Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child.
Beyoncé rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the R&B girl-group Destiny's Child.
Its failure to win the Best Female Video category, which went to American country pop singer Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me", led to Kanye West interrupting the ceremony and Beyoncé improvising a re-presentation of Swift's award during her own acceptance speech.
and she garnered several nominations for her portrayal of James, including a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
After the release of Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé had planned to produce a follow-up album using several of the left-over tracks.
However, this was put on hold so she could concentrate on recording Destiny Fulfilled, the final studio album by Destiny's Child.
Her critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyoncé (2013), was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes.
Her sixth album, Lemonade (2016), also received widespread critical acclaim, and subsequently became the best-selling album of 2016. Mary's Montessori School in Houston, where she enrolled in dance classes.
Sasha Fierce, Record of the Year for "Halo", and Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", among others.
The album 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".
Following the break-up of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B'Day (2006), which contained the top ten singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar".
Beyoncé also continued her acting career, with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (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...
Girl's Tyme failed to win, and Beyoncé later said the song they performed was not good.