Friday, May 25, 2007

Beyoncé Knowles: Snapshot

As a precocious kid, Beyoncé Knowles found her voice with girl group Destiny's Child. Shaped by Beyoncé's manager father Mathew and stylist mother Tina, the stylish R&B quartet launched onto the Billboard charts with 1998's remix of "No, No, No." Four No. 1 hits later, DC lost three members, turned into a Grammy-toting trio, and became one of the biggest girl groups in music history.

In 2003, Beyoncé parted from the girls (temporarily) to release her critically-acclaimed debut album, Dangerously in Love. This time, the growing songstress distanced herself from her manager father and won six more Grammys. In 2006, she released her chart-topping follow-up B'Day, which she later re-released in Spanish, collaborating with Latin pop star Shakira.

Beyoncé, who continues to make music with rap mogul and main squeeze Jay-Z, also designs clothes with her mother and has expanded her acting resumé as Deena Jones in the sparkling musical Dreamgirls. For the svelte role, the bootylicious singer lost 20 lbs. but immediately put the weight back on before gracing the cover of 2007's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and earning a Golden Globe nod for Best Actress.

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