Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles


9/4/1981, Houston, Texas

Birth Name

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles



Also Known As

Bee, Beyoncé, Beyonce Knowles
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Singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, fashion designer, model, record producer, philanthropist, Beyonc Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981 to Matthew and Tina Knowles in Houston, Texas. The Grammy winning beauty is best known for her work in the Grammy winning R&B group Destiny's Child and her immensely…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Beyoncé wishes her ears were smaller, because to her they are big.

    • Following Beyoncé's rendition of Etta James' song At Last at President Barack Obama's inauguration, Etta launched a scathing attack on her, saying she couldn't stand Beyoncé and that she wanted to "a*s whip" her. She later retracted her statement, saying that she was just kidding.

    • Beyoncé is ranked #14 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM."

    • Beyoncé's Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) was named the Top Single of 2008 by Rolling Stone magazine.

    • Beyoncé was named Forbes Richest Celebrity Under 30, with a total earnings of $80 million.

    • Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z were named the richest celebrity couple of 2008, with a combined earnings of $162 million.

    • Beyoncé says that her marriage with Jay-Z isn't exactly "perfect," but adds that no marriage is perfect and they have fights like most couples do.

    • Beyoncé was ranked #13 in Glamour's "The 50 Most Glamorous Women of 2008."

    • According to Forbes, Beyoncé was the second highest earning musician of 2008, making eighty million dollars.

    • Beyoncé was ranked #14 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008.

    • PETA ended their "war" with Beyoncé after she stopped wearing fur, and even sent her a faux-fur throw as a wedding present.

    • Beyoncé married her boyfriend, rapper Jay-Z, on April 4, 2008. The pair had been dating since 2002.

    • Beyoncé was ranked #25 in FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2007.

    • Beyoncé ranked #13 in Maxim's 2007 Hot 100 List.

    • Beyoncé was among People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2006.

    • Beyoncé gets her inspiration for her dresses and costumes from her dreams.

    • Beyoncé performed a country version of her song Irreplaceable with Sugarland at the 2007 American Music Awards.

    • Beyoncé performed in Ethiopia in October 2007 in part of the country's celebration of their new millennium.

    • In fall 2007, Beyoncé launched her own cell phone called the B'Phone. It was created by Beyoncé and Samsung, and it has a Knowles-themed screen and downloads exclusive photos and videos by Beyoncé, as well as a song she recorded as a child.

    • Beyoncé cancelled her 2007 Malaysian concert after negotiations with the show's Malaysian promoters on what she would wear broke down. The promoters had requested she cover up more in respect to the country's Muslims. But Beyoncé refused to tone down her outfits and ended up cancelling the concert, originally scheduled for November.

    • Beyoncé was nominated for Most Addictive Track (Beautiful Liar, featuring Shakira), Best Headliner, and Ultimate Urban Artist at the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards.

    • Beyoncé was named People magazine's Best Dressed Celebrity of 2007, getting dubbed "The Showstopper."

    • Beyoncé landed four nominations at the first ever VH1 Soul Presents: VIBE Awards Special in 2007: Song of the Year (Irreplaceable), Video of the Year (Get Me Bodied), VStyle, and R+B Artist of the Year. She won R+B Artist of the Year and the VStyle Award.

    • Beyoncé was nominated for Best R&B Artist and Best Payback Track Irreplaceable) at the 2007 Teen Choice Awards.

    • At a concert on August 15, 2007, Beyoncé had a wardrobe malfunction where she lifted her arms up, causing her top to rise, and it spread that she accidentally flashed her breasts. But Beyoncé said no such thing happened, as she was wearing a flesh-tone bra and did not reveal anything.

    • Beyoncé credits actor/rapper Will Smith for the reason she always treats fans with respect because when she met him at a soundtrack signing for the movie Men In Black, his perfect behavior really impressed her.

    • Beyoncé became the face of American Express in 2007. She was chosen because the credit card company saw her as a role model and an inspiration to others, among other reasons.

    • Beyoncé scored seven 2007 MTV VMA nominations: Female Artist Of The Year, Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration (Beautiful Liar, featuring Shakira), Quadruple Threat Of The Year, Video Of The Year (Irreplaceable), Best Choreography (Beautiful Liar, featuring Shakira), Best Director (Beautiful Liar, directed by Jake Nava), and Best Editing (Beautiful Liar). She won Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration.

    • After two fans were hurt at a gig in St. Louis, Missouri in June 2007, Beyoncé rushed to the hospital to make sure they were okay.

