Beyoncé was born on 4th September 1981 in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, worked as a Xerox sales manager who in 1995 resigned from his job to manage Beyonce’s group ‘Girl's Tyme’, and her mother, Celestine Ann "Tina" Beyincé, was a hairdresser and salon owner. Beyoncé's name is a tribute to her mother's maiden name. Beyoncé has a younger sister Solange who is also a singer.
Beyoncé’s singing talent was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson at St. Mary's Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas, began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes.
Beyoncé attended Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform with the school's choir. She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School.
In 1996, Beyoncé first captured the public's eye as lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny's Child as the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. In 1997, Destiny's Child released their major label debut song "Killing Time" on the soundtrack to the film, Men in Black.
After releasing their fourth album in 2001, group Destiny's Child announced a hiatus to further pursue solo careers. In the same year, she made her acting debut with a starring role in MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera.
Beyoncé took center stage as a solo artist, releasing her first album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003. She was rumored to be dating Jay-Z around this time, but the couple did not publicly acknowledge their relationship.
In 2004, Destiny's Child released their last studio album, Destiny Fulfilled, and officially broke up the following year.
In 2006, Beyoncé released her second studio album, B'Day. In 2008, Beyoncé married rapper and music mogul Jay-Z in a small, private ceremony in New York City. She publicly revealed their marriage in a video montage at the listening party for her third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce.
In addition to acting and performing, Beyoncé runs a clothing line called House of Dereon with her mother. She also launched her own fragrance, Heat, in 2010.
After releasing her fourth album 4, Beyoncé announced that she and Jay-Z were expecting their first child. In January 2012, Beyoncé gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York under heavy security. Two days later, Jay-Z released "Glory", a song dedicated to their child. Blue Ivy's cries are included at the end of the song, making her the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart.
A self-described "modern-day feminist", her songs are often characterized by themes of love, relationships, and monogamy, as well as female sexuality and empowerment.
She has won 17 Grammy Awards and sold over 75 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny's Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
In 2014, she ranked atop of Forbes' Celebrity 100 and became the highest-paid black musician in history. She was included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and 2014.