Beyoncé Giselle Knowles
September 4, 1981
Under the management of her father, Beyonce, her cousin and two other girls joined together to form a singing group. They performed together on Star Search in 1992.
The group performed under different names at clubs and small venues. They finally settled on the name of Destiny’s Child. They then recorded and released their first single “No, No, No” which went straight up to the top of the pop charts, followed by their self titled debut album Destiny’s Child in 1997.
They released their second album, The Writings on the Wall in 1999, which was an even bigger success with three top-ten hits (“Bills, Bills, Bills,” Jumpin, Jumpin,” and “Say My Name.”
The group had another hit song on the soundtrack for Charlie’s Angels in 2000 entitled, Independent Women, pt. 1, where they were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and won the ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion.
2001 brought the group two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance, but it also brought about a change in the group with two members leaving, and a new third member. However, the new trio stuck it out and recorded the third Destinys Child that same year entitled Survivor, which gave the group more awards, including another Grammy.
In 2002, she tried to stretch her talents outside of music and partnered up with Mike Myers in Austin Powers: Goldmembers. Her performance led to the nomination of the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Female Performance.
In 2003, Beyonce sampled the waters outside of the group and recorded a hit single, “Bonnie and Clyde ‘03” with Jay-Z which was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year. That same year, Beyonce released her first solo album, Dangerously in Love. For someone that was used to receiving awards, she was not disappointed during the 2004 Grammy Awards where she won five awards (Female R&B Vocal Performance, R&B Performance by Duo or Group With Vocals, Best R&B Song, Best Contemporary R&B Album and with a nomination for Record of the Year).
She continued pursuing acting along with her music career in 2003 and had a critically acclaimed role in the movie The Fighting Temptations where she was nominated for the Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and the Black Reel Award for Film: Best Actress. She was won the Black Reel Award for Film: Best Song with Walter Williams Sr.
In 2004, she reunited with Destiny’s Child and released their fourth album in November of that year, Destiny Fulfilled to the delight of fans everywhere.
The trio known as Destiny’s Child, while on their European tour, announced on MTV (in June 2005) that they were going to be breaking up to pursue their own individual careers. The split would be official after they finished up their world tour on September 10, 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Destiny’s Child appeared at the Live8 concert on July 2, 2005.
In July of 2005, singer-songwriter Jennifer Armour filed a lawsuit against Beyonce claiming that the song “Baby Boy” was partly stolen from a song she had “shopped it around” to Beyonce’s people. The hearing is scheduled for October 28, 2005. This is not the first time this has occurred, Destiny’s Child was sued in 2003 for alleged copyright infringement for the song “Survivor.”
So what’s next for this beautiful and talented singer and actress? There is a rumor that she may be doing another album with Destiny’s Child, another solo album and look for her in the upcoming movie Pink Panther in 2005 and Dreamgirls in 2006 where
she will be playing a Diana Ross like character.