    • Beyoncé won Best Female R&B Artist and Video Of The Year (Irreplaceable) at the 2007 BET Awards.

    • Beyoncé was named the All-American Pin-up Girl by The Washington Post in 2007. They say she has the charm of old-fashioned celebrity pin-ups, like Raquel Welch and Ann-Margaret, but with a more modern look. She also has a great fashion sense and has never been involved in any scandal, among other things, which they believe adds to her appeal.

    • Beyoncé was the first non-Hispanic person to make People en Español's list of the 50 Most Beautiful Latinos. In 2007, the list was expanded to 51 and honored her for her interest in Hispanic culture and music.

    • Beyoncé was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.

    • British singer Des'ree sued Beyoncé because she claims the pop star never got the rights to use the song Des'ree wrote. Des'ree was seeking $150,000 in damages for the song that appears on B'Day: Deluxe Edition. Because of this, Beyoncé decided to withdraw the album from stores because she couldn't correct the song title.

    • In April 2007, Beyoncé released a DVD, titled B'Day Anthology Video Album. Beyoncé reinvented her look for the eight videos included on the DVD, all of which were made in only two weeks.

    • Beyoncé won Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song for Irreplaceable at the 2007 Kids' Choice Awards.

    • After reports that the couple was splitting, Beyoncé treated boyfriend Jay-Z to a romantic getaway to Punta de Mita, Mexico and to see his favorite band Coldplay perform in Mexico City.

    • Beyoncé is allergic to perfume.

    • Beyoncé won Best R&B/Soul Singer, Female at the 2007 Soul Train Awards.

    • Since Beyoncé missed getting an Oscar nomination for Best Song for Listen from Dreamgirls, songwriter Scott Cutler said that if he were to win the award for Best Song, he'd split it with the singer because she was such a big help with the song.

    • In February 2007, anti-smoking group Quit wrote to the Federal Department of Health in Australia, after Beyoncé's billboard advertising her concert tour showed an image of her smoking with an old-fashioned cigarette holder.

    • Beyoncé appeared on the cover of 2007's Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition magazine wearing a yellow and pink bikini. Bee will be the first non-model/athlete to appear on the cover of the magazine. She is on the cover because the magazine has a music theme.

    • Beyoncé enjoys playing board games with friends and crew members while on the road.

    • Beyoncé was named The Most Desirable Woman Of 2007 by The website asked voters to consider qualities for the women, which included sex appeal and beauty, intelligence, humour, charisma and ambition.

    • Beyoncé was nominated for five 2007 Grammy Awards: Best R&B song (Déjà Vu f. Jay-Z), Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Ring The Alarm), Best Rap/Sung Collaberation Solo (Déjà Vu f. Jay-Z), Best Contemporary R&B Album ("B'Day"), and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (Déjà Vu). She won for Best Contemporary R&B album.

    • Beyoncé gained quite a bit of attention, and a few jokes as well, for singing three of the five Oscar nominated songs at the 2005 Academy Awards, which were Believe, a duet with Josh Groban, from Polar Express, Look To Your Path from Les Choristes (The Chorus), and Learn To Be Lonely from The Phantom Of The Opera.

    • Beyoncé designed cheerleader outfits for boyfriend Jay-Z's basketball team the New York Nets, under her fashion line, after striking a deal with the team.

    • Beyoncé and her mother Tina have their own fashion line, called House Of Dereon.

    • Beyoncé lost over 6kg in 10 days for her role in Dreamgirls with a drastic diet which she could only drink maple syrup mixed with lemon juice and water.

    • Beyoncé's Ring the Alarm was named the 9th most annoying pop song of 2006.

    • After the Spanish version of her hit song Irreplaceable became a big hit, Beyoncé decided to release a Spanish version of her album "B'Day," even collaborating with Shakira on her song Beautiful Liar.

    • Beyoncé has bought a white dress after she saw the blue Guy Laroche dress worn by Hilary Swank when she won an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby in a shop window and fell in love with it. Beyoncé rushed back to the New York store the next day and bought the dress in white without even trying it on.

    • Beyoncé is of African American descent.

    • Beyoncé's song Irreplaceable was influenced by her character Deena Jones in the movie Dreamgirls.

    • Beyoncé received two 2006 Golden Globe nominations for her role in Dreamgirls.

    • Beyoncé was ranked as the 7th biggest entertainer of 2006 by EW magazine.

