Beyoncé was born in 1981 in Houston Texas, to parents of African-American and Creole descent, Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles, respectively.
Beyoncé’s solo career began in 2002 upon co-starring in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember. For the film’s soundtrack, she recorded and released her first solo single, Work It Out. In 2003, she also co-starred along with actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in The Fighting Temptations, a dramatic comedy.
On June 22, 2003, Beyoncé’s released her first solo studio album titled Dangerously In Love . The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales exceeding 300,000 copies.
While her record label did not predict any potential hits from the project, they were proved wrong by the critical and commerical success of Crazy In Love, Baby Boy, Me, Myself and I, and Naughty Girl. “Crazy In Love” and “Baby Boy” reached the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 while “Me, Myself and I” and “Naughty Girl” peaked at numbers four and three, respectively.
Subsequently, Beyoncé won several awards at the 46th Grammy Awards including Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Dangerously in Love 2”, Best R&B Song, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.