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BEYONCÉ KNOWLES (Sharon Charles/Executive Producer) is one of the most widely recognized, highly respected women in pop culture. She may be best known by the single name Beyoncé, but this artist's resume is multi-hyphenated. She is a singer, songwriter, actress, producer, philanthropist and business woman.

Destiny's Child formed in Houston, Texas, in 1990, when Beyoncé was 9-years-old. Destiny's Child earned 147 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications worldwide and is tied with the Supremes as the female R&B group to have the most albums chart in the Top 5. From 1997 until the group announced its "retirement” in 2005, Destiny's Child was honored with GRAMMY Awards®, Billboard Music Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and BET Awards. In March 2006, Destiny's Child received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2001, Beyoncé became the first African-American woman and the second woman ever to take home the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award. She toured America for the first time as a solo artist in 2004 in support of her #1 multi-platinum debut solo album, "Dangerously in Love,” which earned her five GRAMMY Awards® that year, 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® wins, Beyoncé tied the record for the most GRAMMYs® to be won in a single year by a female artist. She 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 US and the UK with both her album "Dangerously In Love” and single "Crazy In Love.”

On September 4, 2006 (September 5 in the U.S.), Beyoncé released her second solo album, "B'DAY,” to coincide with her 25th birthday. "B'DAY” closed out 2006 as one of the year's most successful albums, entering the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart at #1. On February 11, 2007, "B'DAY” won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary R&B Album, resulting in Beyoncé's 10th GRAMMY® win overall and 7th win as a solo artist. In November of that year, the American Music Awards honored Beyoncé with the International Artist Award, making her the first woman in AMA history and sixth artist overall to be recognized with the prestigious honor. In December 2007, Beyoncé was nominated for two GRAMMYs®: Record of the Year for "Irreplaceable” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for "Beautiful Liar,” her superstar duet with Shakira.

Beyoncé ‘s third studio album was released on November 18, 2008. Titled "I Am… Sasha Fierce,” the double disc provided Beyoncé the opportunity to showcase both introspective and self-reflective tracks on the soulful "I Am…” portion, as well as the vivacious, energetic personality of her alter ego on "…Sasha Fierce.” Since its release, "I Am... Sasha Fierce” has scored the #1 spot on the Billboard chart, has had three # 1 singles, and has achieved multi-platinum status worldwide. Currently sales are at 3.6M. 

Beyoncé made her acting debut in 2001 in the made-for-television production MTV's Hip Hopera: Carmen. In 2002, she co-starred opposite Mike Myers in the smash comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember which grossed approximately $215 million dollars domestically. In 2003, Beyoncé appeared with Cuba Gooding Jr. in the gospel music-inspired family film The Fighting Temptations. The soundtrack sales for the film were record breaking. In 2006, her film The Pink Panther, starring Steve Martin, became a #1 box office sensation and Beyoncé also achieved success on the sound waves, scoring a #1 single with "Check On It,” which was the title song for the film. Beyoncé next starred with Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy in the critically acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated Dreamgirls. 

"Listen,” the first single from "Dreamgirls - Music from the Motion Picture,” which she co-wrote, won the prestigious Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Song while "Dreamgirls - Music from the Motion Picture” took home the BFCA trophy for Best Soundtrack. Additionally, "Listen” was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture, and Beyoncé's performance in Dreamgirls also earned her a Golden Globe award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. In 2008, Beyoncé added another title to her resume. In Cadillac Records, she not only starred alongside Adrien Brody but she also served as executive producer on the film. This becomes the first film under her Parkwood Productions film banner. For her portrayal of R&B legend Etta James, she earned an NAACP Image Award and Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Beyoncé received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture, for the tune "Once in a Lifetime.” 

In addition to her professional career, Beyoncé has always made it her mission to give back. In 2005, Beyoncé joined Bono onstage at Greenpoint Stadium in Capetown as part of Nelson Mandela's 46664 initiative to treat and eradicate HIV/AIDS in South Africa. In addition, she works with GEMS (Girls Education and Mentoring Service) whose mission is to empower young girls who have experienced sexual exploitation and trafficking and help them get back on their feet and realize their full potential. Beyoncé doesn't just donate money to this cause, she donates her time and offers advice and support to these girls. Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, along with the Knowles family, formed the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up for the purpose of providing transitional housing for Hurricane Katrina victims and storm evacuees in the Houston, Texas, area. The Survivor Foundation extends the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston.

As a true entrepreneur, Beyoncé is always looking to expand her brand and to dice into other aspects of the business. In 2004, Beyoncé and her mother, Tina Knowles (fashion designer and stylist for Destiny's Child), formed Beyond Productions, and in 2005 they launched their first fashion collection, named House of Deréon in honor of Beyoncé's maternal grandmother, Agnez Deréon. In 2006, on the heels of the collection's success, the pair launched Deréon, a junior lifestyle collection inspired by the independent spirit of Beyoncé's younger sister, actress and singer Solange Knowles. On the heels of Deréon's success, Beyoncé and Tina recently launched a young girl's collection, Deréon Girls. To round it all up, in 2009 Beyoncé was given the honor of singing "At Last” for President Obama's first dance at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Ball. It is clear that with the success and ambition of this artist and entrepreneur, Beyoncé is bound to reach iconic status for generations to come.

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