[b]Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter[/b] (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group [a=Destiny's Child]. The release of Beyoncé's debut album, [i][m=41127][/i] (2003), established her as a solo artist, selling over 11 million copies and earning her five Grammy Awards. Her album, [i][m=631282][/i], released in 2013, was critically acclaimed for its experimental production and departure from her previous work. In 2014, she ranked atop of [i]Forbes[/i] ' Celebrity 100 was listed among the 100 most influential people in the world by [i]Time[/i].