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Singer Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z are currently riding high in their separate careers, as well as enjoying their success as one of the music industry's most beloved power couples.

Born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles began her career singing in the church choir, and - as fate would have it - later teamed up with cousin Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to form one of the hottest female R&B groups of the 90's - Destiny's Child.

beyonceWith greatest hits such as Say My Name and Survivor, the Grammy Award-winning group had sold 33 million albums worldwide by 2001.

With great success came a desire for each of the group's members to branch out on their own, but it was Knowles who received most of the attention, launched by her appearance as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember in 2002.

She continued a successful solo career with hit albums and more film roles in 2006 starring with Jamie Foxx in the long-awaited film version of the Broadway hit, Dreamgirls and in a remake of the comedy classic Pink Panther co-starring with Steve Martin.

Beyoncé's second solo album, B'day, was released on September 4, 2006- appropriately enough - on her 25th birthday.The following year, the pop diva made a huge splash on newsstands worldwide after becoming the only black female to grace the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue since Tyra Banks in 1997.

Put a ring on it

Beyoncé with new arrival,
Blue Ivy in January 2012.

As early as 2006 wedding rumors buzzed that Beyoncé and long-time boyfriend Jay-Z were finally planning to tie the knot with a lavish wedding on a Caribbean island. Both stars denied the rumors.

More stories surfaced in April 2008 that the couple applied for a marriage license pending a wedding within the month. People Magazine later reported that the couple had indeed tied the knot in a private ceremony on April 4, 2008 followed by a wedding bash in Jay-Z's Tribeca apartment in New York.

The 26-year-old Beyoncé and 38-year-old Jay-Z had been dating since 2002, though the couple have since rarely discussed their relationship with reporters before or after their reported nuptials.

In 2008, Beyoncé returned to the big screen in the role of 50's chanteuse Etta James in Cadillac Records in a bio pic of the singer and her tumultuous life and career. More notoriety came in late 2008 on the Web when her mega-hit "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" went viral on YouTube, spawning dozens of fan imitators and parodies.

Away from the recording studio, in 2010 the rumor that the singer may have been pregnant with her first child with husband Jay-Z turned to true reports a year later when the singer herself announced her pregnancy in late August 2011. She gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Blue Ivy, on January 7, 2012 in New York City.

Later that year, she announced on her blog that she had been picked to play the Super Bowl halftime show, followed shortly after with an official announcement of her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour" kicking off in Los Angeles on June 28, 2013.

In December 2013, Beyoncé had another surprise in store when she released her fifth studio album on iTunes without any prior announcement. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Beyoncé her fifth consecutive number-one album in the US, selling one million digital copies worldwide in six days.

In April 2014, Beyoncé and Jay Z officially announced their On the Run Tour, the couple's first co-headlining stadium tour together.

In February 2015 Beyoncé was nominated for six Grammy awards, ultimately winning three: Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for "Drunk in Love", and Best Surround Sound Album for Beyoncé. The following summer, "Queen Bey" was the first the first black artist and third black woman to make the cover of the coveted Vogue September issue.

More about Beyoncé around the Web: - Beyoncé
- The full MTV treatment, with news headlines, feature story articles, audio and video clips, extensive photo galleries and bio.

Yahoo! Music - Beyoncé - Check out a gallery of photos plus surf around for video clips, interviews.

HELLO! Profiles - Beyoncé Knowles - Up close and personal with the star, from the UK magazine's archived features including a small photo gallery.


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