Beyoncé Net Worth, Age, Height and More
Beyoncé is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw Beyoncé’s theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and the release of her first solo album, Dangerously in Love (2003). The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and earning five Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Dangerously in Love’s success continued with the release of Beyoncé’s eponymous album in 2006, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and produced the singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Beautiful Liar”. Beyoncé also continued her acting career, with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006) and Dreamgirls (2006). Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and her portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the introduction of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”. Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album, 4 (2011), was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul. Her eponymous album was released in 2013 and was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.
Her sixth album, Lemonade (2016), also received widespread critical acclaim, with many referring to it as her most personal and political work to date, and it subsequently became the best-selling album of 2016. Its title track, which features a sample of “Sorbet” by OutKast, was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year. Following the release of Lemonade, Beyoncé was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, becoming the first black woman to receive the accolade.
In addition to her work in the music industry, Beyoncé is involved in various business ventures. She has established the fashion brands House of Deréon and Ivy Park, and she also serves as chief executive officer (CEO) of Parkwood Entertainment. Her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, is the creative director of House of Deréon. With the release of Lemonade, Beyoncé became the first and only musical act in history to have their first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, to Celestine “Tina” Knowles (née Beyincé), a hairdresser and salon owner, and Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager. Beyoncé’s name is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name. Beyoncé’s older sister Solange is also a singer and a former backup dancer for Destiny’s Child. Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both held the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their respective solo releases. Beyoncé’s cousin, Angie Beyincé, is a singer and former lead singer of the girl group Girls Tyme.
Beyoncé was raised in a Methodist household and attended St. Mary’s Montessori School in Houston from ages three to four. Her parents divorced when she was eight, and Beyoncé subsequently lived with her father. Mathew Knowles remarried to Celestine “Tina” Beyincé in 2000. From a young age, Beyoncé was exposed to a wide range of musical genres, and she studied various forms of dance, including tap, jazz, ballet, African, and modern. Her singing talent was discovered when choreographer and talent manager Darrell Foster worked with her on a class project at the age of seven. Foster later took her to his workshop, where she sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” for his clients, impressing them so much that they urged him to have her audition for various shows and commercials.
In 1990, Beyoncé won her first major singing competition at Houston’s Star Search, and she appeared as a backup dancer in a number of music videos, including that for “Jumpin’ Jumpin'” by Destiny’s Child, which became the group’s breakout hit.