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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

Beyonce  Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw Beyoncé’s theatrical film debut in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and the release of her debut album, Dangerously in Love (2003), which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles “Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”.

Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2006, she released her second solo album, B’Day (2006), which contained the top-ten hits “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable”, and “Beautiful Liar”. Beyonce also continued her acting career, with starring roles in The Pink Panther (2006), Dreamgirls (2006), and Obsessed (2009). Her marriage to rapper Jay Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the introduction of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”. Beyonce took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 (2011) was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul. Her critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyonce (2013), was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes. With the release of Lemonade (2016), Beyonce became the first artist to have their first six studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Throughout her career, she has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny’s Child, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won 22 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award’s history. She is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins. The Recording Industry Association of America recognized her as the Top Certified Artist in America during the 2000s (decade). In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and awarded her their Millennium Award in 2011.In 2014, she became the highest-paid black musician in history and was listed among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world for a second year in a row. Forbes listed her as the most powerful female in entertainment of 2015, and in 2016 she occupied the sixth place for Person of the Year.

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Following the announcement of the tour, Beyonce’s website temporarily crashed, as a result of the post-Super Bowl advertisement. After the first round of North American ticket pre-sales, a second show at New York City’s Citi Field was added to the itinerary, due to the high demand.

During the first round of the European general sale, Beyonce’s performance at Amsterdam Arena sold out within 20 minutes, prompting a waiting list to be opened and promoters attempting to organise a second show. Some Swedish fans were left unhappy due to the speeding tickets sold out for the Friends Arena date of the tour, with complaints being made about the queueing system implemented by Ticket master.

Ticket master apologised and stated “unfortunately, there were more who wanted tickets than what was available.”The UK shows were met with huge commercial success, with all tickets being sold in under 30 minutes, including 90,000 tickets at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Many fans shared their displeasure online with not being able to secure tickets, and, as is usual with in-demand concert tours, many tickets found their way onto the secondary market place with a large markup on the original price.
As a result of this, a second London show was added to the schedule, set for July 3, 2016.

After the first round of dates for the North American general sale opened to the public, an additional show was added at Chicago’s Soldier Field, due to the “overwhelming demand”. Jesse Lawrence of Forbes reported that on the secondary market, tickets for The Formation World Tour were averaging at $432 before the tickets hit the general public.

On May 5, 2016, a second wave of US dates were announced, including 7 new shows and a rescheduled date for the previously postponed Nashville show. After her performance in Minneapolis, it was announced that Beyoncé was the first female to headline a stadium show in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area, held at TCF Bank Stadium.

On February 17, 2016, Live Nation gave a press release announcing that nearly 1 million tickets had already been sold for the tour in 48 hours, including sell-outs in Miami, Las Vegas, Arlington, Pasadena, Toronto, Chicago, Foxborough, Philadelphia, New York City, Baltimore, Sunderland, London, Manchester, Dublin, Amsterdam and Stockholm.

Beyonce has received numerous awards. As a solo artist she has sold over 17 million albums in the US, and over 100 million records worldwide (a further 60 million additionally with Destiny’s Child), making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) listed Beyonce as the top certified artist of the 2000s (decade), with a total of 64 certifications. Her songs “Crazy in Love”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, “Halo”, and “Irreplaceable” are some of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide.

I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance Show in Las Vegas is a live CD/DVD by American R&B recording artist, Beyonce. It was filmed at the Encore Theater, Las Vegas by Ed Burke, on August 2, 2009, during a stint of Beyoncé’s worldwide I Am… Tour (2009–2010). It features performances of over 30 songs, including her solo material, her recordings with the girl group Destiny’s Child as well as behind-the-scenes footage. The album was made available in DVD and 2 CD/DVD deluxe format on November 23, 2009, and in Blu-ray format on December 15, 2009. It was directed by Nick Wickham and produced by Emer Patten.

In 2009, The Observer named her the Artist of the Decade and Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade. In 2010, Billboard named her in their “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” list at number 15. In 2012 VH1 ranked her third on their list of the “100 Greatest Women in Music”. Beyonce was honored with the International Artist Award at the American Music Awards. She has also received the Legend Award at the 2008 World Music Awards, the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014, and the Fashion Icon Award at the CFDA Awards in 2016.

Beyonce has won 22 Grammy Awards, both as a solo artist and member of Destiny’s Child, making her the second most honored female artist by the Grammys, behind Alison Krauss and the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history with a total of 62 nominations. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” won Song of the Year in 2010 while “Say My Name” and “Crazy in Love” had previously won Best R&B Song. Dangerously in Love, B’Day and I Am… Sasha Fierce have all won Best Contemporary R&B Album. Beyoncé set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night in 2010 when she won six awards, breaking the tie she previously held with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, and Amy Winehouse, with Adele equaling this in 2012.

Beyonce has also won 24 MTV Video Music Awards, making her the most-awarded artist in Video Music Award history. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Formation” won Video of the Year in 2009 and 2016 respectively. Beyonce tied the record set by Lady Gaga in 2010 for the most VMAs won in one night for a female artist with eight in 2016. She is also the most awarded and nominated artist in BET Award history, winning 24 awards from a total of 54 nominations.

