Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is a powerhouse legacy in entertainment. Beyoncé’s career started with the 1997 girls group Destiny’s Child which consisted of herself as the lead vocalist, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams. Previously the group had Farrah Franklin, LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson, and sisters Nikki and Nina Taylor but the final and best-known lineup consisted of Knowles, Rowland, and Williams.
Signed to Columbia Records, Destiny’s Child went on to be the best-selling R&B girls group of all time with over 50 million records sold worldwide per The Vogue. Their best-selling second album, The Writing’s on the Wall, which contained the number-one singles “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name” brought the sound of R&B into the new millennium. Their last album Survivor, contained worldwide hits “Independent Women”, “Survivor” and “Bootylicious”. The group released four major studio albums and achieved four US No.1 singles. The group eventually broke up in 2004 after their last album Destiny Fulfilled, to take on solo careers.
As a soloist, Beyoncé has received an outstanding amount of success. She has released six studio albums, three compilation albums, five live albums, and one soundtrack album. As of the 63rd annual Grammy Awards presented earlier this year, she is now the most decorated female singer of all time with 28 wins and 78 total nominations per the Recording Academy.
Beyond the studio, Beyoncé has dived into multiple business endeavors by herself and with her husband, Grammy award-winning rapper Jay-Z. Together they created the music streaming service Tidal, and by herself she created the athleisure clothing line IVY Park and her charity foundation BEYGood, just to name a few.
Beyoncé has also starred in multiple acting roles including acting alongside Idris Elba in Obsessed in 2009 and the latest as Nala in The Lion King in 2019 which she also contributed to the film’s soundtrack album.
We celebrate Beyoncé as she turns 40 with 20 of her best songs.