Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer and a dancer. The 38 years gorgeous Beyoncé was born on September 4, 1981 in Huston, Texas, United States. She got fame as the lead singer of Destiny’s child in the late 1990s. Her tone and timbre is distinctively adorable. Her vocal abilities are superb with her unique rhythmic vocal style. She has a multi-dimensional personality and is very famous all over the world. She is a singer of all age’s people. Whether she performs in the US or in any other part of the world a large number of her followers come to listen to her magical voice.
Her father, Mathew Knowles is an African American talent manager, record executive and a businessman. Her mother, Tina Knowles is also a very active lady and has been involved in many collaborative ventures with Beyoncé. After getting admission in St. Mary’s Montessori School, Beyoncé enrolled in dance classes where her dance instructor Darlette Johnson discovered her great singing abilities. She worked as a child star from her early childhood and performed in many singing and dancing competitions. She won many singing competitions in her school life.
On April 4, 2008, she married Shawn Corey Carter (better known by his stage name Jay-Z), an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. They did not publicise their marriage at that time. In 2010, she announced a hiatus from her music career to live life and visited multiple European cities, Australia, Egyptian pyramids and the Great wall of China. Beyoncé gave birth to a daughter in 2012 later she gave birth twins Rumi and Sir Carter on June 13, 2017. She uploaded herself and twins on her Instagram account and it became the most liked post on Instagram behind the pregnancy announcement.
Life and Career
She is the first black lady and second female lyricist who won the Pop Songwriter of the year award in 2001. Beyoncé made her theatrical film debut from a spy comedy film Austin Power in Gold Member in 2002 while she recorded her first solo album “Dangerously in Love” in June 2003. The main genres in which she works are R&B, pop, hip hop but she also incorporates funk and soul in her songs. Second album B’Day was released in 2006 to coincide with her 25th birthday.
In 2006, she played her first acting role in a comedy film The Pink Panther. Her second film was Dreamgirls. Beyoncé embarked on her first worldwide concert tour in 2007 visiting 97 venues and earned gross money over $24 million.
For the first time in 2006, she performed live during the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Although she is an English singer and the majority of her songs are English songs, she also recorded several Spanish songs as well. She has also been credited as co-writer for most of the songs.
Her most successful tour of all time was The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Belgrade, Serbia in 2014.
At President Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony, she performed “America the Beautiful”. She was also actively involved for President Obama’s 2012 presidential fundraising campaign and raised $4 million.
The major influencer of Beyoncé is the great Michael Jackson. She attended her first ever concert at the age of five where Michael Jackson performed. She explored herself as an artist after attending Jackson’s concert. The other influential personalities for Beyoncé are Diana Ross, an all-rounder entertainer, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. She is heavily influenced by Madonna and Michelle Obama, the former President of the US.
Beyoncé currently has an estimated net worth to be $100 million. She is one of the highest paid celebrities. She earned all her wealth from her music, film, clothing line and musical concert tours. She is spending a lavish life-style in her stunning real estate empire. Her husband Jay-Z also placed himself as the highest paid celebrity couple list. Recently she donated $6 million to mental health efforts. She is ranked as No 51 of the richest self-made lady in America.
Her third studio album I Am… Sasha Fierce was released in 2008 and it was her third consecutive No 1 album in the US. It featured the number-one song Single Ladies and other top five songs.
Beyoncé has won several awards including MTV Music Award, Scottish MOBO award, BET award. She embarked on her second world concert tour in 2009, having 108 shows and earned gross money around $120 million. Beyoncé, once donated her entire salary from the film to a rehabilitation centre.
Beyoncé received 10 nominations at the 52nd Grammy Award and breaked the record for the most Grammy Award winners in a single night to win six of those nominations. She is also the most nominated lady in the Grammy award’s history and the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Award.
Business and Ventures
In 2014, she signed a deal with British fashion retailer Topshop to launch an activewear line of clothing. Beyoncé with her mother introduced a contemporary women’s fashion line with the name of House of Dereon in 2005. In 2016, the 50-50 venture Ivy Park was launched.
In 2010, Beyoncé founded her own entertainment company Parkwood Entertainment that served as an umbrella for the entertainers of various fields including, music, fashion and movies. In addition, the company also houses a state of the art editing suite.
Tours and residencies
Beyoncé has appeared in many live performances.
- Dangerously in Love Tour (2003)
- Verizon Ladies First Tour (2004)
- The Beyoncé Experience (2007)
- I Am… Yours (2009)
- I Am… World Tour (2009-2010)
- 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé (2011)
- Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live (2012)
- The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour (2013-2017)
- On the Run Tour (2014)
- The Formation World Tour (2016)
- On the Run II Tour (2018)
She is actively participating in many charitable works. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina, Beyoncé and Rowland founded the Survival foundation, in which Beyoncé contributed $250,000 to provide transitional housing for the victims of the Huston area. The Survival foundation has since expanded and also provided relief after three years for the victims of Hurricane Ike. In 2011, she worked with US First Lady Michelle Obama to boost the campaign against child obesity.