"Destiny's Child will always be No.1 on my list." Beyonce Knowles Lead singer of R&B group Destiny's Child, Beyonce Knowles broke into the music scene with her five Grammy winning debut solo album "Dangerously In Love" (2003). The album spawned four Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, "Crazy In Love" (featuring boyfriend Jay-Z), "Baby Boy" (featuring Sean Paul), "Me Myself & I," and "Naughty Girl." She initially receiving recognition with her group's smash hits "Say My Name," "No, No, No" and "Independent Women." Beyonce later appeared on the big screen portraying sexy secret agent Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and sang the movie's soundtrack, "Work It Out." With Destiny's Child, Beyonce recently launched a fourth album; the No. 2 US hit "Destiny Fulfilled" (2004), which netted the acclaimed hit single "Lose Your Breath."
"It doesn't annoy me, no, because I respect J-Lo. I like her. I think she's great. And I know that I'm over a decade younger than her. It's so flattering that I'm so young and people are comparing me to someone who has accomplished so much. But I don't think I'm like anyone else and really, I'd rather not be compared to anyone else." Beyonce Knowles
5' 6" inch tall Beyonce, whose trademark is her big, heavy earrings, is frequently compared to musician and actress Jennifer Lopez.
Moreover, Beyonce was voted number 1 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties, number 7 in Stuff magazine's 102 Sexiest Women in the World (2002) and was one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for most wanted lips (2004). Also named Best Pop Princess in a poll conducted by Universal Music (2005), Beyonce's private life has been connected to rapper Jay-Z (a.k.a. Shawn Carter, born on December 4, 1969), whom she has dated since 2000.
"The more successful I get, the more I want a boyfriend." Beyonce Knowles Recently, the talented R&B musician landed a contract with Tarrant Apparel Group to market her branded fashion design, House of Dereon collection. The products consist of cocktail dresses, sweaters, sportswear, denim and tailored jackets.
JuJu, Mothe, Bee
Childhood and Family:
First daughter of parents Matthew Knowles (Destiny's Child's manager) and Tina Knowles (designs outfits for all Destiny's Child members), Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981. She has one younger sister, Solange Knowles (musician; born on June 24, 1986), who dances at Destiny's Child concerts. At age seven, Beyonce began to show her talent in singing and dancing. She performed in the church choir and later took opera lessons.
Born in Houston, Texas, Beyonce, nicknamed JuJu, Mothe or Bee, sharpened her musical talent at the High School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Houston, Texas. A fan of Middle Eastern music and dance, Beyonce loves to listen to her favorite song "Lovefool," by the Cardigans, and to her favorite rapper Wyclef Jean. The owner of a cat named Master P, Beyonce also likes to wear metallic boots and is allergic to perfume.
Dangerously In Love
"There's plenty of days when I'm like 'Oh God, why,' but that's just life. It's every job, not just mine. Every moment is not perfect.
But it's definitely more good times than bad. You can't even compare. And when I'm on stage it feels incredible. There are certain nights that you know you hit that crazy note and you know that spin spinned extra fast. And you look out and people are just into it and you've worked so hard and now it's paying off and you can see why you dedicated your life to this." Beyonce Knowles
Having sung since age seven, Beyonce Knowles later joined an audition for a girls' musical group and met LaTavia Robertson. After her father and manager Matthew Knowles paired them with LeToya Luckett and cousin Kelly Rowland, the group was officially named Destiny's Child in 1995. They later managed to step in television competing on Star Search and landed a contract with Columbia Records. Soon they found themselves performing as an opening act for both Christina Aguilera and TLC.
With Beyonce writing the group's main songs, Destiny's Child eventually launched their debut self-titled album in 1997, which was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri. Their first official single, "No, No, No" (1997), topped the Billboard Hot 100 and netted multi-platinum. The album itself gained more success in Europe.
Destiny's Child released their sophomore album in 1999 titled "The Writing's On The Wall." The album produced three top-ten hits on the Billboard R&B singles chart with their "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name" (won two awards at the 2001 Grammy, one of which was awarded for Beyonce as the songwriter), "Bug-A-Boo" and "Jumpin' Jumpin." Despite LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson departure from the group in 2000, Destiny's Child kept promoting their second album with new member Michelle Williams and appeared as a supporting act for Christina Aguilera's summer tour.
In the spring of 2001, Beyonce and her group released their third effort, another runaway success titled "Survivor." It spawned such new hits as the Billboard Hot 100 top singles "Independent Women" (Part 1), "Bootylicious" (Beyonce wrote the song), the title track "Survivor" and the top ten hit "Emotions" (a cover of Bee Gees hit of the same name). "Independent Women" (Part 1) became the soundtrack of the Charlie's Angels movie in late 2000 and the title track "Survivor" gave them their second Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The album peaked on both the American Billboard 200 and R&B Album charts, the Canadian album chart, and consequently gained worldwide success. It subsequently received critical acclaim at the prestigious 2002 Grammy awards and received other awards including American Music, MTV, Soul Train and Image Awards.
