Beyonce Knowles skyrocketed to fame as the primary voice and face of the multi-million selling, Grammy award-winning R&B group Destiny's Child. Over the course of its 10-year, four-album career, the group authored supremely catchy anthems of women's empowerment, spawning four No. 1 singles and selling over 50 million records worldwide, becoming one of the world's best-selling girl groups.

In 2003, Knowles stepped out to record a solo album. Dangerously in Love showcased Beyonce's incredible vocal style and dynamic range, featuring uptempo bangers like the ubiquitous, Rich Harrison-produced "Crazy in Love," with its showstopping guest verse from Jay-Z, and the Sean Paul-assisted "Baby Boy." The album also displayed Beyonce's comfortable way with ballads, like "Me, Myself & I" and "Dangerously in Love 2."

In 2005, at the height of the group's international fame, Destiny's Child decided to call it quits, but Beyonce scarcely missed a beat, coming back tougher than ever in 2006 with her sophomore effort, B'Day. B'Day was conceived to be a street album of sorts, employing the production talents of hip-hop scribes like Swizz Beatz and the Neptunes. Of the album's 10 tracks, six were singles. Three of those singles topped the Billboard charts, including the triple-platinum-selling kissoff "Irreplaceable," which is considered by many to be among the greatest songs of the decade.

Beyonce's third album, 2008's I Am...Sasha Fierce, yielded even more success, thanks in part to the Chris "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream produced "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," a worldwide smash that aided Knowles in winning a record five Grammys in one night. Sasha Fierce also included "Diva," which Knowles authored as a kind of ladies' answer to Lil Wayne's inescapable "A Milli." Sasha Fierce is certified platinum in nearly 20 countries.

Beyonce's talent isn't just limited to singing. Her state-of-the-art videos have gone a long way in bolstering her success. She has expanded her repertoire to include to acting as well, starting in earnest with a role in MTV's Georges Bized adaptation Carmen: A Hip Hopera and graduating to major motion picture turns in Dreamgirls, The Fighting Temptations, The Pink Panther, Cadillac Records and Obsessed. She has her own clothing line in House of Deréon, and she can regularly be seen on television endorsing Pepsi, L'Oréal and more. ~Craig Jenkins

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