Beyoncé Knowles was born in Houston, Texas on September 4, 1981. Her father, Mathew Knowles, managed the group Destiny’s Child and her mother, Tina Knowles (née Celestine Ann Beyincé), designed all of their glittering outfits. Beyoncé is of African-American and Creole descent. She first started singing in the church choir at St. John’s Church in downtown Houston and has been a lifelong member and contributor to the church.
Fact 1: In February 2004 Beyoncé won five Grammy awards, including Best Contemporary R&B album for “Dangerously in Love”, she took home the most awards for the 2004 show.
Fact 2: Beyoncé landed the number 7 spot in Stuff magazine for “102 Sexiest Women in the World” in 2002 and she was voted number 1 for VH1s 100 Hottest Hotties. In 2004 she was one of People Magazines “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” for most wanted lips. She also ranked #1 on E!’s 50 Steamiest Southern Stars. In 2005 she was named #17 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 Women, also in 2005 she ranked #17 in FHM magazine’s “100 Sexiest Women in the World,” special supplement.
Fact 3: Beyoncé launched a clothing line with her mother, Tina Knowles in 2005. It was named after her grandmother; they called it “House of Dereon.”
Fact 4: Beyoncé was the first female artist to reach number one position on both singles and albums chart at the same time in the United States and the United Kingdom in 2003.
Fact 5: The group Cansei der Ser Sexy, famous for their song “Music is My Hot, Hot Sex” used in an Apple commercial, took their name from a reported quote from Beyoncé in which she said that she was tired of being sexy. The meaning of Cansei de Ser Sexy literally means “tired of being sexy,” in Brazilian Portuguese.
Fact 6: Beyoncé the most awards at the 2009 ceremony, one for Best Female Artist, Best Song for “Halo”, and Best Video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”. She was also nominated for Best Live Act at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2009.
Fact 7: Beyoncé said in a television interview with Steve Jones for Beyoncé: For the Record (2009), that the music video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” was the cheapest video she made of all of her singles released because the budget was spent mostly on the single “If I Were a Boy”.
Fact 8: At the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in January 2010 she set a record for a female artist: six Grammy wins in a single year, including Song of the Year (for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”), Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (for “Halo”), Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Contemporary R&B Album (for “I Am…Sasha Fierce”).
Fact 9: Beyoncé was an Ambassador for the 2005 World Children’s Day, and released “Stand Up For Love,” the anthem for the event which takes place every year around the world on November 20th to raise awareness and the funds for children’s causes.
Fact 10: One of her greatest contributions she has made is the Survivor Foundation, which is an organization she founded with fellow Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation’s accomplishments are many, including the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival which helped over 300 low-income families enjoy a fun-filled day of food, entertainment, a visit from Santa and free toys from the toy giveaway. She also held food drives before her concerts in 2006 to collect food that was desperately needed by the victims.