    • Beyoncé was voted Best Dressed Celebrity of 2006 by the editors of Life and Style magazine.

    • Beyoncé once appeared on "Star Search" in 1983.

    • In 2003, Beyoncé was the first female artist to reach the number one position on both singles and albums chart simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom.

    • One of Beyoncé's trademarks is big, heavy earrings.

    • Beyoncé song Ring The Alarm from "B'Day" is her highest single charting debut.

    • Beyoncé has a younger sister Solange, who is five years her junior.

    • Beyoncé has said that when she performs on stage, she performs as an alter persona named "Sasha."

    • Beyoncé's father Matthew Knowles served as the manager for Destiny's Child.

    • Beyoncé ranked at #3 in Maxim's Hottest 100 of 2002."

    • Beyoncé was one of the writers on Nelly's song Grillz.

    • Beyoncé has contributed a word to the dictionary: bootylicious.

    • Beyoncé is a big fan of Indian actress Aishwarya Rai.

    • Beyoncé's name is actually her mother's maiden name.

    • Beyoncé favorite rapper is Wyclef Jean.

    • In 2001, Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to win the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award.

    • Beyoncé is a big fan of Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks. At an awards show in 2001, while acting as a correspondent for MTV News, Beyoncé actually got to meet one of her favorite actors, with the help of Jamie Lee Curtis.

    • Beyoncé is a fan of Middle Eastern music and dance.

    • Beyoncé was voted the celebrity with the best figure by

    • Beyoncé's height is about 5'7".

    • Beyoncé opened up the 2006 American Music Awards with her song Irreplaceable.

    • Beyoncé won the award for World's Best R+B Artist at the 2006 World Music Awards.

    • Beyoncé has had a copyright suit against her dismissed by a judge. Jennifer Armour sued Beyoncé, claiming her song Baby Boy took lyrics from her tune Got A Little Bit Of Love For You. The court looked at both songs and declared them "substantially dissimilar."

    • Beyoncé collects African-American art.

    • Beyoncé's third single from 2006's "B-Day" was Irreplaceable.

    • Beyoncé was sued by a man who claims she breached a contract and didn't pay him enough for brokering the launch of the House Of Dereon, which is her clothing line. The lawsuit is for $2 million.

    • Beyoncé's second video off of B'Day is "Ring The Alarm."

    • Beyoncé starred in the movie adaptation of the hit play "Dreamgirls," also starring Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy, which came out December 21, 2006.

    • Beyoncé ranked #1 on VH-1's list of the 100 Hottest Hotties.

    • Beyoncé's song Check On It was nominated for and won Best R&B Video for the MTV VMAs 2006.

    • Beyoncé says that she was terrified during a photo shoot for the cover of her new album B-Day because she was posing in a swamp which was filled with mosquitoes, bees, wasps, armadillos, and an alligator. She was unsure about being in there with the beast; though the people guaranteed her she'd be okay. But after she saw the alligator's trainer who had a bloody head, she decided not to pose with it.

    • Beyoncé recorded B'Day in only three weeks.

    • In 2006, Beyoncé was sued by a man who claims she breached a contract and didn't pay him enough for brokering the launch of the House Of Dereon, which is her clothing line. The lawsuit was for $2 million.

    • Beyoncé filmed some of the parts for her video Déjà Vu in Louisiana.

    • For her video Déjà Vu, Beyoncé said that she shopped at vintage stores for some of her wardrobe, buying fishnet gloves and stockings for her costumes.

    • Beyoncé recorded her newest album B'Day in secret because she knew her manager father would interfere with it.

    • Beyoncé's first single of 2006 was Déjà vu, which featured Jay-Z.

    • Beyoncé's song Check On It became her third number one single.

    • Beyoncé appeared on the 2006 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

    • Beyoncé is signed with Sony Music Entertainment.

    • Beyoncé did a remix of 50 Cent's In Da Club.

    • Beyoncé gave a lapdance to actor Terrance Howard at 2005 BET Awards.

  • Quotes

    • Beyoncé: I always said I would never do (drugs). I've never seen a person who was high and thought, 'Wow, I want to do that!' I"m like, 'That''s cool for them, but no thank you.'

    • Beyoncé: I don't drink often. But when I'm drunk, I'm very quiet and I observe and I go to sleep. I don't think I'm much fun.

    • Beyoncé: I don't really go out much. If I wasn't a celebrity then I don't know how I would feel, but it's not that much fun for me - it feels like I'm in a cage and everyone is watching.

    • Beyoncé: I like that I'm curvy but sometimes I get too curvy in the wrong places. I have days where I'm like, "Oh God, please let me go back to sleep," but I just have to accept I'm never going to be skinny because I love food.

    • Beyoncé: (on waiting to get married) Before the age of 25, I would never get married. I feel like you have to get to know yourself, know what you want, spend some time by yourself, and be proud of who you are before you can share that with someone else.

    • Beyoncé: (on gaining 20 pounds for "Cadillac Records") I ate a lot of butter pecan ice-cream it when I was preparing for Cadillac Records. I was able to eat as much as I wanted because they wanted me to gain the weight. It was heaven.

    • Beyoncé: Even now I sometimes fly economy if I need to. We had a storm in Miami (Florida) and there was a hurricane coming so we just got out. You know the airlines where if you're fifth in line, you sit in seat five? And then they throw a peanut at you with your drink? I don't care about those kind of things. It's just that people don't give me peace, that's the hardest thing.

    • Beyoncé: (on her marriage to Jay-Z) We were together for a really long time before we got married; we were in no rush. We don't have a normal relationship because of our careers. But celebrity or not, you go through the exact same things. We're not perfect. This is like my first relationship. I'm very private and, of course, I don't talk about it, but I'm very, very happy. That's all I'll say.

    • Beyoncé: (on Barack Obama's presidential bid) I'm really proud. I think we're making a lot of progress. It's an exciting time for my generation, regardless of whether you're African-American or not. The level of excitement, I've never seen anything like it. We all feel part of our country now.

    • Beyoncé: I can't really go to church anymore, which is a shame. People have come up to me in church during the sermon and, of course, people watch everything I do. They come up and take pictures on their mobile phones too. They are very nice, but I think God understands if I miss Sunday service!

    • Beyonce: (on marriage) I don't know when I'll want to get married, I never pictured myself as a bride, but after my sister's wedding, I did start thinking about what kind of wedding I'd want. I don't think I want a big one.

    • Beyoncé: At one point, I was a tomboy and wouldn't wear dresses. And when I first became a teenager, I hated purses. My mom used to say, 'You're a young lady, you should have a purse.' I refused. She had to beg me.

    • Beyoncé: (on her fall in July 2007) I recently fell down the stairs because my heel got caught in the hem of my coat. But really, I've fallen down the stairs a lot of times, so I can't only blame it on the coat.

    • Beyoncé: (on a special feature on her B'Phone) When I was 10, I recorded a song called 632-5792 - a phone number. It's a little embarrassing but it's cute. There's a recording of that song on the phone exclusively for my fans. It's only through this phone that you can get this close to my life.

    • Beyoncé: I'm just jealous that I wasn't born Latina. I wish I had been, because the culture is so beautiful. I noticed a big difference between speaking to all of the Latino stations and speaking to the pop stations or the other stations. With the Latino stations, there was so much love and everyone is so genuine.

    • Beyoncé: (on performing on stage) The easiest part is dancing in the heels. I don't even think about it anymore; it's just second nature. But it is difficult to dance, to sing at the same time. I have to make sure I'm in shape and I'm hydrated... I don't want to wear myself out and get exhausted.

    • Beyoncé: There's definitely a dangerous feeling when you're in love - it's giving your heart to someone else and knowing that they have control over your feelings. I know for me, who always tries to be so tough, that's the dangerous thing.

    • Beyoncé: (on the "Dreamgirls'" set) It is so tempting on film sets. They have these tables with every kind of food. I'd eat pork skins because that's the closest thing to chips.

    • Beyoncé: Everybody messes with celebrities. At a point, you just have to decide if you really want it. If you do, you have to have a tough skin. And after you get a certain amount of success, you have no choice. Either you're gonna turn to other things to take away the pain you feel, or you have to deal with it and move on. If it's something about my sister or my nephew or it's something evil, then yes, I'm upset. I wanna kill somebody. If it's a rumor that's vindictive, or something harmful, or something everybody's believing that is completely not true, then it's frustrating because there's nothing you can do about it. If someone misquotes you, or says some complete lie, and then they go back and retract that, people still don't believe you didn't say it. So sometimes it hurts. Sometimes I wanna cry. Sometimes I wanna scream. Sometimes I wanna curse people out.

