Beyonce began performing at age 7, and because of her singing and dancing abilities, she won more than 30 competitions before joining up with her cousin and classmates to form what would become Destiny's Child. The award winning pop star found her calling after her parents signed her up for a local dance class in Houston, Texas as a way to draw her out of her shyness.
Beyonce auditioned and won a spot in the group Girls Tyme in 1990 and the group competed on Star Search in 1992. Although they didn't win the competition, they kept performing and sending out demo tracks to record labels under the management of Beyonce's dad until they were signed by Colombia Records in 1997, under the name of Destiny's Child.
The group released "Destiny's Child" in 1998 and went on to sell 33 million records before separating to pursue solo projects in 2001. Beyonce turned to acting and was cast in "Carmen: the Hip Hop Opera," opposite Mike Myers in "Austin Powers in Goldmember," and in "The Fighting Temptations."
Knowles released "Dangerously in Love" in 2003. The album earned five Grammy Awards, and it sold more than 3 million copies in the United States in the first 6 months, effectively pushing her into stardom as one of the most powerful women in entertainment.