With stunning looks, a glamorous style and pop-star status, it was inevitable that this diva would eventually try her hand at acting. And while she's fared pretty well, it remains to be seen whether Knowles can actually act or just play characters that also sing. After topping the charts as part of the award-winning R&B trio Destiny's Child, she struck out on her own and scored a string of solo hits, often collaborating with rapper boyfriend Jay-Z, who became her husband in 2008. She made her acting debut on the small screen in Carmen: A Hip Hopera and quickly moved on to features with spirited turns in the comedies Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Pink Panther. But the diamond in her tiara was winning the lead in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the musical Dreamgirls, which earned her a Golden Globe nod. In 2008, she took on the role of Etta James in Cadillac Records and earned some of the best film reviews of her career. However, her major accolades have been reserved for her work in music, and she made Grammy history in January 2010 when she became the first female artist to win six Grammys in one evening.
Began performing at age 7.
Performed on Star Search in the early 1990s with the group Girls Tyme (which eventually became Destiny's Child) and received only three out of five stars.
Has referred to Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland as her "cousin" in interviews since Kelly lived with the Knowles family in Houston as an adolescent.
Replaced Britney Spears as Pepsi spokeswoman in 2002.
Launched clothing line House of Deréon with her mother in July 2005 in memory of her late grandmother.
Became the first nonsupermodel or nonathlete to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue in 2007.
Sang "At Last" for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance on inauguration night 2009.
With her six Grammy award nominations in 2014, putting her at 53 nominations total, became the most-nominated female artist in Grammy history.
2001, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
2003, Grammy — Best Contemporary R&B Album: Winner
2003, Grammy — Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals: Winner
2007, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
2006, Grammy — Best Contemporary R&B Album: Winner
2003, Grammy — Best R&B Song: Winner
2003, Grammy — Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Winner
2009, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee