From her not-so-humble beginnings as a member of Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has risen to be one of the premier R&B singers of the early 21st century. While still in her teens, Beyonce propelled to stardom in the diva group Destiny’s Child. After a series of successful albums, she took a break from the group to pursue solo ambitions with Dangerously in Love. The record sold over a million records and took her career to the next level. As time has gone on, Beyonce has separated herself from a pack of sound-alike singers with heartfelt, virtuosic, but never cloying vocal deliveries. Her marriage to rapper Jay-Z has also helped keep her in the public eye, and fostered ‘King of Rap’ ‘Queen of R&B’ comparisons. With her performance in the musical Dream Girls and a lead role in Austin Powers In Goldmember, Beyoncé has proved her versatility and obvious talents in other areas, including a fine performance as Etta James in the movie Cadillac Records.
Followers: Rihanna, Cherish, Natlia, Ciara
Influenced By: Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross
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