Beyonce Knowles (born September 4, 1981) is a popular American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and fashion designer. She sometimes performs under the stage name BeyoncĂ©. Knowles rose to stardom as the founding member and lead singer of R&B supergroup Destiny's Child; the biggest selling all-female group in history. After a series of commercially successful records with the group, Knowles released her debut solo album, 2003's Dangerously in Love, which spawned the highly successful hit song "Crazy in Love", and topped both the R&B and Billboard 200 charts in the U.S., and the main album charts in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Knowles has won nine Grammy Awards - six for her solo work, and three as a member of Destiny's Child. She has a successful film career, having co-starred in Austin Powers in Goldmember, one of the highest grossing films of 2002, and having worked with Oscar-winning actors in each of her theatrical films.