Any single descriptor to encapsulate Beyonce feels inadequate, as Queen Bey has transcended the world of music to become one of the most celebrated figures in the world. It all started in Houston, Texas, where her father helped her form a girl group that went on to become Destiny’s Child. Destiny’s Child signed to Columbia Records in 1997 and broke out with their 1999 sophomore album The Writing’s On The Wall, which featured such megahits as “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Say My Name.” By the time Destiny Fulfilled had finished dominating the charts in 2004, Destiny’s Child had become the best-selling all-female group of all time.
Already one of the most successful musicians in the world, few could have predicted the unprecedented heights Beyonce would reach when she began her solo career. Her 2003 debut album Dangerously in Love nabbed five Grammys, setting the tone for future record-breaking releases. I Am… Sasha Fierce, released in 2008, won a record six Grammys on the strength of Song of the Year “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).” She broke new ground with her 2013 self-titled album, innovating with both the surprise nature of the album’s release and the fact that it was a “visual album,” packing in 17 videos to go with its 14 tracks. After 2016’s Lemonade, she became the first artist, male or female, ever to have her first six albums debut at No. 1. She has won 22 Grammys and the most-ever MTV Video Music Awards with 24.