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October 5th, 2020: Famous Fridays Blog Post - Beyonce

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, popularly known as Beyonce is an American singer and a global icon. She was born on September 4th to Tina Knowles, a businesswoman of Creole Descent (French, Native American, and African) and Matthew Knowles, an African American).

From an early age, she showed a certain inclination towards music and the performing arts. Her parents encouraged and supported her passion and at age 9 she formed an R&B girl group called Girl Tyme, now known as Destiny’s child. However, the road to success wasn’t an easy one for Destiny’s child.

In 1992 the group lost on the Star Search television talent show, and three years later was dropped from a recording contract before an album had been released. However, despite these setbacks, the girl didn’t give up and worked harder than ever to become one of the highest-selling girl groups of all times.

Their first album was a huge success and gave us the hit single “No, No, No Part 2.” The 2nd album called The Writing’s on the Wall was an even larger success and won 2 Grammys and sold 8 million copies! Their 3rd album Survivor topped the Billboard 200 chart! From this point on, Beyonce’s fame as a singer skyrocketed and then there was no turning back.

In the early 2000s the group split up to pursue individual projects and in 2003 Beyonce launched her first solo album called Dangerously in Love. It’s hit song Crazy in Love featured rapper Jay Z and from there, Beyonce’s life took a new turn. This album topped charts all over the world and won her five Grammy Awards, including best contemporary R&B album and best female R&B vocal performance.

In 2004, Destiny’s Child reunited to launch Destiny Fulfilled and then embarked on a world tour in 2005. However, soon after that the group officially disbanded. In 2006 Beyoncé released her second solo studio album, B’Day, and pop ballad “Irreplaceable” became its most successful single.

In 2008, her personal life turned around and she married rapper Jay-Z to become America’s next power couple and one of the top-earning couples in the entertainment industry. Their current net worth amounts to a whopping $1.4 billion. The couple have 3 kids together, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir Carter.

She also launched another album that year called me Am…Sasha Fierce. This album contributed to her dominance in the 2010 Grammys where she won 6 awards, including those for song of the year, best female pop vocal performance, and best contemporary R&B album. This achievement amounted to the most Grammys collected by a female artist in a single night. In early 2013, Destiny’s Child reunited for a halftime appearance at the Super Bowl and released a new song, “Nuclear.”

In 2018 Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a collaborative album, Everything is love and it took the Grammy for the best urban contemporary album.

She has also tried her hand at acting and served to be pretty good at it. She made her debut Carmen: A Hip Hopera, which aired on MTV.

For the 2019 remake of Disney’s The Lion King, she voiced the character of Nala and performed several songs on the soundtrack, including “Spirit,” an original song she co-wrote, and a rendition of Can You Feel the Love Tonight.

Over the past decade, she has established herself as an icon and inspiration for millions worldwide. In today's times when racism is such a prevalent issue, we need more work like Beyonce to stand up and inspire girls all around!

"We need to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible," Beyonce

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