Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter and actress.
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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.
Houston is the most populous city in Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States, located in Southeast Texas near the Gulf of Mexico.
Destiny's Child was an American girl group whose final and best-known line-up comprised Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams.
Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.
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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, which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".
A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.
Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day, which contained hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar".
"Beautiful Liar" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé and Colombian singer Shakira.
Beyoncé also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Dreamgirls and starring roles in The Pink Panther and Obsessed.
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Her marriage to rapper Jay Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records influenced her third album, I Am...
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Sasha Fierce, 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 ".
Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul.
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Her critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyoncé, was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.
With the release of Lemonade, Beyoncé became the first artist to have their first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Throughout a career spanning 19 years, she has sold over 100 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.
She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history.
She is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.
An MTV Video Music Award is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in the music video medium.
The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s.
The Recording Industry Association of America is a continental North and South American trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States.
In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s and handed their Millennium Award in 2011.
Time listed her among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014, and in 2016 she occupied the sixth place for Person of the Year.
Forbes also listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015.