141 Facts About Beyonce


Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

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Beyonce performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child.

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Beyonce starred in multiple films such as The Pink Panther, Dreamgirls, Obsessed, and The Lion King.

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Beyonce later achieved universal acclaim for her sonically experimental visual albums, Beyonce and Lemonade, the latter of which was the world's best-selling album of 2016 and the most acclaimed album of her career, exploring themes of infidelity and womanism.

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In 2022, Beyonce received continued acclaim for her seventh studio album, Renaissance, which experimented with disco and house music, and took inspiration from ball culture; she obtained her first solo number-one since 2008 with the album's lead single, "Break My Soul".

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Beyonce's success has led to her becoming a cultural icon and earning her the nickname "Queen Bey".

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Beyonce is one of the world's best-selling recording artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.

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Beyonce is the first solo artist to have their first seven studio albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200.

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Beyonce's accolades include 28 Grammy Awards, 26 MTV Video Music Awards, 24 NAACP Image Awards, 31 BET Awards, and 17 Soul Train Music Awards; all of which are more than any other singer.

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Beyonce Giselle Knowles was born on September 4,1981, in Houston, Texas, to Celestine "Tina" Knowles, a hairdresser and salon owner, and Mathew Knowles, a Xerox sales manager; Tina is Louisiana Creole, and Mathew is African American.

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Beyonce's younger sister, Solange Knowles, is a singer and a former backup dancer for Destiny's Child.

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Solange and Beyonce are the first sisters to have both had number one albums.

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Beyonce is considered a Creole, passed on to her by her grandparents.

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Beyonce is a descendant of Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie de Saint-Castin, a French military officer in North America who became an Abenaki chief, and Acadian militia officer Joseph Broussard, who was exiled to French Louisiana after the expulsion of the Acadians.

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Beyonce's fourth great-grandmother, Marie-Francoise Trahan, was born in 1774 in Bangor, located on Belle Ile, France.

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Beyonce researched her ancestry and discovered that she is descended from a slave owner who married his slave.

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Beyonce's mother is of distant Jewish, Spanish, Chinese and Indonesian ancestry.

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Beyonce was raised Catholic and attended St Mary's Montessori School in Houston, where she enrolled in dance classes.

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Beyonce's singing was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes.

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Beyonce attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School.

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Beyonce was a member of the choir at St John's United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years.

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When Beyonce was eight, she met LaTavia Roberson at an audition for an all-girl entertainment group.

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Beyonce experienced depression following the split with Luckett and Roberson after being publicly blamed by the media, critics, and blogs for its cause.

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Beyonce stated that she struggled to speak about her depression because Destiny's Child had just won their first Grammy Award, and she feared no one would take her seriously.

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In early 2001, while Destiny's Child was completing their third album, Beyonce landed a major role in the MTV made-for-television film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, starring alongside American actor Mekhi Phifer.

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Beyonce released "Work It Out" as the lead single from its soundtrack album which entered the top ten in the UK, Norway, and Belgium.

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Beyonce's first acting role of 2006 was in the comedy film The Pink Panther starring opposite Steve Martin, grossing $158.

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Beyonce conducted pre-concert food donation drives during six major stops in conjunction with her pastor at St John's and America's Second Harvest.

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The album formally introduces Beyonce's alter ego Sasha Fierce, conceived during the making of her 2003 single "Crazy in Love".

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Beyonce further expanded her acting career, starring as blues singer Etta James in the 2008 musical biopic Cadillac Records.

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Beyonce donated her entire salary from the film to Phoenix House, an organization of rehabilitation centers for heroin addicts around the country.

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On January 20,2009, Beyonce performed James' "At Last" at First Couple Barack and Michelle Obama's first inaugural ball.

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Beyonce starred opposite Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the thriller, Obsessed.

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Beyonce played Sharon Charles, a mother and wife whose family is threatened by her husband's stalker.

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At the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, Beyonce received ten nominations, including Album of the Year for I Am.

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Beyonce tied with Lauryn Hill for most Grammy nominations in a single year by a female artist.

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Beyonce went on to win six of those nominations, breaking a record she previously tied in 2004 for the most Grammy awards won in a single night by a female artist with six.

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In 2010, Beyonce was featured on Lady Gaga's single "Telephone" and appeared in its music video.

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Beyonce announced a hiatus from her music career in January 2010, heeding her mother's advice, "to live life, to be inspired by things again".

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In late 2011, she took the stage at New York's Roseland Ballroom for four nights of special performances: the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyonce concerts saw the performance of her 4 album to a standing room only.

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Beyonce performed the American national anthem singing along with a pre-recorded track at President Obama's second inauguration in Washington, DC The following month, Beyonce performed at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

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Beyonce embarked on The Mrs Carter Show World Tour on April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia; the tour included 132 dates that ran through to March 2014.

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On December 13,2013, Beyonce unexpectedly released her eponymous fifth studio album on the iTunes Store without any prior announcement or promotion.

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Beyonce won home three competitive awards: Best Video with a Social Message and Best Cinematography for "Pretty Hurts", as well as best collaboration for "Drunk in Love".

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Beyonce was reissued with new material in three forms: as an extended play, a box set, as well as a full platinum edition.

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Beyonce was nominated for Album of the Year, but the award went to Beck for his album Morning Phase.

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On February 6,2016, Beyonce released "Formation" and its accompanying music video exclusively on the music streaming platform Tidal; the song was made available to download for free.

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Beyonce performed "Formation" live for the first time during the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show.

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Immediately following the performance, Beyonce announced The Formation World Tour, which highlighted stops in both North America and Europe.

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Beyonce occupied the sixth place for Time magazine's 2016 Person of the Year.

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In September 2017, Beyonce collaborated with J Balvin and Willy William, to release a remix of the song "Mi Gente".

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Beyonce donated all proceeds from the song to hurricane charities for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Texas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean Islands.

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Beyonce starred as the voice of Nala in the remake The Lion King, which was released on July 19,2019.

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Beyonce is featured on the film's soundtrack, released on July 11,2019, with a remake of the song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" alongside Donald Glover, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, which was originally composed by Elton John.

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Additionally, an original song from the film by Beyonce, "Spirit", was released as the lead single from both the soundtrack and The Lion King: The Gift – a companion album released alongside the film, produced and curated by Beyonce.

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The songs were additionally produced by African producers, which Beyonce said was because "authenticity and heart were important to [her]", since the film is set in Africa.

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On June 19,2020, Beyonce released the nonprofit charity single "Black Parade".

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Beyonce received the most nominations at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards and the most awards, which made her the most-awarded singer, most-awarded female artist, and second-most-awarded artist in Grammy history.

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Beyonce wrote and recorded a song titled "Be Alive" for the biographical drama film King Richard.

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Beyonce received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song at the 94th Academy Awards for the song, alongside co-writer DIXSON.

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On June 9,2022, Beyonce removed her profile pictures across various social media platforms causing speculation that she would be releasing new music.

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Days later, Beyonce caused further speculation via her nonprofit BeyGood's Twitter account hinting at her upcoming seventh studio album.

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On June 15,2022, Beyonce officially announced her seventh studio album, titled Renaissance.

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Renaissance debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and in doing so, Beyonce became the first female artist to have her first seven studio albums debut at number one in the United States.

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Beyonce has received co-writing credits for most of her songs.

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Beyonce was the third woman to have writing credits on three number-one songs in the same year, after Carole King in 1971 and Mariah Carey in 1991.

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Beyonce is tied with American lyricist Diane Warren at third with nine songwriting credits on number-one singles.

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Beyonce was one of only three women on that list, along with Alicia Keys and Taylor Swift.

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Aged five, Beyonce attended her first ever concert where Jackson performed and she claims to have realized her purpose.

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Beyonce paid homage to Baker by performing "Deja Vu" at the 2006 Fashion Rocks concert wearing Baker's trademark mini-hula skirt embellished with fake bananas.

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In 2006, Beyonce introduced her all-female tour band Suga Mama which includes bassists, drummers, guitarists, horn players, keyboardists and percussionists.

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Beyonce has received praise for her stage presence and voice during live performances.

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Beyonce has worked with numerous directors for her music videos throughout her career, including Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Akerlund, and Jake Nava.

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However, Beyonce announced in May 2012 that she would bring her back for her Revel Presents: Beyonce Live shows later that month.

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Beyonce was named the "World's Most Beautiful Woman" by People and the "Hottest Female Singer of All Time" by Complex in 2012.

