In a custom made Givenchy Hautue Couture by Riccardo Tisci sheer gown with multicolored crystals to the Met Gala in May 2015.
Residence: Bel Air, California
Years active: 1997–present
Age: 37 years and 7 months
Height: 5 ft 6½ in or 169 cm
Net worth: $350 million (May 2017)
Parent(s): Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles
Relatives: Solange Knowles (sister), Bianca Lawson (step-sister)
Musical genres: R&B, pop, hip hop, soul
Instruments: Vocals piano
Labels: Music World Parkwood Columbia
Associated acts: Destiny’s Child Jay-Z
Nick Name: Sasha Fierce, Be, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Queen B, Bee, Mothe, JuJu, Queen Bey
Beyoncé’s name is a tribute to her mother’s maiden name.
Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange is also a singer and a former back up dancer for Destiny’s Child. Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums.
Mathew is African American, while Tina is of Louisiana Creole descent (African, Native American, and French).
Through her mother, Beyoncé is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard.
Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the 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 in history.
Their hiatus saw Beyoncé’s theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and the release of her debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003).
The album established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards, and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”.
Following the break-up of Destiny’s Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B’Day (2006), which contained the top-ten singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Beautiful Liar”.
Beyoncé also continued her acting career, with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), and Obsessed (2009).
Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and 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 critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyoncé (2013), was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.
With the release of the widely acclaimed Lemonade, Beyoncé had the best-selling album of 2016 and became the first artist to have their first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Throughout her career, Beyoncé has sold an estimated 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million records with the group Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists in history.
She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history.
She is also the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.
The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s (decade).
In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and awarded her their Millennium Award in 2011.
In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row.
Forbes listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015 and 2017, and in 2016 she occupied the sixth place for Person of the Year.
Beyoncé attended St. Mary’s Montessori School in Houston, where she enrolled in dance classes.
Her singing talent was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes.
Beyoncé’s interest in music and performing continued after winning a school talent show at age seven, singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” to beat 15/16-year-olds.
In fall of 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform with the school’s choir.
She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School.
Beyoncé was also a member of the choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years.
When Beyoncé was eight, she and childhood friend Kelly Rowland met LaTavia Roberson while in an audition for an all-girl entertainment group.
They were placed into a group called Girl’s Tyme with three other girls, and rapped and danced on the talent show circuit in Houston.
After seeing the group, R&B producer Arne Frager brought them to his Northern California studio and placed them in Star Search, the largest talent show on national TV at the time.
Girl’s Tyme failed to win, and Beyoncé later said the song they performed was not good.
In 1995 Beyoncé’s father resigned from his job to manage the group.
The move reduced Beyoncé’s family’s income by half, and her parents were forced to move into separated apartments.
Mathew cut the original line-up to four and the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups.
The girls auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, moving to Atlanta Records briefly to work on their first recording, only to be cut by the company.
This put further strain on the family, and Beyoncé’s parents separated.
On October 5, 1995, Dwayne Wiggins’s Grass Roots Entertainment signed the group.
In 1996, the girls began recording their debut album under an agreement with Sony Music, the Knowles family reunited, and shortly after, the group got a contract with Columbia Records.
On February 6, 2016, Beyoncé released “Formation” and its accompanying music video exclusively on the music streaming platform Tidal; the song was made available to download for free.
She performed “Formation” live for the first time during the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
The appearance was considered controversial as it appeared to reference the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party and the NFL forbids political statements in its performances.
Immediately following the performance, Beyoncé announced The Formation World Tour, which highlighted stops in both North America, and Europe.
It ended on October 7, with Beyoncé bringing out her husband Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Serena Williams for the last show.
The tour went on to win “Tour of the Year” at the 44th American Music Awards.
On April 16, 2016, Beyoncé released a teaser clip for a project called Lemonade. It turned out to be a one-hour film which aired on HBO exactly a week later; a corresponding album with the same title was released on the same day exclusively on Tidal.
Lemonade debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making Beyoncé the first act in Billboard history to have their first six studio albums debut atop the chart; she broke a record previously tied with DMX in 2013.
With all 12 tracks of Lemonade debuting on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Beyoncé also became the first female act to chart 12 or more songs at the same time.
Additionally, Lemonade was streamed 115 million times through Tidal, setting a record for the most-streamed album in a single week by a female artist in history.
It was 2016’s third highest-selling album in the US with 1.554 million copies sold in that time period within the country as well as the best-selling album worldwide with global sales of 2.5 million throughout the year.
Lemonade became her most critically acclaimed work to date, receiving universal acclaim according to Metacritic, a website collecting reviews from professional music critics.
Several music publications included the album among the best of 2016, including Rolling Stone, which listed Lemonade at number one.
The album’s visuals were nominated in 11 categories at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, the most ever received by Beyoncé in a single year, and went on to win 8 awards, including Video of the Year for “Formation”.
