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Beyonce Knowles Biography

Learn about the life and times of Beyoncé Knowles, the most Grammy-awarded female artist of all time.

Beyonce Knowles Biography

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Born on 4 September 1981 in Houston, Texas, Beyonce Knowles is a songwriter, record producer, R&amp;B singer, and American actress. From a family with French origin, her father Mathew acts as her manager with her mother Tina, being her stylist, while younger sister Solange too is a singer.</p>

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Beyonce&rsquo;s childhood was anything but normal. She was 8 when she ran into LaTayla Robertson during auditions for a girls musical group. Her manager and father Mathew later united the pair with LeToya Luckett. Cousin Kelly Rowland joined the group in 1992 for a performance on Star Search.</p>

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Small gigs and label shopping followed before the four ladies formally organized themselves into Destiny&rsquo;s Child. Their debut single No, No, No released in 1997, going multi-platinum for a promising start. Media popularity was instant and their self-titled debut wowed one and all.</p>

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Beyonce Knowles, heads Destiny&rsquo;s Child as singer and co-composer. In 2002, she scooped the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) title of Pop Songwriter of the Year, becoming the 1st black woman and only the 2nd woman to achieve the honor.</p>

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Knowles made her acting debut in MTV&rsquo;s Hip Hopera: Carmen in 2001 and a co-starring role as Foxxy Cleopatra In Mike Myers&rsquo; James Bond spoof Goldmember in 2002. Others followed in 2004 with The Fighting Temptations and The Pink Panther. A starring part in the film version of the smash 1961 Broadway musical Dreamgirls is scheduled for a December opening.</p>

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During summer holidays in 2006 Beyonce Knowles secretly recorded a video in a mere 3 weeks, promising a break for herself. She cites Dreamgirls the movie being a major inspiration for her album, B-Day (Freakum Dress, Deja Vu, Get Me Bodied, Irreplaceable, Green Light, Kitty Kat, Resentment, Suga Mama, Ring the Alarm, Upgrade U).</p>

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Beyonc&eacute; found herself under fire for performing a private concert for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on New Year&#39;s Eve in 2010. She later donated her fee from the event to help victims of the Haitian earthquake. According to some reports, Beyonc&eacute; said that her father had been responsible for arranging the Libyan concert. She decided to drop her father as her manager in March 2011.</p>

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Married to Jay-Z since 2008, Beyonc&eacute; was the subject of many pregnancy rumors over the years. In 2011, however, the notoriously private couple went public with the news of their impending new arrival. Beyonc&eacute; showed off her growing baby bump at the MTV Video Music Awards that August.</p>

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By the end of 2011, there had been several false reports of Beyonc&eacute; delivering her baby. She and Jay-Z finally welcomed their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, on January 7, 2012. The couple spared no expense to maintain their privacy during this special time&mdash;renting out a floor of New York&#39;s Lenox Hill Hospital.</p>

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