Beyonce Knowles as a child in Houston, Texas, was enrolled in various performing arts schools, where she was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions.
She hit the big time as the star of girl group Destiny’s Child, which was in part molded by her manager father Mathew and stylist mother Tina.
After the well publicized departure of three group members, DC turned into a hit-making, Grammy-toting trio that became one of the biggest girl groups in music history.
In 2003, Beyonce temporarily parted from the girls to release her debut album, Dangerously in Love that earned her five Grammys, and also spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”.
She followed up with B’Day in 2006, later re-released in Spanish in collaboration with Latin pop star Shakira.
Beyonce has since appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue, expanded her horizons as a designer, and dabbled with acting in the movie-musical Dreamgirls.
She married hip hop mogul Jay-Z in 2008, with whom she now has a baby girl.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas.