Born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé Knowles first captured the public's eye as lead vocalist of the R&B group, Destiny's Child. She later established a solo career, becoming one of music's top-selling artists with sold-out tours and a slew of awards. She married fellow musician Jay-Z in 2008 and gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter on January 7, 2012.
"To everyone who’s all apoplectic about whether Beyoncé lip-synced, talk to me after you’ve gotten on stage in front of the President of the United States and hundreds of thousands of people to sing the National Anthem in 40 degree weather." (x)