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Happy Birthday Queen B! Here Are 17 Well Kept Secrets About Beyoncé

05-Sep-2022
By storyteller24

Now, who doesn't know Beyoncé? She is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She started her career at the very young age of nine & was the lead singer of the R&B group Destiny's Child. With all her dedication, she successfully launched her solo career and became the first black woman to headline Coachella in 2018.


She has been given several award-winning performances till now! As she celebrates her 41st birthday, let us share some amazing facts about her.


1. The naming of Tina and Mathew Knowles' first child was left up to mom, and she picked Beyoncéa restyling of her maiden name, Beyincé. (Dad picked her middle name, Giselle.) 


2. Truth be told, Beyoncé did not care for her name when she was a kid, because she was already being bullied by other girls at school and "it was just something else for them to use against me," she has said. "I couldn't win. I was bashful because the kids picked on me. And then I was picked on because I was so bashful." They also made fun of her ears, triggering her life-long love affair with big earrings. She started doing homeschool in ninth grade.



3. If it has ever seemed that Beyoncé took some time finding her voice, as far as what she wanted to use her considerable platform to say, that is – that's because she did, giving interviews quite sparingly and, even then, not revealing much.


4. She even had to create an alter ego to buoy her confidence, remember?! I Am...Sasha Fierce celebrated that goddess to the tune of five Grammy wins and diamond-level sales, but Beyoncé retired her after the album came out.

"I don't need Sasha Fierce anymore, because I've grown and now I'm able to merge the two," she told Allure in 2010.



5. Some of Tina's fellow stage moms had an idea for an all-girl singing revue, and at 8 years old Beyoncé became a member of Girls Tyme, which shared a bill with the quartet Destiny, featuring a 9-year-old LaTavia Roberson. Eventually the groups merged, with Bey, LaTavia, sisters Nicki and Nina Taylor of Destiny and newcomers Ashley Davis and Kelly Rowland all performing as Girls Tyme. "


6. Beyoncé was 11 when Girls Tyme appeared on Star Search and did not win, only getting three stars to the other group's four. She considered it a formative experience, recalling in a behind-the-scenes video about the making of her "Flawless" video, "At that time you don't realise that you could work actually super hard and give everything you have...and lose."



7. Not long after the episode aired in February 1993, Ashley left the group. "We never even saw Ashley again," Nina Taylor told Taraborrelli. "She was just gone, as if she'd fallen off the face of the earth." (As Támar Davis, she pursued a solo career in music and acting and toured with Prince.) Bey's classmate LeToya Luckett came in to replace Ashley, and pretty soon Girls Tyme changed its name to Somethin' Fresh.


8. Somethin' Fresh then became The Dolls – and the group was negotiating a record deal in 1994 when word supposedly came down that the label wanted a four-girl singing group, not an act that combined singing, rap and dance, as The Dolls did. And so emerged a quartet consisting of Beyoncé, Kelly, LaTavia and LeToya, all 14 years old. Because other groups called The Dolls already existed, they reverted to Destiny, the name of LaTavia's first group. 

But when Destiny got closer to signing a deal, there was an issue with that name as well, and finally Destiny's Child was born.



9. Though Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle were all working on independent side projects as early as 2000 and spent a couple of years on hiatus, they officially stayed together until 2006. They announced their planned amicable split in 2005, turning their Destiny Fulfilled...and Lovin' It Tour into a farewell run, capping it all off with a 2006 BET Award win for Best Group. 


10. Over the past 20 years, Beyoncé has won 28 Grammys, the four she took home in 2021 making her the most winning singer in Grammys history. But because the Recording Academy gets it very wrong sometimes, despite all the original music she's brought into the world, solo or otherwise, whether it's pushing boundaries or just catchy as hell (and oftentimes both), she still has no Record or Album of the Year wins to her name.

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" won Song of the Year in 2010, one of her four nominations in that category. She's 0-for-6 with Record of the Year and 0-for-4 with Album of the Year. 



11. Already a veteran performer at 13, that's when Beyonce had her first vocal injury, she shared with Harper's Bazaar. "We had just gotten our first record deal, and I was afraid I had developed nodules and destroyed my voice and that my career could be over," she sad. "The doctors put me on vocal rest all summer and I was silent once again."


12. Beyoncé's first relationship was with childhood sweetheart Lyndall Locke, whom she met when she was 12 and his family started going to the same church. And that was about it until she met the future Mr. Beyoncé, Shawn Carter.



13.  She was 18 when she met Jay-Z, who's 11 years her senior, in March 2000 when they were both in Cancún for MTV's Spring Break bash. 

The rap mogul recalled to Vanity Fair in 2013 that when he and Bey both made the cover of VF's November 2001 music issue (along with a bunch of other artists), "we were just beginning to try to date each other." Asked what that meant, he explained, "Well, you know, you've got to try first. You got to dazzle...wine and dine."


14. Bey and Jay took their time getting to know each other, not tying the knot until April 4, 2008, in a closely guarded ceremony at the groom's Tribeca penthouse. They also waited on sharing photos and video from their big day for years, the absence of images from their nuptials only making our heart grows fonder of the private pair.



15. Jay-Z credits his wife for being the glue that has held their empire together when his infidelity – brought to light on Lemonade and acknowledged in his 4:44 – threatened to send it crashing down.


16. At 10 years old, Blue Ivy Carter has more credits – and awards – to her name than many far more seasoned entertainers. She and Mom won Best Music Video Grammys in 2021 for "Brown Skin Girl," coming on the heels of their BET Her Award, the Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards and the 2020 NAACP Image Award wins for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for the song off The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack.


17. The number 4 holds significant meaning Beyoncé's life, her birthday falling on Sept. 4, her mom's on Jan. 4, Jay's on Dec. 4 and their wedding anniversary on April 4the fourth day of the fourth month of the year. The Roman numeral "IV" is tattooed on both of their ring fingers. 


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