She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of the 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 in history.
However, this was put on hold so she could concentrate on recording Destiny Fulfilled, the final studio album by Destiny's Child.
Her sixth album, Lemonade (2016), also received widespread critical acclaim, and subsequently became the best-selling album of 2016. Mary's Montessori School in Houston, where she enrolled in dance classes.
Her singing talent was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes.
The music video for "Single Ladies" has been parodied and imitated around the world, spawning the "first major dance craze" of the Internet age according to the Toronto Star.
Its failure to win the Best Female Video category, which went to American country pop singer Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me", led to Kanye West interrupting the ceremony and Beyoncé improvising a re-presentation of Swift's award during her own acceptance speech.
After seeing the group, R&B producer Arne Frager brought them to his Northern California studio and placed them in Star Search, the largest talent show on national TV at the time.
Girl's Tyme failed to win, and Beyoncé later said the song they performed was not good.
The album earned Beyoncé a then record-tying five awards at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards; Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Dangerously in Love 2", Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Crazy in Love", and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "The Closer I Get to You" with Luther Vandross.
After the release of Dangerously in Love, Beyoncé had planned to produce a follow-up album using several of the left-over tracks.
and she garnered several nominations for her portrayal of James, including a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Beyoncé starred opposite Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the thriller, Obsessed.
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).