Knowles, Beyoncé (Giselle) [Beyoncé ]
- Mark Anthony Neal
(b Houston, TX, Sept 4, 1981). American R&B singer and actress. She was given the name Beyoncé, her mother’s maiden name, as a tribute to her Creole heritage. Knowles began performing semi-professionally at the age of eight, in a group called Girl’s Tyme, which also featured Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Roberson. The group formed in 1990 and appeared on the television show Star Search in 1993. Beyoncé’s father, Matthew Knowles, renamed the group Destiny’s Child, adding Letoya Luckett to round out the quartet. The group signed with Columbia Records in 1997 and released their debut Destiny’s Child in 1998. The group’s follow-up recordings The Writing’s on the Wall (1999), Survivor (2001), and Destiny Fulfilled (2004) established the group as one of the most popular acts in recent years and Beyoncé, often known simply by her first name, as one of the most recognizable performers in the world....