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Beyonce’s Destiny

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Thorough bio of Beyonce in light of her Grammy success as both recipient (five awards) and performer (opening uptempo blast with Prince, dramatic solo performance of ballad “Dangerously In Love”):

    “‘It girl’ is overused,” Essence Magazine arts and entertainment editor Cori Murray says. “But she has it: vocal talent, a gifted songwriter and performer, sexy and sassy, plus a humble spirit.”

    With five Destiny’s Child albums, her successful solo project, movie roles in “Austin Powers: Goldmember” and “The Fighting Temptations” and a slew of high-profile endorsement deals, she’s clearly on her way to super-stardom.

    ….She launched her singing career with Houston-based Destiny’s Child when she and girlfriend LaTavia Roberson teamed up in 1990, taking the group’s name from a passage in the Book of Isaiah. The duo became a trio in 1992 when Kelly Rowland (news) joined; a year later, LeToya Luckett signed on. In 1997, the group inked a deal with Columbia Records.

    Since the 1998 release of its self-titled debut, the group has enjoyed an enviable spate of chart and sales success, including its first No. 1 R&B hit, “No, No, No Part 2.”

    In 2000, “Say My Name,” spun off from the group’s 1999, eight-times platinum sophomore set, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” captured two Grammys.

    ….In October 2000, the group spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 with the smash “Independent Women Part 1″ from the “Charlie’s Angels” soundtrack.

    In 2001, on the group’s third album — the four-times platinum “Survivor” — Beyonce took a more hands-on approach in writing and producing the material on the set, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The title track won Destiny’s Child another Grammy.

    Destiny’s Child’s albums have sold 11.8 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    ….In July 2003, Beyonce released her debut solo album, “Dangerously in Love,” which also debuted at No. 1.

    The album’s first two singles took up residence in the penthouse of the Hot 100: “Crazy in Love,” featuring Jay-Z, spent eight weeks at No. 1, while “Baby Boy,” featuring Sean Paul, logged nine weeks in the top slot. Current single “Me, Myself & I” is now No. 4.

    …. Beyonce’s image ensures the offers will keep coming. Although she has a bit of an edge through her secretive relationship with boyfriend rapper Jay-Z, she has been able to avoid scandalous headlines.

    Beyonce’s positive image was key in the Hilfiger deal, according to THT executive director Robin Mason.

    “We absolutely love that she’s scandal-free. Being part of Estee Lauder and Tommy Hilfiger, it’s all about that good, clean, American fun. She’s able to pull that off,” he says.

    A slew of sponsors have signed on for Beyonce’s upcoming Ladies First tour with Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott, including key sponsor Verizon. [Billboard]

All of that is swell, but would any of this be happening is she was less attractive? In other words, while I do not doubt her talents, is she an exceptionally beautiful woman who happens to be a good singer and dancer or is she an outstanding singer/dancer/entertainer who happens to be beautiful? Time will tell, but she has made all the right moves so far.

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  • http://it'syourfanclub!!! nuptya

    I’m proud of you
    and i’m happy for you!!!

  • Torian

    Beyone I love u so much your is is out of this world and your beauty has no words to describe it.Please if u could could email me its cooltigerz@aol.com

  • Neo

    Hi Beyonce,im a South african lady aged 22 and i jst wanna let u knw dat u ar my secret admirer. I love u so much and i wish culd be just like u. U look sweet & Loving. ‘N i like the way u dress. I wish i culd meet u sumday.

    Pls write to me:llikoetla@yahoo.com.
    I love u tons. mcwah!
    U ar wished lots of luck in all dat u do!

  • sarah martin

    hey beyonce i love ur music so much
    i think ur the coolest singer ever
    plz reply back
    thanks lots sarah

  • sarah martin

    Hey wats up beyonce

    U rock the whole world, best of luck for the future
    plz reply back to me
    my addy [email edited]

  • Tania Merida

    Hi Beyonce.I think you are really pretty.I think you are even prettier then Jennifer Lopez.I really love your song crazy in love.Please call me to 760-356-2739.You dont have to mark 760.Please can you reply back.

    BEYONCE YOU ROCK!!!!!

