With 23 Grammy wins and a sales record of over 100 million albums worldwide, Beyoncé is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in the history of pop music. Here's a look at some of the highlights from Queen Bey's life and illustrious career.
'Black Is King,' 'Homecoming' and More: How to Watch Every Beyoncé Film Streaming Right Now
From 'Lemonade' to 'Life Is But a Dream' and everything in between.So, as the singer-songwriter-dancer-actor-director-icon blesses us with yet another body of work, there's no better time to highlight Queen Bey, the filmmaker, with a look back at what she's already helmed -- from visual albums to concert films and documentaries -- and how you can watch each.
Black Is King is a 2020 American musical film and visual album directed , written and executive produced by American singer-songwriter Beyoncé .
Beyoncé ’ s visual album Black Is King , which was released on Disney+ on Friday, was arguably the greatest fashion moment of the year — from the custom leopard print jumpsuit courtesy of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli to a cow-print corset made especially for the occasion by Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci.
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on Sept. 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, U.S., to Tina and Matthew Knowles.
While still in high school, she formed an all-girl band called Girl’s Tyme with Kelly Rowland (2nd R), LaTavia Roberson (R) and LeToya Luckett (L). It was later renamed Destiny’s Child in 1997 when they signed with Columbia Records.
Destiny’s Child went on to become one of the most popular R&B groups of the time. Some of their hit numbers included “No, No, No,” “Bug a Boo,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” and “Say My Name.”
Beyonce's visual album Black Is King has arrived
Beyoncé has unleashed her visual album and film 'Black Is King' on Disney+.The 'Crazy in Love' hitmaker has dropped the extensive project based on the soundtrack LP ('The Lion King: The Gift') she produced for the 2019 remake of 'The Lion King' - in which she voiced Nala - via Disney+.
Beyoncé in Black Is King . Photograph: Travis Matthews. Exhibit A would be her outstanding Lemonade visual album of 2016 (as with all her work, she is credited as co - director ). The film fused an array of influences – from Yoruba mythology to civil rights history and Afrofuturism – into a lush
Scenes from Beyoncé ' s " Black is King ." Disney+. 3. Jay-Z makes a memorable entrance rolling up in the backseat of a black convertible, kicking back with his legs behind the driver’s head — as one 8. At the end of the film , we find out that “ Black Is King ” is dedicated to Beyoncé ’ s 3-year-old son
In 1999, Roberson and Luckett left the band following allegations that Matthew Knowles (C), who managed the band, kept a disproportionate share of the band's profit and favored his daughter and his niece (Rowland). They were replaced by Michelle Williams (2nd L) and Farrah Franklin, although Franklin left the group five months after being inducted. The trio then went on to become one of the best-selling female groups of all time.
Basking in her success, Beyoncé embarked on her solo career in 2001. She landed her first film, playing the title role in “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” (2001).
She was next seen in the comedy film “Austin Powers in Goldmember” (pictured, 2002), alongside Mike Myers (R) and Seth Green.
Beyoncé's 3 Children Make Scene-Stealing Cameos in 'Black Is King'
The singer dedicated her new visual album to her and JAY-Z's son, Sir Carter."Dedicated to my son, Sir Carter," the message reads. "And to all our sons and daughters, the sun and the moon sow for you. You are the keys to the kingdom.
Beyoncé has bestowed another gift on the world in the form of a breathtakingly beautiful visual The film is dedicated to Beyoncé ' s son Sir Carter, and the following message can be read during the Black Is King was co - directed by Kwasi Fordjour, creative director at Beyoncé ' s own company
Beyoncé released the musical film , which she directed , wrote and executive-produced as well as performed in, on Friday (July 31) on Disney+ and Adele is The singer shared a photo of herself on Instagram which shows her, complete with a long, curly hairstyle, kneeling in front of her wall-mounted
In addition to her acting career, Beyoncé released her debut solo album, “Dangerously in Love,” in 2003. A massive success, the album won a total of five Grammy Awards.
Destiny’s Child released its last studio album, “Destiny Fulfilled,” in 2004, before disbanding the next year. They also released their greatest-hits compilation album called “#1’s” in 2005, which included hits such as “Independent Woman Part 1,” “Say My Name” and “Lose My Breath.”
In 2006, Beyoncé released her second solo album “B’Day” to coincide with her 25th birthday. It spawned several hits such as “Ring the Alarm,” “Green Light” and “Déjà Vu” featuring JAY-Z.
The star then played a pop star in the Steve Martin (C) film “The Pink Panther” (2006).
Who's that girl? Madonna's daughter Lourdes, all grown up
Who's that girl? Madonna's daughter Lourdes, all grown up
Exclusive to Disney Plus. Black Is King ( Beyoncé ). The intriguing ambiguity suffusing “Harmonium” returns to a certain degree in “A Girl Missing,” but this time the writer- director neglects to reinforce onscreen relationships, resulting in a disappointing and unmoving drama of how a good woman’ s life
Beyoncé Knowles’ latest project, “ Black Is King ,” could double as a delayed response to such nonsense. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb' s opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual.
The biggest highlight of Beyoncé’s acting career was the musical drama film “Dreamgirls” (pictured, 2006), earning her a Golden Globe nomination. She played the role of Deena Jones, which was based on legendary singer Diana Ross.
She went on her first world tour in April 2007. Called "Beyoncé Experience," the concert visited 97 venues around the world.
That same year, she re-released her “B’Day” album with some new songs. This deluxe version featured a duet with Shakira (L), called “Beautiful Liar.”
In April 2008, she married rapper JAY-Z. She revealed the news of her wedding via a video montage at the listening party for her third studio album, “I Am... Sasha Fierce.” The couple has three children – daughter Blue Ivy Carter (b. 2012, pictured) and twins Rumi and Sir Carter (b. 2017).
She released her third album (“I Am... Sasha Fierce”) in November 2008. Some of its biggest singles were “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” “If I Were a Boy” and “Halo.”
Memorable 'The Real World' Stars: Where Are They Now?
When The Real World launched on MTV in 1992, the tagline was simple: “This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped — to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.” Now, 33 seasons later, that’s still happening and breaking barriers along the way. “We believed that if we bring different kinds of people together, after all the drama and the shouting, they will find they have more in common than not,” cocreator Jonathan Murray told the Los Angeles Times in 2017 — and that’s exactly what happened, as conversations of race, sexuality, culture, religion and politics naturally unfolded in front of the cameras. The hit reality show also resulted in multiple spinoffs. In 1995, Road Rules debuted, in the same vein of The Real World but instead of living in a house, the cast traveled around the country in an RV. In 2002, MTV released a made-for-TV movie, The Real World Movie: The Lost Season. In 2008, the Real World Awards Bash aired. Of course, the largest spinoff came in the form of The Challenge, which launched in 1998 and included past castmates competing against each other. The production company also went on to produce Pedro, a 2008 film that dramatized the life of Pedro Zamora, a gay, HIV-positive contestant on The Real World: San Francisco in 1994. Pedro died on November 11, 1994, hours after the finale of his season aired.
The video of “Single Ladies” became a worldwide sensation due to its exquisite choreography. It won several accolades, including the 2009 Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The star returned to the big screen with the musical biopic “Cadillac Records” (2008), starring as R&B legend Etta James. Her performance was well-received and she earned several award nominations.
She earned 10 nominations at the 2010 Grammy Awards and ended up winning six, a record for the most wins by a female artist on a single night. To date, the record has only been matched by Adele in 2012.
The star forayed into other ventures with the launch of her first official fragrance – Heat – in 2010. She has since launched other fragrances such as Heat Rush and Pulse.
On June 28, 2011, Beyoncé released her fourth studio album “4.” It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and featured singles such as “Love on Top,” “Party,” “Countdown” and “End of Time.” At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the single "Love on Top" won the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
Her performance at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, held on Feb. 3, 2013, has the distinction of being one of the most tweeted moments in history. It generated about 252,000 tweets every minute.
Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Co-Director Shares Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From Filming (Exclusive)
ET exclusively spoke with co-director Kwasi Fordjour and fashion curator Zerina Akers following the visual album's premiere.Now, in an exclusive new interview with ET, co-director Kwasi Fordjour is spilling all the details on how Black Is King came to be and what it was like traveling all over the world with Beyoncé.
Beyoncé directed and produced an autobiographical documentary titled “Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream” in 2013. It aired on HBO on Feb. 16, 2013, and later was released as a DVD in November that year.
(Pictured) Beyoncé with Oprah Winfrey at the premiere of the film in New York City, New York, U.S., on Feb. 12, 2013.
The singer unexpectedly released her fifth studio album “Beyoncé” on Dec. 13, 2013, on iTunes. Like all her previous albums, it also debuted at the No. 1 spot, making her the first woman to reach the top spot on the Billboard 200 for five consecutive albums.
At the 2015 Grammy Awards, the singer was nominated for six awards. She ended up winning three trophies – Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for “Drunk in Love” and Best Surround Sound Album for “Beyoncé.”
Beyoncé made a featured appearance in Coldplay’s single “Hymn for the Weekend” from their 2015 album “A Head Full of Dreams.”
(Pictured) Beyonce and Chris Martin of Coldplay onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, California.
At the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé earned a total of 11 nominations. She went on to win eight, including Video of the Year for "Formation." Presently, she is the most-awarded artist at the ceremony with a total of 24 wins.
On April 23, 2016, the singer released her sixth studio album "Lemonade." It debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 charts.
At the 2017 Grammys, she won two awards – Best Urban Contemporary Album for "Lemonade" and Best Music Video for "Formation."
'Angry and annoyed' MP accuses Met of racial profiling after being pulled over in London
Labour MP Dawn Butler has told Sky News she believes she was the victim of racial profiling after the car she was in was stopped by police. The former shadow equalities minister filmed the incident, which happened in the London borough of Hackney on Sunday afternoon.She said police officers stopped her "black male friend" who was driving a "nice car" and questioned her while she was in the passenger seat.
Although the singer didn’t attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, she ended up winning five of them – Top Female Artist, Top Touring Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top R&B Tour and Top R&B Album for “Lemonade.” She also won Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Best Female R&B/Pop Artist at the 2017 BET Awards.
She was named the top-earning woman in the music business five times – 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 – by Forbes, coming in the second position in the 2019 list with total earnings of $81 million.
Beyoncé created history by becoming the first black woman to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 14, 2018. Accompanied by a brass marching band, she opened the two-hour-long set by singing "Crazy in Love," before crooning "Lift Every Voice and Sing." A Destiny's Child reunion also took place when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her on stage to sing their '90s hits "Say My Name," "Soldier" and "Lose My Breath."
In June 2018, JAY-Z and Beyoncé began their second tour together in Cardiff, Wales. Billed as "On the Run II," this marked the sequel to the couple's 2014 tour together "On The Run." With 15 stops across the U.K. and 21 in North America, the tour raked in $253.5 million, according to Billboard reports. It was also crowned the Top R&B/Hip-Hop tour of the year by Billboard.
In April 2019, she released a surprise live album titled "Homecoming: The Live Album," coinciding with her Netflix documentary of the same name. The album was recorded during the 2018 Coachella festival.
Beyoncé voiced the character of Nala in the Walt Disney live-action feature, “Lion King," which released on July 19, 2019. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film starred Donald Glover as Simba and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. The film also featured her duet with rapper Donald Glover, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" as well as "Spirit," the lead single from the soundtrack.
It's no surprise that so many people are already calling Beyoncé's Black Is King "iconic." Ever since the singer's visual album (a companion to the music of The Lion King: The Gift) premiered on Disney+ last Friday, the Beyhive has been raving over the project, with celebrities like Kerry Washington, Adele and Keke Palmer taking to social media to praise the visuals, costumes, cinematography and more.
Now, in an exclusive new interview with ET, co-director Kwasi Fordjour is spilling all the details on how Black Is King came to be and what it was like traveling all over the world with Beyoncé.
"It started a year ago, and at the time, it wasn't a grand idea; it was a video," Fordjour tells ET's Kevin Frazier. "We had just finished 'Spirit.' That was the first visual from the album, and she wanted to release more visuals. We were discussing what we would do, what the process would be, and that's how it all started."
"For me, it's pretty exciting," he adds, of what it's like working on such a massive production. "Your adrenaline starts to rush and it becomes like, 'OK, what are we going to do, how are we going to do it, where do we start?' When you get into the space where you're so interested and enthralled with creating worlds and spaces, it becomes fun, and she makes it fun."
Fordjour tells ET that Black Is King was filmed in several locations, from South Africa to Belgium to London, and even Bey's home in Los Angeles.
"The tree shot in 'Already,' that was her backyard," he reveals. "Yeah, that was the adrenaline [rushing] because she was like, 'I want to shoot, let's do it. Let's start at my house.' I was like, 'Hell yeah, let's do it!' So we scouted and we found the tree that felt like it was the most relative to The Lion King."
"Because it was the first video, that video took the longest to shoot," he adds. "I want to say we shot that one across maybe like 4-5 days."
While the visual album is filled with memorable scenes, one of the most talked about is the backyard tea party, which features Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles, and her and JAY-Z's 8-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Fashion curator Zerina Akers, who worked closely with Fordjour, tells ET that was her favorite scene to style... especially with Tina being involved!
"Miss Tina actually was a last-minute addition to that shot. She came to set that day and Beyoncé was like, 'Mom, you have to be in this,'" Fordjour recalls. "So we put her in her pink look."
Akers also joked about having to pack a whole suitcase of apparel and accessories anytime Bey calls. She says Beyoncé had a total of 63 costume changes within the 85-minute film.
"You have to be prepared," she exclaimed. "If she says, 'I just want to shoot, I think it would be really nice in a T-shirt,' I'm like, OK, 10 ball gowns, please. Just in case! Because more likely than not, we get there and it's like, 'Oh, it's so beautiful, we need something more grand.' And we kind of allow it to shape-shift."
Akers always makes sure to pack some extra items for Blue, too, as she is consistently surprising the crew. "The cool thing about Blue that not a lot of people know is that a lot of times she chooses when she wants to [be involved]," Akers shares. "She may see her mother doing a shot she thinks is cool. When she sees something in it, she may be like, 'I want to do that, can I have a turn to do that?'"
"She gets up and she just kind of does her thing," she adds. "It all kind of comes to life."