Beyonce Knowles (1981- ) is an American pop and R&B singer who made her name as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child. She has sold over 60 million records and won ten Grammys.
Here are her number one songs to date on the American charts, both as part of Destiny’s Child and, since 2003, on her own:
- 1999: Bills, Bills, Bills
- 2000: Say My Name
- 2000: Independent Woman, Part I
- 2001: Bootylicious
- 2003: Crazy in Love
- 2003: Baby Boy
- 2006: Irreplaceable
- 2008: Single Ladies
No, “Survivor” (2001) never made it to number one. Her music since Destiny’s Child has sold much better in Britain and Black America than in White America.
Her songs are good, but they are the kind that ring in your head and then a year later you forget about them. “Irreplaceable” is the only song that rises above that.
While she is rich and famous and beautiful and has a great singing voice, many do not like her but cannot quite say why. The Black Snob says it is because, unlike Lauryn Hill, she is not being herself. Instead she presents a perfect image of herself that nobody is, not even her. She does not let us into the pain of her broken heart like great singers do.
Every radio round the world know me
‘Cause that’s where I be
I’m a, a diva, hey
Na, na, na, diva is a female version of a hustla
She has been singing and dancing since she was a little girl in Houston, Texas. When she was 12 she appeared along with Kelly Rowland as part of Girl’s Tyme on “Star Search”, a television talent show. They had practised for six months straight but came in second.
It was such a huge blow to Beyonce that her father, a Xerox salesman, stepped in and took over Girl’s Tyme to set it on course to get a recording contract. In time it would become known as Destiny’s Child (from a verse in the Bible). He was a strict taskmaster who made sure the girls practised, practised, practised. He gave up being a salesman and worked on it full-time. Kelly Rowland even moved in and lived with them.
In time he did land a contract. First a short-lived one with Elektra, then one with Columbia Records in 1996. With Wyclef Jean as their producer they became a huge crossover success.
Destiny’s Child lasted till 2005, but by 2003 Beyonce had begun to sing on her own.
She is trying to become a Hollywood star too but lacks depth and experience as an actress. She played Etta James (badly) in “Cadillac Records” (2008) and has been picked to play Angela Davis!
She is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful black women in America. She is one of the few black women who has appeared on the cover of white American Maxim. In at least one L’Oreal ad she seems strangely white looking.
Beyonce has been with rapper Jay-Z since 2002. They married in 2008.
She is part Creole on her mother’s side. Solange Knowles is her younger sister.
– Abagond, 2009.
- We All Hate On Beyonce – a blog
- Is That Really Beyonce: Black Women and Beauty
- The most beautiful black women according to white people – #2: only Halle Berry is seen as more beautiful
- The most beautiful black women according to black people – #6
- Maxim magazine
- Solange Knowles