Updated: Nov 17, 2021
BEYONCE '' THE MUSIC CHANGER''.........
Beyonce Recognized as one of the greatest musical artists of all time, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has grown well beyond just an entertainer. As the Houston-born singer-songwriter approaches the third decade of her career, she maintains her status as an international icon representative of power, confidence, and activism.
Entering her first talent show at seven years old with a performance of John Lennon's, "Imagine," Beyoncé received not only first place but a standing ovation. Clearly, not much has changed.
With multiple nods to Houston, Texas and her Creole roots, within her song lyrics, performances, and fashion choices, it's no secret that Beyoncé's home town holds a special place in her heart.
In high school, Beyoncé dated a boy named Lyndell Locke, but they split up before she went on to pursue her career. She once told the Telegraph: "When I was 12, 13 I had my first boyfriend, and he was my boyfriend until I was 17. At that age, that was a long time. I've always been very loyal and a little more mature. Though I was too young for it to really be a boyfriend–we didn't live together, we didn't, you know…That was my only experience with a guy, and since then I've only had one other boyfriend in my life–Jay."
Before she became the solo-artist we know her as today, Beyoncé was the lead vocalist in the girl group Girls Tyme, which was a precursor to Desinty's Child. Along with Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, and LeToya Luckett, the group formed in 1990 in Houston, Texas. The group signed as Destiny's Child in 1997, and Michelle Williams replaced Roberson and Luckett in 2000.
During her powerful VH1 "Divas" performance in 2003, Beyoncé tossed her pair of $250,000 Lorraine Schwartz earrings into the audience. They were later retrieved from the not-so-lucky fan for contractual reasons, but it's the thought that counts.
When Destiny’s Child split and her father, the girl group’s manager, was sued for mismanagement, Beyoncé struggled with depression. The artist secluded herself and didn’t eat much during this spell. She credits her mother, who encouraged her to care for her mental health, to helping her recover.
Pictured at a Lorraine Schwartz launch party in 2010, Beyoncé flaunts both her engagement ring and matching tattoo to husband Jay-Z, reading "IV." Representative of their lucky number, birth dates, wedding day, and now album names–Beyoncé's "4" and Jay-Z's "4:44"–this number holds a close place to both of their hearts. Following the birth of their first daughter, speculators drew a potential connection between the numeral and Blue Ivy's name. A possible play on words–or numbers?.
Beyoncé launched her own perfume line in 2010 and has released and endorsed several others scents over the years. For her own fragrances, she had to have them chemically altered during the development process because she is allergic to most perfumes.
SHE SUPPORTS WORLD ISSUES Pictured during her 2003 visit to the Mothers 2 Mothers center in South Africa, Beyoncé continues to support single mothers and children affected by AIDS. Needless to say, this is among many of Beyoncé's charitable acts.
SHE HOLDS GRAMMY RECORDS:
Not only is Beyoncé the most-nominated woman in Grammy history with a whopping 66 nominations, but she also is the first woman to win six Grammy's in one night. She currently holds 23 wins, including her most recent Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album for her collaborative album with Jay-Z, Everything is Love.
Although she went on a strict diet following the birth of twins Rumi and Sir in 2017, Beyoncé enjoys indulging in ice cream every now and then. According to pictures that she shared of a meal consisting of chicken and waffles, grits, and ice cream, butter pecan is one of her favorite flavors.
While lead singer of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé and her band-members received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but the celebrity has not received a star bearing her own name.
Scientist Bryan Lessard discovered a species of horsefly in 2012, in Northern Queensland, Australia. He named it Scaptia beyonceae, because of golden hairs on the fly’s abdomen, and it now has a reputation as the “all-time diva of flies.” SHE's a hands-on volunteer: Here, Beyoncé serves meals to the homeless community affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Widely recognized for her $7 million donation to the cause and creating the #BEYGOOD movement in efforts to fight hunger, she's no stranger to giving back to her community.
SHE's an advocate for mental health: The Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix House in Brooklyn, New York, is an addiction program that assists mental recovery while simultaneously providing clients with a seven-month cosmetology training course. Beyoncé demonstrates her support as well as awareness of mental health issues through her development of this program, adding to her list of valuable and generous accomplishments.
She donated her Cadillac Records Salary:Beyoncé’s connection to Phoenix House began while preparing for her role as Etta James in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records. She donated her earnings from the film, which amounted to around $4 million, to the rehabilitation center. SHE PERFORMED AT THE SUPERBOWL. TWICE.Blessing both the 2013 and 2016 Super Bowl audiences, Beyoncé's two elaborate performances were among the most-watched of all time.
Beyoncé became the first-ever black woman to headline Coachella Music Festival in 2018.
With talent ingrained in Beyoncés genes, her seven-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is no exception. Having appeared on Billboard charts for her feature on Jay-Z's 2012 track "Glory" just days after being born, she holds the record for the youngest recording artist in history. What they say proves to be true; like mother, like daughter.
SHE'S AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN As the song goes, Beyoncé buys her own diamonds and her own rings, with a net worth of $350 million.
SHE HELD A GUINNESS RECORD: With her 2017 Instagram post announcing her second pregnancy achieving six million likes in the first eight hours of posting, and now flaunting over 11 million likes, Beyoncé once held the Guinness World Record title for the "Most liked image on Instagram." Are we even surprised?
SHE'S ONE OF THE HIGHEST-SELLING ARTISTS Having sold over 118 million solo albums and 60 million with Destiny's Child, Beyoncé is among the highest-selling artists of all time.
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