  • Tania Merida

    Beyonce you and Jay-Z ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gabbz

    OMG BEYONCE OR DA BOMB I WISH I COULD MET U SUMDAY I THINK THAT WOUD BE MY DREAM I WISH I COULD ALSO INTERVIEW U FOR MY CLASS PROJECT UR MY INSPERATION THANKS BEYONCE LOVE YA LOTS

  • sharnaye

    Beyonce,
    i love you so much. I think that you are so pretty. i wear a dogtag w/ your face 2 show that i’m a Beyonce fan and i back you up 2 the fullest. I let it be known whereeva i go that i am a true Beyonce fan. i hope that i can meet you someday. Oh yeah you and Jay-z make the cutest couple and I wish you the best of luck in your career and with your personal life I also admire how you keep the media out of you business and i know that you aren’t in a relationship just for the extra attention like other celebrities. p.s. dont worry about what peoplke say or even the media because you’ll know that yaou will always have someone that loves you.

  • marleeshia

    i am not sorry to say at all, but i personall y don’t like the steroid, big booty bitch myself. she’s all about her, herself, and her. i can stand it when groups have to have a person who has to stick out. always have the better hair-do, the better outfit, and why must she recieve all the attention. it’s a group. it’s called Destiny’s Child, not beyonce and her back up singers. if i was Michelle or Kelly, who by the way is the best singer than Beyonce, but has not had her time to shine, because Beyonce and her big butt hogs all the spotlight, anyway, if i were them i would gladly go solo. i would get up with some major producers like Missy Elliot, or the Neptunes and blow beyonce right off of Jay Z’s D@$#!!! i will say she is a great entertainer but i must say, she needs to realize when she’s solo, she’s beyonce, when she’s with the group she’s a member, not lead singer, not superstar, but a MEMBER of Destiny’s Child. i don’t care how well she can oh-oh her but or sing or whatever, but this is just a prime example of why groups of this time never make it. Always have to have a person out front, where are groups like TLC or Envouge, where everybody had a part and showed their talent. and you can’t say Destiny Child does, becuase Destiny Fulfilled was the very first able where all members got an opportunity to sing, although beyonce sings both background and does all the ad-libing. anyway, i know this is not the last we’ll hear of them. all this last album stuff is a publicity stunt to sell albums and sellout their concerts, give them two years, maybe one, and they’ll be out with a reunion tour!! Bull!

  • B

    this is to marleeshia i just wanna say who the hell are u to talk about such a talented and beautiful woman like beyonce. If u dnt like her, dnt listen to her music, dnt watch her or tv u dnt have to no ones making u and im sure she wouldnt be bothered!….although u have got a point about her always being head singer and having all the nice clothes i do think its un fair on michelle and kelly! its fine to talk about that but theres no need to get personal about beyonce and the way she looks. shes a real woman wit her curves and shes happy with herself, shes just doing her thing and getting on wit life.! theres no need for all this hate! i mean i dnt like mariah carey, ashanti or christina agulaira, i think they are all over rated, but i wouldnt get all personal about them, i just dnt watch them!……….BEYONCE YOUR AMAZING I LOVE U KEEP DOING YOUR THING :-) x x x

  • vee dawg

    i would probably say beyonce has grown up a bit since destiny’s child first got big. i don’t know her personally but from what i’ve seen she doesn’t seem conceited and in fact has probably been on the insecure side in the past but she seems like a person with a genuine heart and she has worked hard to get where she is. even though i have noticed she gets the most singing in the songs she also does most of the work where as writing the songs is concerned. and sometimes it is the media who bigs her up more than the rest of the members. back in the day, groups like the supremes and earth, wind and fire had a lead singer and there was no malicious gossip and hateration, at least not like there is these days. personally, i don’t have a favorite destiny’s child member, i like all three of them, but if i did, i’d say my favorite member would probably be kelly, but i don’t have a problem with beyonce, she’s all right.

  • Vee Dawg

    oh yeah, and it’s good that society is embracing someone that is not a size 0, and when they started saying beyonce was fat and all that bullsh*t, you didn’t see her go starving herself like an idiot (i.e. hilary duff, nicole richie). and also, she is quite intelligent.

  • Carmen

    Personally, I like all of the members of Destiny’s Child. They are beautiful and very humble. However, I DO think Kelly and Michelle tends to get left out of the spotlight. Beyonce’s on top of her game, but I wonder if it all boils back to the lightskinned vs. darkskinned episode from back in the day. I don’t see the “Austin Powers” gang trying to holla at Kelly & Michelle. It’s really not my place to worry about it…I have other areas to focus on in my life, and if Kelly & Michelle aren’t trippin’ over it then why should we? Kelly is soon to marry a fine football player from the Dallas Cowboys, and Michelle’s working on her gospel career and relationship with God…I even hear she’s starting a youth camp for girls and opening a Day Spa. These girls will soon shine just the way they want. Let’s stay focused on what’s real and stay away from America’s Stardom “hype”! I’m out.
    Y’all stay up!

