Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born on Sept. 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas.
She started singing at an early age, performing in local talent shows.
Beyonce's career broke out with Destiny's Child, an all-female singing group that was managed by her father, Matthew Knowles. The group is seen here posing with the three awards they won at the 1998 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards program in 1998. Beyonce is on the far right, with the rest of the band consisting of LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Roberson and Kelly Rowland.
The band released their self-titled debut album in 1998. The album peaked at No. 67 on the Billboard 200 and No. 14 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
The band's sophomore album was 1999's "The Writing's on the Wall," which included the No. 1 hits "Bills, Bills, Bills" and "Say My Name." Beyonce can be seen here (lower center) on the album's cover.
In late 1999, Destiny's Child underwent a lineup change, with Michelle Williams, a former backup singer to Monica, and Farrah Franklin, an aspiring singer-actress, replacing Luckett and Roberson. Franklin would last only six months before being being dismissed from the band. Here Rowland, Beyonce and Williams one of two Grammys the group won at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 21, 2001.
Now a trio, Destiny's Child released their third album, "Survivor," in 2001. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, selling more than 663,000 copies in its first week sales. The first three singles, "Independent Women Part I," "Survivor" and "Bootylicious," reached the top three in the United States.
Beyonce made her acting debut in 2001 when she starred in MTV's "Carmen: A Hip Hopera." She then starred alongside Mike Myers in "Austin Powers in Goldmember" in 2002.
Beyonce released her first solo album, "Dangerously in Love," in 2003.
Her debut album won five Grammy Awards, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and spawned the No. hit singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy."
Like Beyonce, the other members of Destiny's Child went off to record solo albums before reuniting for a fourth and final album, 2004's "Destiny Fulfilled." As part of the album's promotion, the group embarked on the "Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It" tour, during which they announced their disbandment.
Beyonce (right) watches the 55th NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas, along with her Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams (left) and Kelly Rowland (center) on Feb. 19, 2006.
Beyonce released her second solo album, "B'Day" in 2006. The album included the hits "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar."
Her biggest acting role came in 2006's "Dreamgirls," where she starred alongside Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy.
After years of rumors about their relationship, Beyonce secretly married rapper Jay-Z on April 4, 2008, in New York City.
Later that year she released her third album, "I am … Sasha Fierce."
The album spawned the top-five hits "If I Were a Boy," "Halo" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," the last of which hit No. 1 and inspired countless tributes and parodies of its black-and-white tightly choreographed music video.
Beyonce performed at President Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball in 2009, where she sang Etta James' "At Last."
Beyonce and Jay-Z arrive at the 66th annual Golden Globe awards in Beverly Hills on Jan. 11, 2009.
Beyonce arrives at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb. 22, 2009
Beyonce smiles during a promotional event for Japanese fashion brand Samantha Thavasa near Tokyo on Aug. 10, 2009.
Beyonce arrives at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010.
She set a Grammy record for females at the ceremony by winning six Grammys in one night for Song Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Contemporary R&B Album. Adele would tie the mark on Feb. 12, 2012. Michael Jackson holds the overall one-night record, having won eight Grammys in 1984.
Beyonce has also dabbled in fashion. She and her mother run a clothing line called House of Dereon.
She also has her own fragrance, Heat.
Beyonce dropped her father as her manager in 2011. The partnership ended after Beyonce was criticized for performing a private concert for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in 2010.
Beyonce donated her fee from the event to victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Beyonce's most recent album, the simply titled "4," was released in 2011.
Jay-Z and Beyonce attend the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Feb. 20, 2011.
Beyonce performs during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago on May 17, 2011.
Beyonce performs in New York City's Central Park during an appearance on "Good Morning America" on July 1, 2011.
After numerous pregnancy rumors, Beyonce confirmed she and Jay-Z were expecting their first child in 2011. She showed off her baby bump at the MTV Video Music Awards, both on the red carpet and ...
... following a tightly choreographed performance of "Love on Top" during the ceremony.
Their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, was born on Jan. 7, 2012.
Beyonce arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit in New York City on May 7, 2012.
Beyonce arrives with Jay-Z for President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony on Jan. 21, 2013.
In February 2013, Beyonce performed at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at the Superdome in New Orleans, La.
Her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show included a reunion with Destiny's Child.
Beyonce arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2013.