"I wrote that because, at the time, I'd gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn't be thinking about that. You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun and the song was just telling everyone just forget what people are saying, you're bootylicious. That's all. It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies." Beyonce Knowles, on writing song "Bootylicious."
Beyonce took home the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Award for the Songwriter of the Year (2001), which made her the first African American woman and the second woman of any race to ever win the award. Following the group's victory, the group's members decided to take a deserved break and gave solo careers a try. Beyonce also tried her hand in acting starring as seducing aspiring actress Carmen in the MTV's musical drama Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001, opposite Mekhi Phifer). She followed it up with her first motion picture work in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). In the James Bond spoof film directed by Jay Roach, Beyonce starred as Mike Myers' old girlfriend, streetwise but stylish detective Foxxy Cleopatra. She also provided the song "Work It Out" for the movie soundtrack, which was a top 10 hit in the UK and a top 40 hit in the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland. The movie itself was later listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Box Office Comedy Film gross and placed Beyonce in the spotlight.
During the fall of 2002, Beyonce featured boyfriend Jay-Z in the smash hit single "03 Bonnie And Clyde." She also sang a duet with Luther Vandross in the soulful "The Closer I Get To You" (originally performed by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway) in the spring of 2003, which eventually brought them a Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
"Dangerously In Love," Beyonce's debut solo album, was launched in June 2003 and featured collaborations with Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, and OutKast's Big Boi. Many tracks of the album were written or co-written by Beyonce and it produced the summer biggest hit debut single, "Crazy in Love" (featuring Jay-Z), and stayed on top of US charts for eight weeks and three weeks on the UK charts. The album itself topped the album charts in both the UK and Canada, as well as on both the American pop (Billboard 200) and R&B charts. The widespread airplay of the album helped sell over 6 million copies worldwide.
"Baby Boy," the album's sophomore single, was released at the end of the summer of 2003. Featuring reggae star Sean Paul, the single peaked at the US charts for nine weeks and two weeks on the UK charts, making it one of the biggest hits of 2003. The triumph was followed by the third single "Me Myself And I" which stayed at No. 4 on the US chart and "Naughty Girl" which poled at No. 3 on the US charts in the middle of 2004.
2004 was probably Beyonce's glory year. She broke the record after garnering five awards at the prestigious Grammy Awards. She also beat out Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera to be crowned the "Princess of Pop," according to a poll conducted by Universal Music in the same year. Meanwhile, Beyonce rejoined Destiny's Child in releasing their next album, Destiny Fulfilled (2004), which hit the US charts at No. 2. It spawned the top 10 Billboard singles "Lose My Breath," "Soldier" and "Girl."
As for her big screen projects, Beyonce portrayed Cuba Gooding Jr.'s love destination, beautiful nightclub singer Lilly, in Jonathan Lynn's musical comedy The Fighting Temptations (2003). She also recorded a song for the movie soundtrack, "Fighting Temptation," with rappers Missy Elliott, Free, and MC Lyte. More recent, she teamed with Steve Martin and Kevin Kline in a prequel to the 1964 Peter Sellers original film, the crime comedy The Pink Panther (2005). On her upcoming film work, Beyonce will portray one member of an early 1960's black female soul singer's trio, in a drama musical film based on the Broadway musical, Bill Condon's Dreamgirls.
In addition to her talent and popularity, Beyonce has modeled for Pepsi, L'Oreal, Tommy Hilfiger's latest perfume and McDonalds' advertisements. She also recently reportedly inked a contract with Tarrant Apparel Group to market her clothing line, House of Dereon collection (named after her seamstress grandmother Agnes Dereon). Her branded fashion items were collaborated with her mother Tina Knowles and consist of cocktail dresses, sweaters, stylish sportswear, denim and tailored jackets. Commenting on her new clothing line, Beyonce said, "[It'll be a] mix of vintage things and contemporary things... fur with denim, classic with street... I have pretty broad taste. I've been all over the world--thank God I've had the chance to do that." She added, "I think my mother and I both have a good idea of what people who are fashionable like. I love clothes from my grandmother's generation, my mother's generation and contemporary stuff."
The brand, which targets young women ages 18 to 28, was part of a joint business venture between the Knowles' Beyond Productions and Kids Headquarters. In the future, Beyonce is going to launch other fashion products like shoes, scents, jewelry and accessories.
"Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life. But I don't see that having a sexy image when you are on stage means that you don't love God. No one knows what I'm really like from that." Beyonce Knowles