Beyonce Knowles: Queen Bey

Updated 10:35 AM ET, Tue September 4, 2018
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There's been no denying Beyonce's power. Pop culture's royal highness has continued a remarkable life and career ... Tyler Mitchell
In 1998, Beyonce, second from right, was known simply as another member of Destiny's Child, a four-member girl group who released a self-titled debut that year and had a breakthrough with the remix of their single "No, No, No, No." Getty Images/File
Beyonce performs with Kelly Rowland, left, and Michelle Williams -- the final version of the group that put her on the map -- for President-elect George W. Bush during a pre-inaugural event in Washington on January 19, 2001. MIKE NELSON/AFP/Getty Images
When Beyonce took the stage in Melbourne on April 29, 2002, she was just a year away from releasing her first solo album, "Dangerously In Love." Martin Philbey/Redferns
In November 2002, before they tied the knot, Jay Z and Beyonce fueled rumors that they were dating by becoming musical collaborators. Beyoncé appeared on Jay Z's 2002 single "03 Bonnie & Clyde," and he appeared on her single "Crazy In Love" the following summer. KMazur/WireImage
A decade before she wowed viewers at the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show, Bey jammed with Carlos Santana during the Super Bowl XXXVII Pregame Show in San Diego on January 26, 2003. KMazur/WireImage
Having stepped out on her own, Beyonce presents the humanitarian award to Michael Jackson at the 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas on October 27, 2003. Michael Caulfield/WireImage
The singer is affectionately referred to as Queen Bey, not in the least because of her heralded work ethic, which is often put to good use on stage. Here, she performs during the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in New York on August 28, 2003. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
Beyonce was right back at the Super Bowl in 2004, performing the national anthem to kick off Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1. KMazur/WireImage
At the 46th Grammy Awards Show in February 2004, she joined Prince on stage to perform a medley of his hits. She left the ceremony with five Grammys in hand. R. Diamond/WireImage
Although her solo career had taken off by 2005, Beyonce still performed with Destiny's Child that year in Sydney on the heels of their 2004 album, "Destiny Fulfilled." Kevin Winter/Getty Images/File
After releasing another best-seller with 2006's "B'Day" and starring in "Dreamgirls" that same year, Beyonce was readying to release a third solo album, "I Am ... Sasha Fierce" when she took the stage at the 50th Grammy Awards Show on February 10, 2008. Somehow, she snuck in a secret marriage to Jay Z that April. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Beyonce during the filming of her hugely popular music video "Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)." Peter Lindberg/AP
In 2011, Beyonce stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards when she walked the red carpet and, with the careful placement of her hands, revealed that she was expecting. The star and husband Jay welcomed Blue Ivy in January 2012. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images/File
When Beyonce's daughter with Jay Z, Blue Ivy, was born in 2012, the couple shared a photo of their newborn on their website. A hand-written note accompanying the photos reads, "We welcome you to share our joy." Courtesy of the Carter Family/AP
Just months after giving birth, Beyonce was red-carpet ready at the Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 7, 2012. Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic
Beyonce found herself at the center a firestorm in 2013 after it was revealed she used a "backup track" to sing the national anthem at the inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21. Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call
After the inauguration dust-up, Beyonce had something to prove when she held a news conference for her Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on January 31, 2013. After belting out "The Star-Spangled Banner," the singer paused and turned to the press and asked: "Any questions?" Al Pereira/FilmMagic
Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams reunited as Destiny's Child to perform during the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show on February 3, 2013, in New Orleans. Christopher Polk/Getty Images
In early April 2013, the singer and her husband were once again the subject of critical headlines when they took a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth anniversary. stringer/AFP/Getty Images
In May 2013, Beyonce was the subject of pregnancy rumors as observers noted that her dress to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala conveniently covered her midsection. The speculation grew stronger after she had to cancel a concert due to exhaustion and dehydration. She denied that she was pregnant. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
In September 2013, Jay Z and Beyonce once again topped the Forbes list of biggest-earning celebrity couples. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
In December 2013, Beyonce stunned fans by releasing a surprise "visual album." The project was well-received and shot to No. 1, spawning platinum hits like the single "Drunk In Love."
Beyonce performs "Drunk in Love" at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in January 2014. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Landov
Time magazine has praised Beyonce as an industry tastemaker. In April 2014, the magazine called Bey one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Time magazine
Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles, right, reportedly had an altercation at a Met Gala after-party at New York's Standard Hotel in May 2014. Security camera footage that appeared on TMZ doesn't tell the whole story, but there are plenty of pictures of the rapper, Beyonce, and her sister leaving the party. T/X17online.com
After Jay Z's infamous scuffle with Beyonce's sister, the power couple faced numerous rumors that their relationship was on the rocks. But when they started their joint "On the Run" summer tour in Miami on June 25, they held a united front, playing their never-before-seen wedding video and showing footage of daughter Blue. Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment
At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Beyonce was awarded with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, which is given to "exemplary musicians who have made an incredible and long-lasting impact on pop culture." The singer accepted the award on August 24 from her husband, Jay Z, and daughter, Blue Ivy. Mark Davis/Getty Images/File
Jay Z and Beyoncé arrive at the Met Gala in New York in May 2015. Mike Coppola/Getty Images/FILE
Beyoncé performs with Coldplay's Chris Martin and singer Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show on February 7, 2016 Julio Cortez/AP
In June 2017 the singer and husband rapper Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir Carter. She's seen here with the toddlers in July 2018. Beyonce.com
In June 2018 Bey and Jay surprised fans by dropping the "Everything Is Love" album which quickly had folks pouring over the lyrics for hidden meanings. The pair had already announced a stadium tour, "OTR II," in March. YouTube/Beyonce
Beyoncé graced the cover of the coveted September issue of Vogue in August 2018. She oversaw all aspects of the spread which was shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell, the first African American photographer to land the cover in the magazine's 125-year history. Tyler Mitchell