Born 4 September 1981.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

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Beyonce live at Glastonbury 2011

Beyonce took to the Glastonbury Festival Pyramid Stage for a groundbreaking performance in front of 170,000 people.

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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé ( bee-YON-say), is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. 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. 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 (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide; it sold 11 million copies, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in June 2005, she released her second solo album, B'Day (2006), which contained hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". Beyoncé also ventured into acting, with a Golden Globe-nominated performance in Dreamgirls (2006), and starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006) and Obsessed (2009). Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), 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 (Put a Ring on It)". Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 (2011) was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul. Her fifth studio album, Beyoncé (2013), was critically acclaimed and was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.

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  1. Review of 4

    4 2011

    Reviewed by Matthew Horton
    Queen B’s powerhouse balladry remains untouchable when she really opens up.
  2. Review of I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas

    I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A greatest hits-style setlist performed with accomplished pizzazz.
  3. Review of I Am...Sasha Fierce

    I Am...Sasha Fierce 2008

    Reviewed by Talia Kraines
    An attempt no doubt for credibility and importance!
  4. Review of Dangerously In Love

    Dangerously In Love 2003

    Reviewed by Lewis Dene
    Lets face it Beyoncé Knowles is one fine looking lady and she knows it! She strikes...
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