The dazzling diva we all know as Beyoncé has been a center stage performer since she was a tiny tot, competing in singing and dancing contests throughout her school-age years. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer and star of the R&B sensation Destiny's Child, which quickly became one of the best-selling girl groups in music history. The trio churned out hit after hit and won several Grammy awards before Beyoncé - Miss Bootylicious herself - left in 2003 to pursue a solo career. The multi-talented superstar has since released 4 Grammy-winning albums, reached official diva status by creating an alter ego called Sasha Fierce, and displayed her acting chops in music-themed movies like ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Cadillac Records.’ In 2008, Beyoncé married rap mogul Jay-Z; apparently, she grew tired of being a single lady and demanded that he "put a ring on it." Their daughter is named Blue Ivy Carter, keeping with the celebrity tradition of giving children oddball names.

About Beyonce

Known for: Her stunning beauty and talent, and her marriage to Jay-Z

Beyoncé is a singer, actress, songwriter, record producer and model. As a child, she was enrolled in various performing arts schools and singing and dancing competitions. Her father put together an all-girl group based around Beyoncé which eventually became Destiny's Child.

In 2003, Beyoncé recorded her first solo album, ''Dangerously in Love,'' which turned out to be one of the most successful albums of the year. In 2005, Destiny's Child broke up leaving Beyoncé with more time to focus on her second solo album, ''B'Day.'' Her third album, ''I Am… Sasha Fierce,'' was released in November of 2008, and it won six Grammy Awards.

Beyoncé made her acting debut in the musical ''Carmen: A Hip Hopera'' in 2001. In 2006, she took on the lead role in the film adaptation of ''Dreamgirls,'' receiving two Golden Globe nominations.

In 2009, Forbes listed Beyoncé as the top ''Best-Paid Celebs Under 30'' with over $87 million in earnings. Beyoncé has endorsed Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and L'Oréal.

Beyonce and husband Jay-Z welcomed the birth of their first child on January 7, 2011. 'Ivy Carter Blue' is the first child of music's super-couple.

Name: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
Birthday: September 4, 1981
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Record Label: Columbia
Musical Genre: R&B

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