Beyoncé honed her pop star skills as a member of Destiny's Child, which sold more than 60 million records worldwide. An early incarnation of the group, then known as Girls Tyme, appeared on Star Search in 1993 in a performance Beyoncé references on her 2013 self-titled surprise album.
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Let me hear you say "Hey, Ms. Carter!" In 2002, Beyoncé collaborated with rapper Shawn "Jay Z" Carter on his song "'03 Bonnie & Clyde." Around the same time, the two began dating, and the powerful couple tied the knot in 2008.
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In 2003, after three studio albums and a few highly publicized lineup changes, the most prominent member of Destiny's Child got "Crazy In Love" with her solo debut, Dangerously in Love. Beyoncé put out one more album with Destiny's Child before the group disbanded in 2005.
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As if sharing the stage with the Purple One himself wasn't enough, Beyoncé also picked up five trophies at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004, including Best Contemporary R&B Album for Dangerously in Love.
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News of Bey's baby bump broke on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards in 2011, but the world's real introduction to the future Blue Ivy Carter happened during the finale of Beyoncé's "Love on Top" performance, when the singer dropped her mic and unbuttoned her sequined blazer for a primetime belly rub.
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After accusations of lip syncing at President Obama's second inauguration, Beyoncé admitted to relying on a backing track to ensure the historic moment went flawlessly--but not before she belted out the song one more time at a press conference. "Any questions?" she asked.
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Okay, so Beyoncé's supercharged performance at the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII halftime show didn't actually cause the blackout that set Twitter atwitter, but the hit-filled set, which featured a reunited Destiny's Child, was electrifying.
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