Pop icon Beyonce turns a year bolder Sunday and on this occasion it's only apt to talk about her notable contribution to the pop culture scene.

Before Beyonce made it big in Hollywood, she honed her singing talent by lending her voice to a local church choir. She went on to bag the lead singer's position in an all-girls group "Destiny's Child," and eventually rose to individual fame with albums like "Irreplaceable," "Beautiful Liar," and "Dangerously In Love." A diva through and through, Beyonce climbed the ladder of success by virtue of her voice and lyrics that struck a chord with audiences the world over.

Queen Bey is one of the most famous stars among the American musical maestros and her journey to musical royalty was never marred by failures. The gorgeous crooner kept her legacy going by taking the stage by storm every time, dropping a surprise album at some point in her career, and even serenading former president Barack Obama.

In 2009, Beyonce launched her own fragrance brand "Heat" which proved to be a commercial success. And not only that, she landed a partnership with Adidas for her athleisure clothing brand Ivy Park which emerged as a turning point in her entrepreneurial career.

And no matter what robust challenge comes her way, she never let go of her crown!

Beyonce, who boasts of being the world's best-selling recording artist, having sold over 160 million records worldwide, is ringing in her 41st birthday this year. To mark the occasion, here are some sassy quotes Beyonce has delivered in her decade-spanning career.

  • "I don't like to gamble, but if there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself."
  • "I don't have to prove anything to anyone. I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world."
  • "Don't try to lessen yourself for the world; let the world catch up to you."
  • "If you don't take the time to think about and analyze your life, you'll never realize all the dots that are all connected."
  • "I don't feel like I have to please anyone. I feel free. I feel like I'm an adult. I'm grown. I can do what I want. I can say what I want. I can retire if I want. That's why I've worked hard."
  • "When I'm not feeling my best, I ask myself, 'What are you gonna do about it?' I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me."
Beyonce, shown here attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, released a new album in July 2022