Beyoncé (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter)

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Legal name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter


Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (née Knowles; born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé (/biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-say), is an American singer and actress. 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 the release of Beyoncé's debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide; it sold 11 million copies, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in June 2005, she released her second solo album, B'Day (2006), which contained hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Dreamgirls (2006), and starring roles in The Pink Panther (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 birth 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 fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013), was critically acclaimed and was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.

A self-described "modern-day feminist", her songs are often characterized by themes of love, relationships, and monogamy, as well as female sexuality and empowerment. On stage, her dynamic, highly choreographed performances have led to critics hailing her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Throughout a career spanning 17 years, she has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 118 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny's Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. 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 and their Artist of the Millennium in 2011. In 2014, she ranked atop of Forbes' Celebrity 100 and became the highest-paid black musician in history. She was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Dangerously in Love Beyoncé 3.75 8
2006 B'Day Beyoncé 4 15
2008 I Am… Sasha Fierce Beyoncé 5 12
2011 4 Beyoncé 4 10
2013 Beyoncé Beyoncé 3 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Speak My Mind Compilation Beyoncé 2
2009 Above and Beyoncé: Dance Mixes Compilation Beyoncé 2
2010 From The Beginning - The Best Compilation Beyoncé 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Live at Wembley Live Beyoncé 1
2009 I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas Live Beyoncé 2
2010 I Am... World Tour Live Beyoncé 1
2011 4 Intimate Nights With Beyoncé Live Beyoncé 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) Dance Mixes Remix Beyoncé 1
2012 4: The Remix Remix Beyoncé 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2002 Work It Out Beyoncé 5 3
2002 '03 Bonnie & Clyde Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé 5 2
2003 Crazy in Love Beyoncé 5 9
2003 Baby Boy Beyoncé 4
2003 Summertime Beyoncé 2
2004 Me, Myself and I Beyoncé 2
2004 Naughty Girl Beyoncé 1
2005 Check on It Beyoncé 8
2006 Deja Vu Beyoncé 5
2006 Irreplaceable Beyoncé 2
2007 Listen Beyoncé 5 1
2007 Beautiful Liar Beyoncé & Shakira 7
2008 If I Were a Boy Beyoncé 5
2008 God Bless the USA Beyoncé 1
2009 Halo Beyoncé 4
2009 Si yo fuera un chico Beyoncé 9
2009 Diva (Remixes) Beyoncé 1
2009 Broken-Hearted Girl Beyoncé 2
2009 Video Phone Beyoncé 5 8
2010 Proud to Be an American Beyoncé 1
2010 Telephone Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé 3.8 6
2010 Wishing On a Star Beyoncé 1
2011 Run the World (Girls) Beyoncé 2
2011 Move Your Body Beyoncé feat. Swizz Beatz 1
2011 1+1 Beyoncé 1
2011 Best Thing I Never Had Beyoncé 1
2011 Dance For You Beyoncé 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Green Light: Freemasons EP Beyoncé 1
2007 Irreemplazable Beyoncé 2

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