Everybody knows her, and everyone in the music industry bows down to her. Queen Bey has been serving us grammy smashing records for almost three decades now, and she’s killed it every single time! Recognised as one of the greatest musical artists of all time, this musician is more than just an entertainer. This bootylicious songstress is a powerful, confident female icon, and she’s an avid activist too. Lucky for us, Queen Bey’s reign is just starting, so keep on reading to learn 50 astounding facts about Beyoncé.
Fact 1: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter was born on September 4, 1981.
- She is an American singer/ songwriter and actress, who was born and raised in Houston, Texas, USA.
Fact 2: She rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child.
- Destiny’s Child is one of the best-selling girl groups in history.
Fact 3: Following Destiny’s Child’s hiatus, Beyoncé released her first solo album, “Dangerously in Love” in 2003.
- The album debuted at number 1 on the US ‘Billboard 200’ chart and earned Beyoncé five Grammy Awards.
Fact 4: Throughout her career, Beyoncé has sold over 100 million records worldwide as a solo artist.
- During her time with Destiny’s Child, Queen Bey also sold 60 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
Fact 5: The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Beyoncé as the ‘Top Certified Artist in America’ during the 2000’s.
- Also, in 2009, Billboard named her the ‘Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade’ and the ‘Top Female Artist of the 2000s decade’.
Fact 6: Beyoncé has won 23 Grammy Awards over the course of her career.
- She has also received numerous awards and accolades, making her the most nominated woman in the award’s history.
Fact 7: She is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins.
- Beyoncé also bagged the ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’.
Fact 8: Queen Bey became the highest-paid black musician in history in 2014.
- She was also listed among Time’s 100 most influential people in the world for the second year in a row.
Fact 9: In 2015, Forbes ranked her as the most powerful female in entertainment on their 2015 list, and did the same for their 2017 list.
- And in 2016, Beyoncé occupied the sixth place for Time’s Person of the Year.
Fact 10: Beyoncé is the first and only musical act in Billboard chart history to debut at number one with their first six solo studio albums.
- This came with the release of her album “Lemonade”.
Fact 11: Solange and Beyoncé are the first sisters to have both had No. 1 albums.
- Queen Bey’s younger sister, Solange, was also a former backup dancer for Destiny’s Child.
Fact 12: Beyoncé’s first-ever album as a solo artist earned her 5 Grammy Awards.
- Her album was entitled “Dangerously in Love”.
Fact 13: Beyoncé has been labelled as the “Highest Paid Performer Per Minute in the World”.
- She was paid £1.25 million for a five-minute performance at a private New Year’s party in St. Bart’s in 2010.
Fact 14: Beyoncé also has her own fragrance line.
- She launched ‘heat’ in 2010.
Fact 15: Beyoncé was a star from the very beginning.
- At the tender age of 7, she had already won her first talent show by singing “Imagine” by John Lennon, beating out older contestants and earning her a standing ovation.
Fact 16: Queen Bey’s favourite number is 4.
- Why? Because her birthday is on September 4th, her mother’s birthday is January 4th, and she also married Jay-Z on April 4th.
Fact 17: Apart from belting out high notes, Beyoncé is also quite the entrepreneur.
- She started a clothing line, “House of Dereon” in 2006.
Fact 18: She was once called “Dumbo” in school because of her ears.
- As a child, she was teased because of her ears which were “larger than her head”.
Fact 19: It was Beyoncé who invented the word “Bootylicious”.
- After it became a huge phenomenon, Oxford dictionary added the same word to its list.
Fact 20: Beyoncé’s pregnancy announcement in 2011 was listed as “most tweets per second recorded for a single event” on Twitter.
- The announcement was made during her performance of “Love on Top” in 2011, and received 8868 tweets per second, earning her a Guinness World Record.
Fact 21: Beyoncé is also known to be an accomplished writer.
- In fact, she’s already received an award from the New York Association of Black Journalist.
Fact 22: In 2010, she was named the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine.
- Beyoncé was glowing more than ever after she gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy.
Fact 23: Queen Bey is a true diva with a heart of gold.
- She lends support to various NGOs like “Chime for Change”, “Girl Up”, “Elevate Network”, “International Planned Parenthood Federation”, and “Girls Inc. of Greater Houston”.
Fact 24: Beyoncé’s bodyguard once broke her toe.
- The bodyguard, who was actually protecting the star from a crowd, accidentally stepped on her toe and broke it.
Fact 25: In 2012, a species of house fly in Australia was named after Queen Bey herself.
- Bryan Lessard, research scientist who discovered the odd fly named it “Scaptia beyonceae,” the “all-time diva of flies.”
Fact 26: Apparently, Beyoncé has a record of all of her interviews.
