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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, 4 September 1981, Houston, Texas, USA. Knowles made her initial impact on the international music scene as the leader of the hugely successful urban group Destinys Child, before launching an equally impressive solo career in 2003 with an international chart-topping single and a bestselling debut album.
Knowles first began performing with Destinys Child when she was only 10 years old, and during the late 90s and early years of the new millennium gradually established herself as a leading performing and songwriting force on the urban scene. She became the first African-American female artist to win the annual ASCAP Pop Songwriter Of The Year Award. Following the release of 2001s Survivor, the three members of Destinys Child elected to take a break from the group to concentrate on solo projects. Knowles made her first foray into acting with an appearance in the MTV drama Carmen: A Hip...