Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, or better known as Beyonce, is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Beyonce would be considered an African-American figure of musical inspiration because she is the epitome of hard work and dedication. For over 16 years, Beyonce has proven to be an icon in the female music industry, not to mention African-American female music industry. Even through family issues, marriage, and business complications, Beyonce today is one of the leading artists of the millennium and a woman of many talents. Beyonce was born in Texas along with her parents and her younger sister. As a child, she entered many competitions and church choirs which later revealed her love and talent for musical performance. She would compete in talent shows where she would beat kids twice her age with just her vocal range, and later on went to high school that specialized in performing arts. As she grew older, she was entered into a national talent search, and later her dad managed her musical career in a girl group, which later on became known as Destiny’s Child.
Beyonce’s musical career wasn’t always as successful as it may have seemed. In fact, before the group was known as Destiny’s Child, they were kicked off record labels and just weren’t good enough. However under new management, the group later on became one of the top girl groups and won many awards. One of their most recognized hits, “Say My Name”, won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and the Best R&B Song at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards. On April 4, 2008, Beyonce married Jay-Z, and unlike most celebrities, to this day they keep most of their private life, well, private, but we can still see them relaxing on the topic in recent years. Beyonce’s first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, and led o many depressions, but nothing a recording session couldn’t fix. Later, however, Blue Ivy was born, and all became well. Jay-Z had recorded his next single, in which Blue Ivy’s cries were heard, and only at two days old, was the youngest person to arrive on the National Billboard.
Through many hardships, Beyonce not only is such an amazing and talented singer/actress, but also has a heart made out of gold. She sometimes gives away all her salaries and earnings to charities of her choice, and even teamed up with our First lady, Michelle Obama in helping people across America fight child obesity. In most recent light also, Beyonce not only is a significant artist, but now is also a national icon for the soda that America drinks best: Pepsi. It is said that Beyonce has signed off on a $50 million contract with the company to promote the drink.
All in all, I think that Beyonce is such an amazing person and helps us value and realize our worth as an individual. I mean, we all have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce, so why not make it count? What I have gained through looking inside the life of such a huge icon is that we can all take our hardships in life and use them to strengthen us and a way to help mold our future for success. Yes, there will be many wrong turns, but Beyonce believed in what she could do and never gave up. I believe that this is what we should gain. A belief in ourselves and know what we are worth.