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Several wax figures of Beyonce are found at Madame Tussauds Wax Museums in major cities around the world, including New York, Washington, DC, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Hollywood and Sydney.

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Beyonce's mother co-wrote a book, published in 2002, titled Destiny's Style, an account of how fashion affected the trio's success.

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In 2007, Beyonce was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, becoming the second African American woman after Tyra Banks, and People magazine recognized Beyonce as the best-dressed celebrity.

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Beyonce has been named "Queen Bey" from publications over the years.

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In 2006, the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, criticized Beyonce for wearing and using fur in her clothing line House of Dereon.

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Beyonce has been a vocal advocate for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Beyonce appeared as Jay-Z's girlfriend in the music video for the song, fueling speculation about their relationship.

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Beyonce miscarried around 2010 or 2011, describing it as "the saddest thing" she had ever endured.

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Beyonce returned to the studio and wrote music to cope with the loss.

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Beyonce's appearance helped that year's MTV Video Music Awards become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.

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On January 7,2012, Beyonce gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

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On July 13,2017, Beyonce uploaded the first image of herself and the twins onto her Instagram account, confirming their birth date as a month prior, on June 13,2017, with the post becoming the second most liked on Instagram, behind her own pregnancy announcement.

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Beyonce wrote of her pregnancy and its aftermath in the September 2018 issue of Vogue, in which she had full control of the cover, shot at Hammerwood Park by photographer Tyler Mitchell.

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Beyonce performed "America the Beautiful" at President Barack Obama's 2009 presidential inauguration, as well as "At Last" during the first inaugural dance at the Neighborhood Ball two days later.

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Beyonce performed the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner" at his second inauguration in January 2013.

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Washington Post reported in May 2015, that Beyonce attended a major celebrity fundraiser for 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Beyonce headlined for Clinton in a concert held the weekend before Election Day the next year.

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In 2013, Beyonce stated in an interview in Vogue that she considered herself to be "a modern-day feminist".

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Beyonce's self-identification incited a circulation of opinions and debate about whether her feminism is aligned with older, more established feminist ideals.

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Beyonce has contributed to the Ban Bossy campaign, which uses TV and social media to encourage leadership in girls.

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Beyonce publicly endorsed same-sex marriage on March 26,2013, after the Supreme Court debate on California's Proposition 8.

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In February 2017, Beyonce spoke out against the withdrawal of protections for transgender students in public schools by Donald Trump's presidential administration.

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That year, Beyonce was published as the fourth most-powerful celebrity in the Forbes rankings.

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MTV estimated that by the end of 2014, Beyonce would become the highest-paid Black musician in history; this became the case in April 2014.

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In July 2017, Billboard announced that Beyonce was the highest paid musician of 2016, with an estimated total of $62.

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Beyonce's success has led to her becoming a cultural icon and earning her the nickname "Queen Bey".

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Michael Eric Dyson agrees, saying that Beyonce "changed the whole genre" and has become the "godmother" of mumble rappers, who use the staccato rap-singing cadence.

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Beyonce has been credited with reviving the album as an art form in an era dominated by singles and streaming.

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Megan Carpentier of The Guardian wrote that with Lemonade, Beyonce has "almost revived the album format" by releasing an album that can only be listened to in its entirety.

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Beyonce has received numerous awards, and is the most-awarded female artist of all time.

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In 2007, Beyonce received the International Artist of Excellence award by the American Music Awards.

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Beyonce received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and was honored as Honorary Mother of the Year at the Australian Mother of the Year Award in Barnardo's Australia for her Humanitarian Effort in the region and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Icon Award in 2016.

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Beyonce has won 28 Grammy Awards, both as a solo artist and member of Destiny's Child and The Carters, making her the most honored singer, male or female, by the Grammys.

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Beyonce is the most nominated artist in Grammy Award history with a total of 79 nominations.

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Beyonce set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night in 2010 when she won six awards, breaking the tie she previously held with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, and Amy Winehouse, with Adele equaling this in 2012.

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Beyonce has won 29 MTV Video Music Awards, making her the most-awarded artist in Video Music Award history.

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Beyonce won two awards each with The Carters and Destiny's Child making her lifetime total of 29 VMAs.

