Beyoncé turned 34 Friday, giving cause for celebration to fans across the world. The singer of such hits as "Irreplaceable" and "Single Ladies" has been a professional performer for more than 20 years.
Born and raised in Houston, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles got her start in local talent shows. Her big break came singing with Girl's Tyme, an all-girl pop/R&B group that would later change its name to Destiny's Child and sign with Columbia Records in 1996.
Destiny's Child won several awards, scoring major hits with songs like "Bootylicious" and "Jumpin', Jumpin' " and winning two Grammys in 2001 for "Say My Name," a song Beyoncé co-wrote.
I hate when people try to discredit Beyoncé as a vocalist! That's pure trash & delusion pic.twitter.com/U8p9s8nRE8
— TC (@SongwriterTC) September 3, 2015
Beyoncé began performing in movies in 2001 and acted alongside Mike Myers in 2002's "Austin Powers in Goldmember." She went on to star in the award-winning "Dreamgirls," the film adaptation of the Broadway musical based loosely on the story of the Supremes.
The star made her solo music debut in 2003 with the album "Dangerously in Love," which sold 317,000 copies in its first week. Queen Bey has gone on to release four more studio albums.
— Harper's Bazaar (@harpersbazaarus) September 1, 2015
Beyoncé and rapper and hip-hop mogul Jay Z married in 2008 after dating for six years, and the couple have a 3-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
Top 4 pop queen mothers: • Beyoncé • Shakira • Pink • Britney pic.twitter.com/0EoBdYwjZA
— Music's Rebellion (@MusicsRebellion) September 3, 2015
"Your self-worth is determined by you," the star once famously said, adding, "You don't have to depend on someone else to tell you who you are." So raise a glass to the flawless Beyoncé!