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.