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Beyonce: Career and achievements

Beyonce is one of the most successful pop stars in the world Photo: Dennis Van Tine/ABACAUSA.COM
  • 4 September, 1981: Born in Houston, Texas
  • At the age of eight, joins up with five other girls to form Girl's Tyme
  • 1996: The group eventually changes their name to Destiny's Child and drops two members as they sign for Columbia Records
  • 17 February, 1998: Release self-titled debut album which sells more than a million copies
  • 27 July, 1999: Release 'The Writing's on the Wall' which sells more than 15 million copies worldwide and spawns the hits 'Say My Name', 'Jumpin' Jumpin' and 'Bills Bills Bills'
The early line-up of Destiny's Child Credit: David Westing/EMPICS Entertainment
  • December, 1999: Two of the members (LaToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson) split from the group and sue Beyonce's father Matthew
  • 2000: With two new band members (including Michelle Williams) the group releases 'Independent Women Part 1' which is still Beyonce's best-selling single ever
  • May, 2001: Releases third album 'Survivor' which sells 663,000 copies in its first week
  • Has appeared in a number of film roles including 'Austin Powers: Goldmember', 'The Pink Panther' and 'Dreamgirls'
Beyonce in 'Austin Powers: Goldmember' Credit: Zuma Press/ /EMPICS Entertainmen
  • 24 June, 2003: Releases first solo album 'Dangerously in Love' which spawns singles 'Crazy in Love', 'Baby Boy' and 'Naughty Girl'
  • 2004: Performs the national anthem at the Super Bowl
  • 2005: Destiny's Child disbands after releasing a compilation album and embarking on a final world tour
  • 2006: Destiny's Child is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 4 April, 2008: Marries hip hop star Jay-Z, the couple have one baby girl called Blue Ivy
  • Has released a number of other successful albums including 'B'Day', 'I am...Sasha Fierce' and '4'
Beyonce with husband Jay-Z Credit: Win McNamee/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment
Beyonce performs for Obama's second inauguration Credit: Win McNamee/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment