Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is one of the greatest performers that the world has ever witnessed. This Black Music Month, we honor the superstar.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas; Bey would grow up to make a name for herself and down in music history. The soon-to-be icon first got her start in the group Girls Tyme. Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Robinson were in the group, too, and they would soon be joined by three other girls. As a performing act, Girls Tyme performed for the biggest talent show on TV at the time, "Star Search." Unfortunately, they lost the competition.
But, Bey used that loss to push her forward. She would soon form Destiny's Child with Rowland, Robinson and LeToya Luckett. As the group's members changed, Beyoncé stayed on track to fulfill her purpose of becoming a superstar. Years later, after being a part of one of the biggest girl groups of all time, Bey decided that it was time to spread her wings and fly solo. She did just that -- and soared higher than we ever imagined. And the artist isn't close to being done yet.
As a soloist Beyoncé continues to make history each and every single day in her incredible career. Her albums are Dangerously in Love, B'Day, I Am... Sasha Fierce, 4, Beyoncé and Lemonade; and each project is always better than the last. Bey has also sold out worldwide concerts and forever changed the music game with her unique, groundbreaking ways of delivering her fans exactly what they want before they even know what they desire.
In honor of the way Beyoncé has changed the course of music, this Black Music Month we're celebrating her. So, we've listed 15 of the top historic accomplishments of Queen Bey. Take a look at our picks below. Without a doubt, we know that Bey will only continue to achieve many more, for as long as she slays on this earth.
Beyoncé became the first black woman to headline Coachella in 2018.
Beyoncé has been named the highest-paid black recording artist of all time.
Beyoncé is the first artist to have her first six albums debut at No. 1.
Beyoncé is the most-nominated woman in Grammy history.
Beyoncé is the first woman to win six Grammys in one night.
Beyoncé received the highest-paid Pepsi deal ever given to any other recording artist.
Beyoncé became the first black female recording artist to cover Vogue's prestigious September issue.
Beyoncé is the first black entertainer to cover Sports Illustrated and the second black woman to, right after Tyra Banks.
Beyoncé became the first artist to be nominated in four different genres in the same year at the 2017 Grammys; Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rock Performance, and Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Beyoncé is the first female artist to chart 12 or more songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts at the same time, thanks to Lemonade.
Beyoncé is one the world's highest-paid recording musicians.
Beyoncé is the first black woman to win ASCAP's Pop Songwriter of the Year Award.
Beyoncé became the first woman to simultaneously top the U.S. and U.K. charts with her Dangerously in Love album and its "Crazy in Love" single.
Beyoncé became the first influencer valued at over $1 million per social media post.
Beyoncé has sold over 118 million solo albums, and 60 million with Destiny's Child, making her one of the highest-selling artists of all time.
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