Updated: Aug 21
Beyoncé was born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, USA. She is music artist, actress, model, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Beyoncé's interest in entertainmnet started very early in her life, performing in various singing and dancing competttions as a child. She rose to fame in the late 1990s, as a lead singer of the R&B girls group, Destiny's Child. The group was managed by her dad, and was one of the world's best -selling girl groups before it's official disbandment in 2006.
Beyoncé released her debut solo studio album in 2003, while still with Destiny's Child. The album, Dangerously In Love, was in strict terms, the cornerstone for Beyoncé's establishment and success as a global music superstar. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and earned her 5 Grammy Awards. Also, the album featured 2 number-one singles, namely Crazy In Love and Baby Boy, on the Billboard Hot 100.
Beyoncé went solo fully fledged after the demise of Destiny's Child, and released her second studio album, B´Day, in 2006. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart and earned her a Grammy Award in 2007 for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
Her third studio album, I Am....Sasha Fierce, was released in 2008. Like her previous two albums, I am...Sasha Fierce debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Beyoncé's fourth studio album, 4, was equally successful. The album was released in 2011 and debuted at number 1 on the Billiboard 200 Chart.
She released her fifth studio album, Beyoncé, in 2013. As always, the album debuted at number 1 on the Billiboard 200 Chart. The album features hit single Drunk In Love, a duet with her husband Jay Z.
Her sixth and last studio album so far, Lemonade, released in 2016, is probably the second most successful studio album after Dangerously In Love. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, and all its 12 tracks have debuted on the Billiboard Hot 100 Chart. The album has been certified 3 x Platinum in June 2019 after having sold 3 million copies in USA.
Throughout her music career so far, Beyoncé has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, and 60 million with Destiny's Child, worldwide. She has won 20 Grammy Awards, and is the most nominated woman in the Grammy Awards' history. In 2014, Beyoncé was world's highest paid music artist of African descent, and was listed among Time's 100 most influencial people in the world, in second year running.
Despite her overwhelming performance and authority in music, Beyoncé is still very humble, and publicly credits her massive success as a music artist to those who came before her. She particularly has great respect for Michael Jackson, who she says influenced and inspired her to a very great deal, after she attended her first ever concert at the age of 5, in which Michael Jackson was performing. She goes to the extent of saying that if it wasn't for Michael Jackson's influence, she may, perhaps, not have became a music artist! She also has lots of respect for Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston, among others.
In addition to music and as indicated earlier, Beyoncé is involved in some other career activities including movie acting, modelling, entrepreneurship. Detailed description of these activities will follow soon.
Furthermore, Beyoncé is probably one of the most committed philanthropists in the world. We will illustrate as thus.
On the one hand, the diva is a co-founder of a charity called Survivor Foundation. The latter was launched in 2015, and geared towards providing emergency housing for victims of the Hurricane Katrina, within the Houston area in Texas. She contributed $250 000 to the Foundation as initial funding of it's charitable endeavor.
On the other hand, she has so far supported 37 charities that include the following:
1) Hope For Haiti Now
3) Global Citizen
4) Keep A Child Alive
5) The Samburu Project
6) United Negro College Fund
7) Save The Children
8) Kids Wish Network
9) Global Goals
10) Global Poverty Project
11) Food Bank For New York City
12) Artists For Peace And Justice
13) America Foundation For Aids Research
14) Feeding America, and
15) Boys And Girls Clubs Of America
In recognition of her incredible contribution to entertainment, fashion, beauty, and philanthropy, Beyonce has been honored massively with over 500 awards from all parts of the world, becoming one of the most decorated female celebrities of all time. Some of the awards she has received so include the following:
1) 27 BET Awards
2) 26 MTV Videoa Music Awards
3) 23 Grammy Awards
4) 13 Billboard Music Awards
5) 10 Guinness Book Of World Records
6) 9 American Music Awards
7) 7 MTV Europe Music Awards
8) 4 World Music Awards
9) 3 BRIT Awards
10) 3 BET Hip Hop Awards
11) 2 MTV Movie Awards
12) 1 Council Of Fashion Designers Of America Award
13) 1 FiFi Award
14) 1 Barnardos Mother Of The Year Award, and
15) 1 Most Influential People Of African Descent (MIPAD) Award
As an individual, Beyoncé has been described in numerous quarters worldwide as extra-ordinarily beautiful, with People magazine naming her World's Most Beautiful Woman, in 2012.
Also, Beyoncé is perceived by many, as one of the sexiest women the world has ever seen. In this respect, she was named Hottest Female Singer Of All Time by Complex magazine in 2012; while in 2013 she topped GQ magazine's list of 100 Sexiest Women Of The 21st Century.
Furthermore, because of her amazing beauty and sexiness, wax figures of Beyoncé have been generated worldwide and placed in Madame Tussauds Museums in some of the world greatest cities like Amsterdam, New York City, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Bangkok, among others.
While Beyoncé's extra-ordinary beauty and sexiness have been attributed to her natural physical features as well as her great taste and expertise for sexy fashion; her other non-physical personal qualities may have also contributed. The personal qualities include: charisma, intelligence, sophistication, empath, strategic thinking, kindness, friendliness, humbleness, and politeness.
In more general terms, Beyoncé's career life so far has taught us, among others, that individual fame and wealth when seen by the individual as products of society only through which they can be generated, can then in turn be used as opportunities for the individual to bring positive change in society per se.
More specifically, Beyoncé reportedly has used the massive influence accruing from her fame and wealth to, among others, launch and engage in important social justice initiatives, including advocating for following:
1) The Black Lives Matter movement, and particularly campaign against police brutality in USA
2) Gender equality, and especially what she reportedly calls modern-day feminism probably to distance herself from more radical forms of feminism
3) Human rights of some minority groups
4) Freedom of expression
Beyoncé is also known to have used her influence in society to help raising funds for some good causes.
Furthermore and more indirectly, Beyoncé's career life is said to have been tremendous inspiration to younger female artists worldwide including: Ariana Grande, Rexha Bebe, Bridgit Mendler, Rita Ora, Tinashe, Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, and even megastars Rihanna and Adele.
With a net worth is $500 million as of 2020 by Celebrity Net Worth magazine, and family's combined net worth of staggering $1.26 billion as of 2019 by Forbes, Beyoncé´s accomplishment from a financial perspective has so far been absolutely outstanding. Together with her concerted interest in philanthropy, there is no doubt whatsoever, Beyoncé is one of the greatest smart beautiful women of all time.
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