history. In 2003, Beyoncé appearing with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the gospel-music inspired family film, The Fighting Temptations. In 2006, her film The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin became America's #1 box office sensation making it her second film to open at #1.
Beyoncé starred with Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy in the DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures film DREAMGIRLS, which earned an astonishing $8.7 million on Christmas Day, the highest grossing single day ever for a musical film.
"Listen," the first single from DREAMGIRLS - Music from the Motion Picture, won the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Song while DREAMGIRLS - Music from the Motion Picture took home the BFCA trophy for Best Soundtrack.
When away from the public eye and the rigors of performing, Beyoncé has revealed herself to be a quiet humanitarian at heart. She often visits orphanages and children's hospitals to spend time with those in need. In 2005, she joined Bono on-stage at Greenpoint Stadium in Capetown as part of Nelson Mandela's 46664 initiative to treat and eradicate HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland along with the Knowles family formed the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up for the purpose of providing transitional housing for Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in the Houston, Texas area. The Survivor Foundation extends the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston.
In 2004, Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles (fashion designer and wardrobe stylist for Destiny's Child) formed a production company called, Beyond Productions and in 2005 launched their first fashion collection named House of Deréon in honor of Beyoncé's maternal grandmother, Agnez Deréon. The contemporary collection of trend-setting styles, consistent with the dressy looks Beyoncé often wears, is sold in better specialty stores across the county. In 2006, on the heels of the collection’s success and in response to fans across the globe, the pair launched Deréon, a junior lifestyle collection. Inspired by the independent spirit of Beyoncé’s younger sister, actress and singer Solange Knowles, the trendy denim-based collection is available in department and specialty stores across the country and in Canada. On the heels of Deréon’s success in the market, Beyoncé and Tina recently launched a young girl’s collection aptly called, Deréon Girls that’s available in specialty and department stores across the country.
A renaissance woman for the 21st century, Beyoncé remains above all, a passionate and transcendent performer committed to the deep love of music she first discovered as a little girl growing up in Houston, Texas.