Born and raised in Houston, Texas Beyoncé Giselle Knowles has reached that rarified level where only one name suffices; like Cher and Madonna, she is instantly recognizable by only her first name - Beyoncé.
And I'm sure others agree; I'm glad she's not a boy.
Besides a highly successful career as a pop recording artist, Beyoncé is also an actress and fashion model. While growing up, Beyoncé attended performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.
Taking a break from Destiny's Child, Knowles released a solo album Dangerously in Love (2003), which spawned the number one hits "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy" and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Soon after, Destiny's Child split up, and Beyoncé released B'Day in 2006. It debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and included the hits "Déjà Vu," "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar."
Her third solo album I Am... Sasha Fierce, released in November 2008, included the anthemic "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." The album and its singles earned her six Grammy Awards, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Still only in her twenties, Beyoncé is third among female artists all time, with 16 Grammy awards—13 as a solo artist and three as a member of Destiny's Child.