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Beyonce Knowles: Destined to Be an Artist

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Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born in 1981 in Texas. Beyonce began her career at very early times singing at the church choir and taking opera classes. When she was just 8 years old, she met LaTavia Robertson and some time later LeToya Luckett. They, along with Kelly Rowland, performed on Star Search in 1992. In 1997, they released their first single “No, no, no” as Destiny’s Child and the album The Writing's On The Wall in 1999. After their debut, they quickly become one of the most popular and successful R&B female groups, and Beyonce was the chief singer. Nevertheless, the critics and rumors about the group also grew. In 2001, LeToya and LaTavia left the group. Destiny’s Child won Grammy, MTV, Soul Train, Image and American Music awards.

After the release of the successful album Survivor (2002), the group decided to try at solo careers. Even before her first album was ready, Beyonce had achieved very important hits. She participated in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember as Foxxy Cleopatra, co-starring Mike Myres. She recorded the single “Work it Out” for the movie soundtrack and also produced the music video. With this single, Beyonce was at top 10 hit and 40 hit in the United Kingdom and Netherlands respectively, but it was not that successful in the United States. In 2002, she released “Bonnie and Clyde” with Jay-Z, her boyfriend and fiancé.

In her debut album Dangerously In Love (2003), she counted on the collaboration of other great singers and performers: Jay-Z, Missy Elliot, Mario Winans, Sean Paul, Mark Batson, D-Roy, OutKast's Big Boi, Mr. B, Luther Vandross, Fanatic, Rich Harrison, and Scott Storch. Her father and manager shares with her the co-executive producer credits. The singles “Crazy in Love” featured Jay-Z, “Baby Boy” featured Sean Paul and Naughty Girl have been a real success.

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