- She keeps all the records in case someone misquotes her.
Fact 27: Beyoncé’s baby girl, Blue Ivy, is the youngest person to land on the Billboard charts.
- Just 2 days after being born, Blue Ivy’s cries were recorded on Jay-Z’s track “Glory.”
Fact 28: She wrote Destiny’s Child’s “Crazy In Love” in just two hours.
- Back in 2002, while having a major hangover, Beyoncé wrote, and completed the track for the US record producer, Rich Harrison.
Fact 29: Beyoncé suffered from depression when Luckett and Roberson left Destiny’s Child.
- Beyoncé was publicly blamed by the media, critics, and blogs for the two members’ departure.
Fact 30: In 1995, Matthew Knowles took a 50% pay cut when he left his job to manage Beyoncé.
- The move reduced Beyoncé’s family income by half, and her parents were forced to move into separate apartments.
Fact 31: The name Destiny’s Child came from a passage in the Book of Isaiah.
- Being a devout Christian, Beyoncé’s mother suggested the name when ‘Destiny’ had been taken.
Fact 32: Queen Bey’s 2007 tour ‘The Beyonce Experience’ earned more than $24 million.
- Moreover, the Queen of Pop visited a whopping 97 venues for the tour
Fact 33: Beyoncé only had one boyfriend before Jay Z.
- Her relationship with her former flame started when she was just 13, and ended when she was 17 years old.
Fact 34: Beyonce’s alter ego is called ‘Sasha Fierce’.
- Beyonce said she created ‘Sasha Fierce’ to keep her sexy, aggressive, provocative stage persona separate from who she really is.
Fact 35: Kelly Rowland made the announcement about Destiny’s Child splitting up.
- On June 11, 2005, during the last stop of their European tour in Barcelona, Kelly Rowland announced that Destiny’s Child would disband.
Fact 36: Beyonce has performed for the Obamas twice.
- This doesn’t come as a surprise since Michelle Obama and Beyoncé have been best friends since the Inauguration Ball in 2008.
Fact 37: Beyoncé broke the 20-year cycle of ‘no solo female acts headlining at the Glastonbury Festival’ in 2011.
- Queen Bey took to the main stage at Glastonbury and sang some of her own songs and some song from Destiny’s Child.
Fact 38: Beyoncé’s 2013 Super Bowl performance prompted 268,000 tweets per minute.
- It currently holds the position for the second most tweeted about moment in history.
Fact 39: A total of 80 songs were recorded for Queen Bey’s 2013 album.
- Although not all tracks made it to the album. Beyoncé said she was ‘attracted to the more effortless tracks for the final cut’.
Fact 40: ‘Halo’ is the song that has spent the longest time on the ‘Hot 100’ charts in Beyoncé’s career.
- The song was one of the tracks recorded for her third studio album, ‘I Am… Sasha Fierce’ in 2008.
Fact 41: In 1993, a 12-year-old Beyoncé joined “Star Search”.
- She entered the biggest talent show on TV at the time as a member of the band “Girl Tyme”.
Fact 42: Destiny’s Child’s “The Writing’s On The Wall” sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
- It was one of the top-selling albums of 2000.
Fact 43: Destiny’s Child has sold more than 60 million records worldwide to date.
- They currently hold the 9th spot for the most successful artist/band from the 2000’s.
Fact 44: In 2013, Beyonce criticised H&M for airbrushing a photo of her.
- Beyonce asked that ‘only natural images were used, rather than any that have been retouched’.
Fact 45: The name ‘Beyoncé’ comes from the songstress’ maternal grandfather.
- Tina Knowles’ (Beyoncé’s mother) father was Lumis Albert Beyincé and Tina’s maiden name is ‘Beyincé.
Fact 46: Beyoncé always has Jay Z listen to her tracks first.
- Jay Z is a rapper, producer and he’s a recording executive.
Fact 47: In 2013, Beyoncé released her own documentary ‘Life Is But A Dream,’ which she produced and directed.
- The autobiographical documentary gave an insight into the star’s personal and professional life, showcasing just how much control she has over her own music and shows.
Fact 48: Beyoncé married Jay-Z on On April 4, 2008.
- She publicly revealed their marriage in a video montage at the listening party for her third studio album, “I Am… Sasha Fierce”, in Manhattan’s Sony Club on October 22, 2008.
Fact 49: One of Queen Bey’s major influences was the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
- When she was just 5 years old, Beyoncé attended her first-ever concert where Jackson performed, where she claimed to have realised her calling in life.
Fact 50: Beyoncé has her own all-female tour band called “Suga Mama”.
- Her background singers were also females. “The Mamas” consist of Montina Cooper-Donnell, Crystal Collins and Tiffany Moniqué Riddick.