The eight wins made Beyoncé the most awarded artist in the history of the VMAs, surpassing Madonna.
Beyoncé occupied the sixth place for Time magazine’s 2016 Person of the Year.
In January 2017, it was announced that Beyoncé would headline the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
This would make Beyoncé only the second female headliner of the festival since it was founded in 1999.
It was later announced on February 23, 2017 that Beyoncé would no longer be able to perform at the festival due to doctor’s concerns regarding her pregnancy.
The festival owners announced that she will instead headline the 2018 festival.
Upon the announcement of Beyoncé’s departure from the festival lineup, ticket prices dropped by 12%.
At the 59th Grammy Awards in February 2017, Lemonade led the nominations with nine, including Album, Record, and Song of the Year for Lemonade and “Formation” respectively and ultimately won two, Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade and Best Music Video for “Formation”.
Adele, upon winning her Grammy for Album of the Year, stated Lemonade was monumental and more deserving.
On June 13, 2017, Beyoncé gave birth to twins Rumi and Sir Carter at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
In September 2017, Beyoncé collaborated with J Balvin and Willy William, and remixed the song “Mi Gente”.
Beyoncé donated all proceeds from the song to hurricane charities for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean Islands.
On November 1, 2017, it was confirmed that Beyoncé would voice Nala in Jon Favreau’s The Lion King, which is expected to be released in July 19, 2019.
On November 10, 2017, Eminem released the lead single to his upcoming album, Walk on Water featuring Beyoncé.
Beyoncé names Michael Jackson as her major musical influence.
Aged five, Beyoncé attended her first ever concert where Jackson performed and she claims to have realized her purpose.
When she presented him with a tribute award at the World Music Awards in 2006, Beyoncé said, “if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson, I would never ever have performed.”
She admires Diana Ross as an “all-around entertainer” and Whitney Houston, who she said “inspired me to get up there and do what she did.”
She credits Mariah Carey’s singing and her song “Vision of Love” as influencing her to begin practicing vocal runs as a child.
Her other musical influences include Aaliyah, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Sade Adu, Donna Summer, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Anita Baker and Rachelle Ferrell.
The feminism and female empowerment themes on Beyoncé’s second solo album B’Day were inspired by her role in Dreamgirls and by singer Josephine Baker.
Beyoncé paid homage to Baker by performing “Déjà Vu” at the 2006 Fashion Rocks concert wearing Baker’s trademark mini-hula skirt embellished with fake bananas.
Beyoncé’s third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce was inspired by Jay-Z and especially by Etta James, whose “boldness” inspired Beyoncé to explore other musical genres and styles.
Her fourth solo album, 4, was inspired by Fela Kuti, 1990s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie, The Jackson 5, New Edition, Adele, Florence and the Machine, and Prince.
Beyoncé has stated that she is personally inspired by US First Lady Michelle Obama, saying “She proves you can do it all” and she has described Oprah Winfrey as “the definition of inspiration and a strong woman”.
She has also discussed how Jay-Z is a continuing inspiration to her, both with what she describes as his lyrical genius and in the obstacles he has overcome in his life.
Beyoncé has expressed admiration for the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, posting in a letter “what I find in the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, I search for in every day in music… he is lyrical and raw”.
In February 2013, Beyoncé said that Madonna inspired her to take control of her own career. She commented: “I think about Madonna and how she took all of the great things she achieved and started the label and developed other artists. But there are not enough of those women.”
Described as being “sexy, seductive and provocative” when performing on stage, Beyoncé has said that she originally created the alter ego “Sasha Fierce” to keep that stage persona separate from who she really is.
She described Sasha as being “too aggressive, too strong, too sassy and too sexy”, stating, “I’m not like her in real life at all.”
Sasha was conceived during the making of “Crazy in Love”, and Beyoncé introduced her with the release of her 2008 album I Am Sasha Fierce.
In February 2010, she announced in an interview with Allure magazine that she was comfortable enough with herself to no longer need Sasha Fierce.
However, Beyoncé announced in May 2012 that she would bring her back for her Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live shows later that month.
Beyoncé has been described as having a wide-ranging sex appeal, with music journalist Touré writing that since the release of Dangerously in Love, she has “become a crossover sex symbol”.
Offstage Beyoncé says that while she likes to dress sexily, her onstage dress “is absolutely for the stage.”
Due to her curves and the term’s catchiness, in the 2000s decade, the media often used the term “Bootylicious” a portmanteau of the words booty and delicious to describe Beyoncé, the term popularized by Destiny’s Child’s single of the same name. In 2006, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Beyoncé’s lighter skin color and costuming has drawn criticism from some in the African-American community.
Emmett Price, a professor of music at Northeastern University, wrote in 2007, that he thinks race plays a role in many of these criticisms, saying white celebrities who dress similarly do not attract as many comments.