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Beyonce tied the record set by Lady Gaga in 2010 for the most VMAs won in one night for a female artist with eight in 2016.

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Beyonce is the most-awarded and nominated artist in BET Award history, winning 29 awards from a total of 60 nominations, the most-awarded person at the Soul Train Music Awards with 17 awards as a solo artist, and the most-awarded person at the NAACP Image Awards with 24 awards as a solo artist.

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Additionally, Beyonce is the most-awarded artist at the NAACP Image Awards with 22 awards, the BET Awards with 32 awards, and the Soul Train Music Awards with 21 awards.

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Beyonce won two awards at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2006; Best Song for "Listen" and Best Original Soundtrack for Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture.

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Beyonce was named on the 2016 BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Power List as one of seven women judged to have had the biggest impact on women's lives over the past 70 years, alongside Margaret Thatcher, Barbara Castle, Helen Brook, Germaine Greer, Jayaben Desai and Bridget Jones, Beyonce was named the Most Powerful Woman in Music on the same list in 2020.

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On June 16,2021, Beyonce was among several celebrities at the Pollstar Awards where she won the award of "top touring artist" of the decade.

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In 2010, Beyonce founded her own entertainment company Parkwood Entertainment which formed as an imprint based from Columbia Records, the company began as a production unit for videos and films in 2008.

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Beyonce has distributed Beyonce's albums such as her self-titled fifth studio album, Lemonade and The Carters, Everything is Love.

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Beyonce has signed other artists to Parkwood such as Chloe x Halle, who performed at Super Bowl LIII in February 2019.

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Beyonce has worked with Pepsi since 2002, and in 2004 appeared in a Gladiator-themed commercial with Britney Spears, Pink, and Enrique Iglesias.

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Nevertheless, NetBase found that Beyonce's campaign was the most talked about endorsement in April 2013, with a 70 percent positive audience response to the commercial and print ads.

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Beyonce has worked with Tommy Hilfiger for the fragrances True Star and True Star Gold; she promoted Emporio Armani's Diamonds fragrance in 2007.

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Beyonce has had deals with American Express, Nintendo DS and L'Oreal since the age of 18.

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In March 2015, Beyonce became a co-owner, with other artists, of the music streaming service Tidal.

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In November 2020, Beyonce formed a multi-year partnership with exercise equipment and media company Peloton.

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Beyonce became the fourth woman, and first Black woman, to wear the Tiffany Yellow Diamond.

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In 2005, Beyonce teamed up with House of Brands, a shoe company, to produce a range of footwear for House of Dereon.

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In October 2014, Beyonce signed a deal to launch an activewear line of clothing with British fashion retailer Topshop.

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The collection was previewed on the upcoming Elle January 2020 issue, where Beyonce is seen wearing several garments, accessories and footwear from the first collection.

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In 2007, Beyonce founded the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments, a housing complex offering living space for 43 displaced individuals.

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Beyonce became an ambassador for the 2012 World Humanitarian Day campaign donating her song "I Was Here" and its music video, shot in the UN, to the campaign.

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Beyonce took part in "Miss a Meal", a food-donation campaign, and supported Goodwill Industries through online charity auctions at Charitybuzz that support job creation throughout Europe and the US.

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Beyonce additionally donated money to support 14 students in Michigan with their college expenses.

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In December 2016, Beyonce was named the Most Charitable Celebrity of the year.

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Beyonce additionally donated $75,000 worth of new mattresses to survivors of the hurricane.

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Later that month, Beyonce released a remix of J Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente", with all of her proceeds being donated to disaster relief charities in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the US and the Caribbean after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and the Chiapas and Puebla earthquakes.

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In July 2020, Beyonce established the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund in partnership with the NAACP, which offers $10,000 grants to black-owned small businesses in need following the George Floyd protests.

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In October 2020, Beyonce released a statement that she has been working with the Feminist Coalition to assist supporters of the End Sars movement in Nigeria, including covering medical costs for injured protestors, covering legal fees for arrested protestors, and providing food, emergency shelter, transportation and telecommunication means to those in need.

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In December 2020, Beyonce donated $500,000 to help alleviate the housing crisis in the US caused by the cessation of the eviction moratorium, giving 100 $5,000 grants to individuals and families facing foreclosures and evictions.

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