Category: Beyonce

Biography of Beyonce Knowles

Birthname: Beyonce Giselle Knowles
Date of birth: 1981-09-03
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Nationality: American
Profession: actress, musician
 
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981 is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, dancer, and fashion designer for House of Deréon.
Beyoncé rose to stardom as the lead singer of Destiny's Child, the world's best-selling female group. After a series of commercially-successful singles with the group, she released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which topped both the Billboard 200 and the R&B charts in the U.S. and the main albums chart in Canada and the United Kingdom. Beyoncé has won nine Grammy Awards throughout her career - six as a solo artist, and three as a member of Destiny's Child.
Beyoncé's sophomore album, B'Day, was released to enormous worldwide success on September 4, 2006 to coincide with the celebration of her twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week the album sold over 541,000 copies in North America, making it her highest-selling first week as a solo artist. The album includes hit songs "Deja Vu", "Ring the Alarm", and "Irreplaceable".

Early life

Beyoncé is the one of two daughters born to Matthew Knowles, an African-American, and Tina Knowles, an African-American of Creole descent (née Celestine Ann "Tina" Beyince or Beyonce) in Houston, Texas. Her maternal grandparents - Lumis Beyince, a seamstress, and Agnes Deréon - were French-speaking Louisiana Creoles., Platinum Celebs, February 18, 2004 Her parents decided on her first name as a tribute to her mother's surname. Her sister is Solange Knowles, a singer and actress.
By age seven, Beyoncé was attending dance school and was a soloist in her church choir. Her dance instructor took an interest in Knowles and took her star student to various competitions. Knowles went on to win over 30 local singing and dancing competitions.

Solo career

During the autumn of 2002, Beyoncé was the featured vocalist on rapper Jay-Z's hit single, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde". In the spring of 2003, Beyoncé remade a duet with the late Luther Vandross, "The Closer I Get to You", originally made famous by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. In this version, the vocal parts are switched, with Vandross taking Flack's part and Knowles taking Hathaway's. The song was included on both her solo debut album and on Vandross's Dance with My Father album, and the two shared the Grammy for "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" that same year. She recently collaborated with her beau, Jay-Z on his new album, Kingdom Come, providing the vocals and the hook for the track entitled: "Hollywood". She is also rumored to be working with Remy Ma, for her upcoming album, and the track is set to be titled 'Queen'.

Dangerously in Love

In 2003, Beyoncé released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number one selling 317,000 copies in its first week. It was certified Platinum just three weeks later on June 22 2003. Its first single, the funky "Crazy in Love", featured a propulsive riff and a guest rap from Jay-Z, rapidly becoming one of the biggest hits of that summer, staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. Dangerously in Love went to the top of the album charts in the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Greece, and the Philippines, and peaked on both the U.S. Billboard 200 and R&B charts. The album has sold over five million copies in the US and over eleven million copies worldwide. When her single and album simultaneously topped the main singles charts in both the U.S. and the UK, she became the first act to achieve this feat since Men at Work in 1983, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Rod Stewart in the 1960s and 1970s - thus becoming the first and so far, the only female artist to do so. Beyoncé was consequently one of the biggest-selling artists of 2003.
Towards the end of the summer, "Baby Boy", Dangerously in Love's second single, which featured Sean Paul, began to climb the charts. It went on to become one of the biggest hits of 2003, dominating radio airplay in the autumn of 2003, and spending nine weeks at number one - one week longer than "Crazy in Love". Afterwards Beyoncé released her third solo single, "Me, Myself and I"; Dangerously in Love's fourth single, "Naughty Girl", came out in mid-2004. Both songs peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
At the 2004 Grammy Awards ceremony, Beyoncé won a record-tying five Grammy Awards for her solo effort. These awards included "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" for "Dangerously in Love", and "Best Contemporary R&B Album". Three other female artists hold this record: Lauryn Hill (1999), Alicia Keys (2002), and Norah Jones (2003). She also won a Brit Award in 2004 for "International Female Solo Artist" in the United Kingdom.
In December 2005, Beyoncé released "Check on It", featuring rappers Slim Thug and (in the official remix) Bun B. The song was from the Destiny's Child's compilation, #1's and the The Pink Panther soundtrack and it was Knowles' sixth top five hit and third number one in the U.S.
At the 2006 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé won a Grammy in the category of "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" for the song "So Amazing", a duet with Stevie Wonder from the Luther Vandross tribute album .