In 2008, L’Oréal was accused of whitening her skin in their Feria hair color advertisements, responding that “it is categorically untrue”, and in 2013, Beyoncé herself criticized H&M for their proposed “retouching” of promotional images of her, and according to Vogue requested that only “natural pictures be used”.
While undertones of feminism can be found throughout most of her career, Beyonce was initially hesitant to publicly align herself with the movement.
In a 2013 interview with Vogue she responded, “That word can be very extreme…” when asked whether she considers herself a feminist.
This hesitation is in stark contrast to her release of “Flawless” later that year, sampling from the TED talk by feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie “We should all be feminists.”
Forbes magazine began reporting on Beyoncé’s earnings in 2008, calculating that the $80 million earned between June 2007 to June 2008, for her music, tour, films and clothing line made her the world’s best-paid music personality at the time, above Madonna and Celine Dion.
They placed her fourth on the Celebrity 100 list in 2009 and ninth on the “Most Powerful Women in the World” list in 2010.
The following year, Forbes placed her eighth on the “Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30” list, having earned $35 million in the past year for her clothing line and endorsement deals.
In 2012, Forbes placed Beyoncé at number 16 on the Celebrity 100 list, twelve places lower than three years ago yet still having earned $40 million in the past year for her album 4, clothing line and endorsement deals.
In the same year, Beyoncé and Jay-Z placed at number one on the “World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples”, for collectively earning $78 million.
The couple made it into the previous year’s Guinness World Records as the “highest-earning power couple” for collectively earning $122 million in 2009.
For the years 2009 to 2011, Beyoncé earned an average of $70 million per year, and earned $40 million in 2012.
In 2013, Beyoncé’s endorsements of Pepsi and H&M made her and Jay-Z the world’s first billion dollar couple in the music industry.
That year, Beyoncé was published as the fourth most-powerful celebrity in the Forbes rankings.
MTV estimated that by the end of 2014, Beyoncé would become the highest-paid black musician in history; this became the case in April 2014.
In June 2014, Beyoncé ranked at number one on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, earning an estimated $115 million throughout June 2013 – June 2014.
This in turn was the first time she had topped the Celebrity 100 list as well as being her highest yearly earnings to date.
In 2016, Beyoncé ranked at number 34 on the Celebrity 100 list with earnings of $54 million. Herself and Jay-Z also topped the highest paid celebrity couple list, with combined earnings of $107.5 million.
As of May 2017, Forbes calculated her net worth to be $350 million, and in June of the same year, ranked her as the second-highest earning celebrity with annual earnings of $105 million.
This tied Beyoncé with Madonna as the only two female artists to earn more than $100 million within a single year twice.
As a couple with Jay-Z, they have a combined net worth of $1.16 billion.
In July 2017, Billboard announced that Beyoncé was the highest paid musician of 2016, with an estimated total of $62.1 million.
I’m a human being and I fall in love and sometimes I don’t have control of every situation.
When you really don’t like a guy, they’re all over you, and as soon as you act like you like them, they’re no longer interested.
Y’all are so cute and y’all talk so proper over here. I love England.
Did you know: Beyoncé (@beyonce) is the fifth-most followed user on Instagram by number of followers (107 million).
Best Known For
Her songs, and albums Dangerously in Love (2003), B’Day (2006), I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011).
Released in 2003, Dangerously in Love, is the debut studio album by Beyonce. It was released by Columbia Records. The album is pretty large with 60:52 minutes in length with a total of 15 singles.
2001 musical film Carmen: A Hip Hopera for her role as a seductive actress, Carmen Brown. She debuted with this movie in acting and that too with a lead role.
First TV Show
In 1997, she appeared on the TV show MuchOnDemand as herself (guest). The TV series broadcasted on television from 1997 until 2010.
Beyonce Favorite Things
Food – Creole Food, Popeyes, Honey Nut Cheerios
Fashion Idol – Célestine ‘Tina’ Beyincé (mother), Diana Ross, Tina Turner
Color – Pink
Place – 40/40 Club
Rapper – Wyclef Jean
She was baptized with her mother’s maiden name as her first name.
Tina, her mother, is actually a descendant of Acadian leader, Joseph Broussard.
Beyonce has a cat, named “Master P”.
Her singing talent was discovered when her dance instructor (in school) started humming a song and Beyonce completed that song.
In 2009, she was named “Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade” by Billboard.
She was ranked no. 3 in the “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012 by VH1.
She has also done some revenue shows / concerts like I Am… Yours (2009), 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé (2011), Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live (2012).
In 2015, Beyonce was titled the most powerful female in entertainment by Forbes.
In April 2014, Beyonce became the highest-paid black musician in the history.
In 2013, the couple (Beyonce and Jay-Z) became the first ever billion dollar couple in the music industry in the world.
Michael Jackson positively influenced her music career.
Michael Jackson concert was the first music concert she went to. Beyonce was 5 at that time.