The Writing’s on the Wall
Destiny‘s Child received their first hit with “No, No, No”, but it was The Writing on the Wall that made them the top girl group — selling more than 16,000,000 albums worldwide — scoring big hits “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name”.
Everyone was ‘saying Beyoncé’s name’ — as if she was ‘diva’ Diana Ross — with member changes of Destiny’s Child. But the group scored their biggest hit with “Independent Women Part 1” from the Charlie’s Angels movie soundtrack.
At the 43rd Grammy Awards, Destiny’s Child garnered six nominations, but won two Grammys. It was the beginning for Beyoncé, as she won 14 more Grammy awards throughout the years.
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Truly a ‘Survivor’, Beyoncé with Destiny’s child, released the Survivor album – titling it after all her haters and letting them know she had made it… with her girls, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, of course!
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Solo: ‘Crazy in Love’ with Beyoncé
“Crazy in Love” put Beyoncé on the map as a solo artist. But what this hit single, live performances (notably the 2003 BET Awards) and music video also introduced us to is her alter ago, Sasha Fierce.
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Beyoncé and Jay-Z
The power couple have released some big hits together – most notably “Crazy in Love”. They have reportedly been involved since 2002. Nowadays, Beyoncé credits her husband as her best friend.
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Beyoncé scored a big role with Dreamgirls as lead singer of The Dreams, Deena Jones – a Diana Ross inspired character. She received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for the film.
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Beyoncé scored her biggest hit from B’Day with “Irreplaceable”. The single spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 – also becoming the biggest hit of 2007.
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Star Spangled Beyoncé
Beyoncé performed for the president at the Neighborhood Ball in 2009. But it was performing the national anthem that was Beyoncé’s dream since childhood. She accomplished that dream at the 2004 Super Bowl.
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‘Single Ladies’ Anthem
Beyoncé scored her biggest female anthem with “Singles Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” in 2008. The music video inspired a ton of YouTube videos by fans – dancing through the famous routine.
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Beyoncé makes history
Beyoncé made history — winning six Grammys in one night, the most for a female artist to date.
The businesswoman: 2010 Forbes list
Beyoncé was the second highest-paid celebrity, according to the 2010 Forbes list. The pop icon made $87 million June 2009 to June 2010.
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Billboard’s Top Female Artist
Beyoncé ended the 2000s with many accomplishments, but with a bang – becoming Billboard’s top female artist of the decade, fourth biggest artist all together and the top radio artist. Who ran the charts? Beyoncé.
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Beyoncé visits a Harlem school
Beyoncé surprised a Harlem school – where they danced to her hit “Get me Bodied” – a part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Flash Workout” – one of the artist’s ways of giving back.
Billboard Music Awards Millennium Award
After a creative performance of “Run the World (Girls)” (elements of the performance are said to be stolen from another artist), Beyoncé accepted the Billboard Millennium Award – being honored by her family and other pop icons
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With Beyoncé’s latest album, 4, being released tomorrow, the question has been posed — is Beyoncé still running the world of pop music? Regardless of what her album sales look like, her legacy as a pop icon was cemented long ago.