Following her role in Dreamgirls Beyonce was nominated for Best Original Song for “Listen” and Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards, and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards. Beyonce won two awards at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2006; Best Song for “Listen” and Best Original Soundtrack for Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture. According to Fuse in 2014, Beyonce is the second most award-winning artists of all time, after Michael Jackson.

She was named on the 2016 BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List as one of seven women judged to have had the biggest impact on women’s lives over the past 70 years, alongside Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Castle, Helen Brook, Germaine Greer, Jayaben Desai and Bridget Jones.

In 2016, she was announced by WatsUp TV as the first winner of the Best International Video Category with her Formation video at the maiden edition of the WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards held in Accra, Ghana.

Beyonce and her mother introduced House of Deréon, a contemporary women’s fashion line, in 2005. The concept is inspired by three generations of women in their family, the name paying tribute to Beyoncé’s grandmother, Agnèz Deréon, a respected seamstress. According to Tina, the overall style of the line best reflects her and Beyoncé’s taste and style. Beyonce and her mother founded their family’s company Beyond Productions, which provides the licensing and brand management for House of Deréon, and its junior collection, Deréon. House of Deréon pieces were exhibited in Destiny’s Child’s shows and tours, during their Destiny Fulfilled era. The collection features sportswear, denim offerings with fur, outerwear and accessories that include handbags and footwear, and are available at department and specialty stores across the US and Canada.

In 2005, Beyonce teamed up with House of Brands, a shoe company, to produce a range of footwear for House of Deréon. In January 2008, Starwave Mobile launched Beyonce Fashion Diva, a “high-style” mobile game with a social networking component, featuring the House of Deréon collection. In July 2009, Beyonce and her mother launched a new junior apparel label, Sasha Fierce for Deréon, for back-to-school selling. The collection included sportswear, outerwear, handbags, footwear, eyewear, lingerie and jewelry. It was available at department stores including Macy’s and Dillard’s, and specialty stores Jimmy Jazz and Against All Odds. On May 27, 2010, Beyonce teamed up with clothing store C&A to launch Deréon by Beyonce at their stores in Brazil. The collection included tailored blazers with padded shoulders, little black dresses, embroidered tops and shirts and bandage dresses.

In October 2014, Beyonce signed a deal to launch an activewear line of clothing with British fashion retailer Topshop. The 50–50 venture is called Ivy Park and was launched in April 2016. The brand’s name is a nod to Beyoncé’s daughter Blue Ivy and her favourite number four (IV in roman numerals), and also references the park where she used to run in Texas.

Marriage and children
Beyonce started a relationship with Jay Z after their collaboration on “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”, which appeared on his seventh album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002). Beyonce appeared as Jay Z’s girlfriend in the music video for the song, fuelling speculation about their relationship. On April 4, 2008, Beyonce and Jay Z married without publicity. As of April 2014, the couple had sold a combined 300 million records together. They are known for their private relationship, although they have appeared to become more relaxed in recent years.

Beyonce suffered a miscarriage in 2010 or 2011, describing it as “the saddest thing” she had ever endured. She returned to the studio and wrote music in order to cope with the loss. In April 2011, Beyonceand Jay Z traveled to Paris in order to shoot the album cover for 4, and unexpectedly became pregnant in Paris. In August, the couple attended the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, at which Beyonceperformed “Love on Top” and ended the performance by revealing she was pregnant. Her appearance helped that year’s MTV Video Music Awards become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers; the announcement was listed in Guinness World Records for “most tweets per second recorded for a single event” on Twitter, receiving 8,868 tweets per second and “Beyonce pregnant” was the most Googled term the week of August 29, 2011. On January 7, 2012, Beyoncegave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. On February 1, 2017, she revealed on her Instagram account that she is expecting twins. Her announcement gained 6,335,571 “likes” within eight hours, breaking the world record for the most liked image on the website.

Beyonceperformed “America the Beautiful” at the 2009 presidential inauguration, as well as “At Last” during the first inaugural dance at the Neighborhood Ball two days later. They held a fundraiser at Jay Z’s 40/40 Club in Manhattan for Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign which raised $4 million. In the 2012 Presidential election, Beyoncevoted for Obama. She performed the American national anthem at his second inauguration. The Washington Post reported in May 2015, that Beyonceattended a major celebrity fundraiser for 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In 2013, Beyonce stated in an interview with Vogue that she considered herself to be “a modern-day feminist”. She would later align herself more publicly with the movement, sampling “We should all be feminists”, a speech delivered by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at a TEDx talk in April 2013, in her song “Flawless”, released later that year. She has also contributed to the Ban Bossy campaign, which uses television and social media to encourage leadership in girls. Following Beyoncé’s public identification as a feminist, the sexualized nature of her performances and the fact that she championed her marriage was questioned.

Beyonce publicly endorsed same sex marriage on March 26, 2013, after the Supreme Court debate on California’s Proposition 8. The singer has also condemned police brutality against black Americans. Beyonce and Jay-Z attended a rally in 2013 in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The film for her sixth album Lemonade included the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, holding pictures of their murdered sons in the video for “Freedom”. In a 2016 interview with Elle, she responded to the controversy surrounding her song “Formation” which was perceived to be critical of the police. She clarified, “I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me”.