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2:05 p.m. - 2010-05-25
History of Beyonce's Career

The first born of two daughters, Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, on 4 September 1981. Beyonce showed her talent at singing before the age of seven years old. At age seven, Beyonce started dance school and became a solo vocalist in her church's choir.

By her teen years, any spare time Beyonce had was spent with her childhood friends, LaTayia Roberson, Kelly Rowland and LeToya Luckett, performing at local functions. The girls, known at the time as "Girl's Tyme", tried their luck on the TV show Star Search but did not make the cut. Beyonce's father gave up his good paying job to devote his time to promoting the band. To this day Matthew Knowles manages his daughter's career.

After trying out a few different band names, the girls settledon the name Destiny's Child. The group's first breatkhrough was the inclusion of their song "Killing Time" on the soundtrack for the motion picture "Men In Black.". The next year (1998) Destiny's Child reached number one on the singles chart with their record "No, No, No Part 2". The group became a trio later on that same year with the departure of LeToya and LaTayia, who decided to pursue individual careers.Destiny's Child shrank that same year when LeToya left the group to pursue a solo career. The group went on though to achieve greater success with 2000 seeing four Hot 100 Number One singles on the Billboard charts and two albums that each reached number one.

Destiny's Child's next album also was met with tremendous success, including singles like "Bug A Boo", "Jumpin' Jumpin', and "Say My Name". The folllowing year, 2001, they won two Grammy awards for "Say My Name." They followed up with another album, "Survivor," which produced hits such as the title track as well as "Bootylicious". Destiny's Cild decided to disband by 2005 but had at that time proven to be one of the top selling female groups in music history.

Prior to that time though, Beyonce had already clearly shown her talens and abilities as a vocalist and as a songwriter. She won the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers' 2001Songwiter of the Year award. Beyonce was the first African-American female to receive the award and only the second female to win it. During this time, Beyonce also worked on several solo projects, though these were not as well-received as the earlier Destiny's Child projects.

The release of her first solo album, "Dangerously In Love", saw Beyonce return to her success with the album reaching the top selling album with over 300,000 copies sold in the first week alone.. "Crazy In Love", the abum's first single, rocketed to the top of the charts immediately and stayed at the top for the next two months. Later in 2003, the sales of her album and its single were on the tops of the charts simultaneously, a feat achieved previously by the likes of The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. She is the only female recording artist to achieve this feat.

Beyonce received five Grammy Awards the following year for this album and its single.

For her 25th birthday Beyonce released her second solo album, titled "B'Day", an album that went on to sell over 500,000 copies in the first week after its release. B'Day's first singl went on to also reach number one on the US R&B charts.

In late 2008, she put out her next album, unleashing her alter ego in the title of the album "I Am....Sasha Fierce".

The talent and ability shown by Beyonce has won her a universe of fans, all of who are looking forward to what the future holds for her.



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