    Carmen
    Dallas, Texas

  • http://16 T-lady

    hey beyonce i’m your biggest fan i love u somuch i know where u were born i know what you did when u were a kid i mostly know everything my aunt went to school with ms tina they were best friends (kinda) ur momma called my aunt when she was pregent with you i wish i was there i need you tocontact me at[Deleted. Bad idea. Comments Editor] please and thank-u

  • http://me t-lady

    oh i 4-got here is my e-mail bee it’s [Deleted for your protection. Bad idea. Comments Editor] thanks and please write me i would love i will tell my aunt it will mean alot to me i’m 16 and my birthday is about to come up so can you please write me or call or maybe stop by and wish me luck beacue i’m going out into the real world after i get my party on so please make a effort to come by and chill or whatever it would make my day

  • Jerrell Johnson

    Beyonce you look cute on tv I’m not like your age but i was hoping to see one time but i got to go call me my number is 757 726 0356 i live in Hampton Virginia

  • H-town girl

    I would like to see Kelly shine more because I do believe she is talented. But see Kelly must realize one thing and that is she is not Tina and Matthew’s “daughter”. They are not going to help catapult her career as they have done for Beyonce. I really do believe that Kelly needs to branch out on her on, and make it for herself without any hard feelings. She is beautiful, and she should not be overshadowed with Beyonce’s career. Kelly don’t be like Solange (no career) Girl SHINE, YOU GOT IT!!!!!!!!!

  • Beyonce?Kev

    ALL I REALL WANT TO SAY, IS THAT BEYONCE IS THE SHIT. AND SHE WILL ALWAYS CAME FIRST IN MY HEART. CAUSE SHE IS SO SEXXY. HER BODY IS CRAZY, AND SHE CAN SING SO GOOD. I ALWAYS FEEL HER WHEN SHE SINGS. SHE IS THE BEST OF ANY GIRL THAT IS OUT THERE. AND PEOPLE KNOW THAT TOO. THATS Y PEOPLE TALK BAD ABOUT HER. BETWEEN ME AND U BEYONCE.( I LOVE U ) I WOULD LOVE TO HUG U. PLEASE CAN U MAKE THAT CAME TRUE. IN LIVE THE BRONX. IAM 20. BYE SEXXY. NUMBER 1 GIRL ON MY LIST. BYE BEYONCE

  • Alexandria King

    Hi Beyonce i just wanted to teel you how much i love your music. And tell Kelly and Michelle that i hope they have much success in there career ( without the group) and that i will be buying all you lovelly young women cds.

    LOVE alexandria king
    a real dallas texan girl

  • http://Every1lovesme Beyonce

    hey every1!!!!i know most of u should be HATIN on me by now but its not my fault i am famous!!!! so girls out there h8tin on me……..GO GET A LIFE!!!!!

  • http://.. Sally

    I’m a girl on 11 and i’m the biggest fan of beyonce,, I really love her and her songs she’s the best ,, If beyonce coud email me,, everything coud be so cool,, this is my only wish . And i’m dead serious <3 My email is

  • kanjada

    Hey beyonce everyone says there your biggist fan…so im gonna get strait to the point im doing a interview in english at divisadero middle school…and i wanted to know if i could interview you??? [Personal contact info deleted]

    k thanks!…

    your coolist fan kanjada johnson

  • sugababe

    hi beyonce
    i am your biggest fan. I know probaly loads of people say that but i am. I have got all your albums and most of your destiny child albums. I will suport u all da way and girl i fink u have a gr8 voice and u r so amazing. When r u coming 2 sheffield gir?
    Luv Sugababexxxxx

  • sugababe

    i mean girl!

  • http://jadaj kanjada

    hi beyonce its me kanjada johnson I wrote to you in 2006 about an interview and if i read what i wrote i probibly wouldent write back either i am now living in sacramento i go to rio americano high school you have done a realy nice job this year entertianing all of us me and sisters my siaters are 7 and 4 and i got your new b-day album i got to listin to for about a day and they boyh just took it over well i realy injoy wrighting to you but i have to help my father one of your coolist fans

    JADA J