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Bio For: Beyonce
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BEYONCE KNOWLES-CARTER (voice of Nala) is a renowned global performer, actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is the winner of 23 GRAMMY Awards and has won numerous awards for her prolific work as a singer and visual artist, including a Peabody Award; NAACP Image Awards, including Entertainer of The Year; MTV Video Music Award, including the Vanguard Award; American Music Awards, MOBO Awards, Billboard Awards and more.

Beyonce's musical story started when she was 9 years old, spending time with a group of friends dancing and singing their way into vocal competitions and performing at the rodeo, local clubs and concert venues in Houston, Texas. The group of girls gradually morphed into becoming Destiny's Child, one of the most successful female recording groups of all-time. Destiny's Child amassed worldwide hits with both singles and albums and in 2001 BEYONCE became the first African-American woman and the second woman ever to take home the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award for her work with the band.

Following her success with Destiny's Child and making the change to becoming a solo artist, Beyonce has become one of the defining artists of our generation. She is a creative tour-de-force who has captivated, astonished and is celebrated by the world.

Beyonce made chart history in 2003 when she became the first artist in 20 years, and the first female recording artist ever, to simultaneously reach #1 in the U.S and the U.K with both her debut solo album, Dangerously In Love and the chart-topping single "Crazy In Love." Beyonce went on to tour the U.S. for the first time as a solo artist in 2004 in support of her #1 multi-platinum debut solo album, which earned her five GRAMMY Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Song for "Crazy In Love" featuring Jay Z. With her five-in-one-year GRAMMY win, she tied the record for the most Grammys won in a single year by a female artist.

Following the success of her solo debut, Beyonce released two consecutive #1 albums, B'Day in 2006, which produced the hits, "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar," and I Am...Sasha Fierce in 2008, which was the most-talked about album of 2009. Her iconic video for the single "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" nearly melted the Internet, instantly becoming the most-watched and most mimicked clip around the entire globe. The "I AM..." World Tour opened in Canada in March 2009 and took Beyonce to over 100 cities around the world, with Billboard Magazine naming it the #1 concert attraction of 2009. Billboard also named Beyonce Woman of the Year in October 2009 and Top Female Artist of the Decade in December 2009.

Beyonce started 2010 with some historic wins at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards. Coming into the awards ceremony as the most nominated artist of the year with ten nominations for I AM...SASHA FIERCE, Beyonce took home six GRAMMYs, setting a record for the female artist with the most wins in one single year.

The summer of 2011 saw the release of Beyonce's fourth album, aptly named 4, which also debuted at #1. The critically praised album produced the hits "Love On Top," "Countdown," and "Run The World (Girls)." The incredible debut TV performance of "Run The World (Girls)" on the Billboard Awards in May 2011 became one of the most talked about performances of the year. On June 26, 2011, two days before the album's release, Beyonce made her historic debut on The Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, performing for a crowd of 114,000. Her appearance was the highlight of the festival and the live broadcast on the BBC was the largest TV audience of the Festival Sunday coverage in history with 2.6 million people tuned in to watch Beyonce's closing show.

Continuing her amazing live dates, in August, Beyonce performed her album 4 to an intimate audience of less than 4,000 each night over four nights at New York's famed Roseland Ballroom.

In 2012, Beyonce resumed live appearances after the birth of her daughter early in the year with four sold-out shows during Memorial Day Weekend in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She also performed at the newly opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In August, Beyonce supported the United Nations in its celebration of World Humanitarian Day and its successful mission to send a billion messages of people doing good deeds all over the world. Her performance of "I Was Here" at the United Nations General Assembly was filmed for a live video. It was the first time since the 1979 Music For UNICEF Concert that the GA was used for a major musical performance.

2013 was an eventful year for Beyonce with performances for President Obama's second Inauguration and at the Super Bowl Halftime show to a TV audience of 108 million. She directed and produced "Life Is But a Dream," the documentary feature that premiered on HBO giving the network its biggest audience for a documentary in almost ten years. Beyonce kicked off the sold-out Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in Europe on April 15 and played an incredible 108 shows in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Canada and the Caribbeann, wrapping up on December 22 in Brooklyn, New York. In November she won her sixth award at MTV Europe Music Awards, this time for Best Live Act. She has now earned 22 MTV Award overall, including The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

True to form, Beyonce finished 2013 with an audacious, future-facing and exhilarating move that became the most talked about event in the music business. The unprecedented strategy was the brainchild of Beyonce, who wanted to deliver music and visual content directly to her fans. It took place just a little past Midnight on Friday, December 13 with the surprise release of BEYONCE, her fifth solo studio album and first visual album. Infused with 14 new songs and 17 visually arresting videos, the visual album was released with absolutely no advance notice nor traditional media fanfare, directly on the iTunes Store.

The album quickly shattered iTunes Store records selling 828,773 albums in just three days and moving to Number One in all 104 countries where iTunes keeps records. It was the fastest-selling album in iTunes history selling over one million copies worldwide, achieving platinum status in five days. Within seconds of its release it became the global hottest topic online, a true defining moment in popular culture.

"I didn't want to release my music the way I've done it," she states. "I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There's so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn't want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it's ready and from me to my fans."

Launched in 2014 the second sold-out The Mrs Carter Show incorporated many songs from the new album. The visual album came to life with new costumes and new choreography in an unmatched, spectacular production.

During the summer of 2014 Beyonce and Jay Z launched the six-week ON THE RUN Tour, playing major stadiums in the US. They ended the tour in Paris, France in September with two additional dates filmed for an HBO Special that aired later that month.

Beyonce started 2015 with two memorable performances, a stately rendition of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," at the GRAMMYs where she won three GRAMMYs for BEYONCE, and a roof-raising tribute to Stevie Wonder which aired just days after the GRAMMYs.

And the second half of the decade has seen total dominance by Beyonce starting with a performance at the Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016 and the debut of the song "Formation." On April, 23, 2016, her sixth studio album, Lemonade, was released, again with no advanced media. But what followed was a noise that was heard around the world. The album landed to tremendous applause from fans and critics alike praising Beyonce for her transparency and revelations in telling the stories woven in a culture as well as its colourful way musically and visually of mastering the art of storytelling. Four days later, the album came to life live on stage with the start of The Formation World Tour, a 49-city experience the crisscrossed North America and Europe. The production and staging introduced a 60-foot-tall rotating LED cube known as the Monolith. The tour ended on October 7, 2016, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Following the birth of her twins, a boy and a girl in 2017, Beyonce returned to the stage in historical fashion in April 2018, becoming the first African-American woman to headline at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the festival's 19-year run.

The jubilant set-housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully insync-was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over a year, and she paid respect to historical black college and universities (HBCUs). The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program: The Homecoming Scholars Award Program.

In the summer of 2018, Beyonce again toured with Jay Z, this time for the OTRII Tour of stadiums across Europe and North America. It was one of the biggest tours of 2018.

During a tour stop in London, on June 16, 2018, the couple surprised fans with the release of their album Everything Is Love, under their last name, The Carters.

On April 17, 2019, Netflix released "HOMECOMING: A Film by Beyonce," which became one of the platform's most-streamed entries. The film presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance. Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, "Homecoming" gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement.

Beyonce continues to excite, exhilarate and entertain her fans around the world.

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