B'Day

Knowles' sophomore album B'Day was released worldwide on September 4, 2006 and on September 5, 2006 in the U.S. to coincide with the celebration of Beyoncé's twenty-fifth birthday. In its first week the album sold more than 541,000 copies domestically, immediately coming in at number one, making it her highest-selling first week as a solo artist. This is also the highest first-week sales of any solo female artist in 2006. This record used to be held by pop singer Christina Aguilera who sold 346,000 copies of Back to Basics in its first week. In the UK, it debuted at number three with sales of 35,000 copies, and has sold in excess of 150,000 copies. "Deja Vu", the album's first single, features Jay-Z. Also with the co-production by Rodney Jerkins. Other co-producers on B'Day included Rich Harrison, The Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz. Beyoncé finished work on her second studio album in two weeks. Within four weeks, the album was certified Platinum in the U.S. and has sold 1.4 million copies on the US and 2.3 million worldwide.
The album's lead single "Deja Vu" became a top five hit in the United States and a number-one hit on the U.S. R&B chart and the UK chart, making it Beyoncé's second UK number-one single, when it climbed twenty spots to take the top spot over Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean's "Hips Don't Lie" in the week of August 27, 2006.
The second single, "Ring the Alarm", was leaked on the Internet August 8, 2006. The video for "Ring the Alarm" was released on August 16, 2006 on Yahoo.com and peaked at number one on the site's video chart. "Ring the Alarm" became Beyoncé's highest single charting debut, when it debuted at number twelve on the singles chart. Outside North America, "Irreplaceable" was released as the album's second international single in October 2006. It debuted at number fourteen on the official chart and is a number-one on the Irish chart. The single debuted at number eighty-seven on the Hot 100 and number forty-two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song is currently peaking at number four on the UK Top 75 Singles. The single has also been taking over on the Irish charts, as it's already in its second week at number one. "Irreplaceable" is currently at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in just six weeks. It is Beyoncé's eighth top ten hit in the U.S. as a solo artist and 4th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart.
Beyoncé won her seventh MTV VMA for "Best R&B Video" at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards in August 31. In September 2006, Beyoncé won three awards at the UK's MOBO Awards ceremony. In November 2006, she took home an award for World's Best-Selling R&B Artist at the 2006 World Music Awards.
Beyonce has been quoted in several recent interviews for wanting to work with Shakira and is rumored to have Shakira possibly be featured on a track on the re-release of B'day.

Film career

In 2001, Beyoncé turned to acting, starring alongside actor Mekhi Phifer in the MTV television movie .
In the summer of 2002, Beyoncé co-starred in the film Austin Powers in Goldmember, playing Foxxy Cleopatra opposite Mike Myers and Michael Caine. Beyoncé also recorded the song "Work It Out" for the film's soundtrack. "Work It Out" was a top 10 hit in the UK and a top 40 hit in the Netherlands, Australia, and Ireland, despite being Beyoncé's biggest commercial disappointment to date in the U.S., where radio stations barely played the song and the video received very minor exposure, playing only on digital video channels, MTV Jams, and VH1 Soul.
In 2003, Beyoncé starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the film The Fighting Temptations, and recorded a song for it called "Fighting Temptation", alongside rappers Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, and Free. Unlike Knowles' own singles, the song did not become a hit, although the film was a moderate success at the box office.
Beyoncé co-starred in the film The Pink Panther, playing the role of Xania, an international pop singer, opposite Steve Martin, who plays Inspector Clouseau. The film was released on February 10, 2006, and was number one at the box office on its opening weekend.Yahoo Movies With Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Pink Panther, Knowles appeared in two films that opened at number one at the box office; the two films have grossed over $481,364,728 worldwide.
Beyoncé has completed filming the movie Dreamgirls, the film adaptation of the hit 1981 Broadway musical about a 1960s singing group loosely based on Motown all-female group The Supremes, as the Diana Ross-based character Deena Jones. The film is scheduled for release on December 15, 2006.imdb.com, 2006-02-10

Philanthropy

Beyoncé, music producer David Foster, and his daughter, Amy Foster Gillies, wrote Destiny's Child's single "Stand Up for Love" for World Children's Day, an event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children's causes worldwide. Destiny's Child lent their voices and support as global ambassadors for the 2005 World Children's Day program.
Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, along with Mathew Knowles, Tina Knowles, and sister Solange Knowles recently announced the formation of the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up for the purpose of providing transitional housing for 2005 Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in the Houston, Texas area. The Survivor Foundation extends the philanthropic mission of the "Knowles-Rowland Center For Youth", a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston.Finanznachrichten.de

PETA Controversy

Animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have voiced concern over Beyoncé wearing and using fur in her clothing line, House of Deréon.PETA Ambushes Beyoncé, smh.com.au After winning an online eBay auction, offered by VH1 for the Save the Music Foundation, to dine with Knowles in June 2006, two PETA members confronted the singer at a restaurant in New York City about her use of fur.BBC.co.uk Knowles did not respond, and the PETA members were escorted out.AOL video
On August 25, 2006, PETA wrote a letter of concern to Beyoncé about the treatment of baby alligators in a photoshoot. Knowles spoke to Arena magazine about the photoshoot for "Ring the Alarm," where a baby alligator had its mouth taped shut. She told Arena, "There was a shot where I held an alligator. (It) had (its) mouth taped - that was my bright idea." Knowles added, "He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn't have any way to defend himself. He was upset, so he peed on me. That was an experience." The organization contacted a biologist, who wrote a letter to Beyoncé. "As a specialist in reptile biology and welfare, I'm concerned about your posing with a terrified baby alligator for your new album cover." He added, "Humans and alligators are not natural bedfellows, and the two should not mix at events such as photo shoots. In my view, doing so is arguably abusive to an animal."PETA Wants Gator Aid From Beyoncé

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