Beyoncé Knowles was born to Tina (nee Beyoncé) and Mathew Knowles, and has a younger sister, Solange, who also achieved success in the music industry. At just nine years old, Beyoncé formed the girl group Destiny’s Child (originally known as Girl’s Tyme) in 1990 with childhood friends. Despite early setbacks, including a loss on the Star Search talent show in 1992 and a failed recording contract in 1995, Destiny’s Child signed with Columbia Records in 1997. Their self-titled debut album, featuring the hit single “No, No, No Part 2,” marked their breakthrough, followed by the hugely successful album “The Writing’s on the Wall” in 1999, which earned them two Grammy Awards.

By 2001, Destiny’s Child, then comprised of Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, topped the charts with “Survivor.” The group’s lineup changed over the years, but their success remained strong, with the 2011 release of “4” coinciding with Beyoncé’s pregnancy with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
In 2013, Beyoncé revolutionized the music industry by unexpectedly dropping her self-titled visual album “BEYONCÉ,” which garnered widespread acclaim and set a new standard for surprise releases. Her 2016 visual album “Lemonade,” accompanied by a groundbreaking HBO special, showcased a more political and personal side of Beyoncé, exploring themes of Black culture and female empowerment. It received critical acclaim and cultural significance, cementing Beyoncé’s influence beyond music into academia and social discourse.

Taking a break after giving birth to twins in 2017, Beyoncé returned in 2018 to headline Coachella as the first Black woman to do so, delivering a performance that celebrated HBCU traditions and became a cultural landmark. The performance was later released as a Netflix special and album.

Ending the “Lemonade” era in 2018, Beyoncé and Jay Z released the joint album “Everything is Love” under the name “The Carters,” coinciding with their successful “On The Run II” tour. With a career spanning over 25 years, Beyoncé has become one of the best-selling music artists of all time, the most Grammy-nominated woman artist, and an iconic figure in entertainment history. Her influence extends to a new generation of artists, while she herself draws inspiration from legends such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner, among others.

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