    • Beyoncé: (on when her and her father used to argue over things) Me and my dad go at it. People would be very surprised. We don't do it too much, because I'm an adult and he's respectful of that. But during the time when I was becoming an adult and I was trying to, you know, claim my independence... we went at it all the time. We had our moments. But it's way more powerful to not curse.

    • Beyoncé: First of all, I don't listen to the radio. If I do, it would be in the car on my way to a venue - but not consciously. I don't go on the Internet. Unless I'm approving videos or approving song mixes, I don't go. I don't buy anything online. I'm scared. I don't want to just give 'em my credit card. I don't wanna be hacked.

    • Beyoncé: (on Shakira and the "Beautiful Liar" video) For the video, they put us in a room together for about two hours and we just came up with the choreography and played off the fact we look similar. It was really cool because I don't even know who is who sometimes - even I get confused!

    • Beyoncé: (on being taught to belly dance by Shakira) I used to watch her videos and I thought she was so cool. When she was teaching me the moves I thought, 'This is crazy, Shakira is showing me how to belly dance!' I got the best teacher. We didn't have a lot of time to come up with the choreography - most of it was done on the spot. I was just watching her and learning from her. It was so much fun, the best energy.

    • Beyoncé: (on the videos included on her DVD, B'Day Anthology Video Album) I didn't want them to look the same. Some are in black and white. Some are Super8. Some are very bright, vivid colors. Some are, you know, they look a little retro. I wore my hair black in some. I wore '80s makeup in one of the videos. Sixties Mod makeup. It was so exciting 'cause I love fashion, I love dressing up, so definitely it was like playing different characters. I can't believe I did it. But I had a lot of help and a lot of support.

    • Beyoncé: (on recording Spanish tracks for the deluxe edition of B'Day) I did grow up in Houston, Texas, so I was around Spanish; I took it at school but I completely forgot it. I had the best coach; I did it phonetically, every sentence I recorded maybe four times.

    • Beyoncé: (on working with fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for her "Get Me Body" video) It was exciting because we learned choreography... It was like old times. I'm so serious when I'm working and they were with me and we laughed and we're so goofy. I miss them so much.

    • Beyoncé: (on when she lost weight for her role in "Dreamgirls") I'm not naturally skinny. I fasted for two whole weeks, than got by on vegetables. I was starving. I didn't recognize myself. I was like a cotton bud. I look better with a few pounds on my bones.

    • Beyoncé: (On posing with a baby alligator for a photo shoot for "B'Day") There was a shot where I held an alligator. It had its mouth taped – that was my bright idea. He was really cute, but since his mouth was taped, he didn't have any way to defend himself. He was upset, so he peed on me. That was an experience.

    • Beyoncé: (on keeping her SI cover a secret) It was hard because I was so excited! You grow up seeing those issues and they're so amazing, it's crazy that I was able to be on the cover. It's amazing for me. They called and they said they were doing a music issue and they said they didn't know if I would be willing to wear the swimsuits. I said I would for Sports Illustrated because it's so classy.

    • Beyoncé: I love fried fish, fried shrimp and all different types of pasta. If it's fattening, I love it! The trouble is it goes to my sides, my hips and my butt real quick.

    • Beyoncé: (on losing weight for "Dreamgirls) I didn't recognize myself during filming because I looked like a cotton bud, and that wasn't a nice feeling. I look better with a few pounds on my bones.

    • Beyoncé: (on playing board games) My favorite game is Guess Who. It's like charades, and I love Connect Four. I'm really good at it. I swear, I could kick anyone's a** at Connect Four.

    • Beyoncé: (on Shakira and their song "Beautiful Liar) I've always loved her and I've always wanted to work with her, and the song fits perfectly. It basically talks about two women - the same guy is trying to get at both of them but instead of them fighting, they're saying, 'He's a beautiful liar, let's not fight, let's stick together. Forget him!' I think it's a great concept.

    • Beyoncé: (on meeting Diana Ross) I've met Diana Ross and she is one of the nicest women in the world. She came up to me and said if I ever needed anything, just to let her know.

    • Beyoncé: (on shopping at Wal-Mart) My sister and I have so much fun there. I get everything there - CDs, all kinds of make-up like mascara, lipstick. And then I never end up using any of it.

    • Beyoncé: (on Whitney Houston and her troubles) I once queued for Whitney's autograph when I was a kid. I had her photograph pinned up inside my wall and thought she was the very best around. I don't want to talk about what's happened to her since. I think it's very easy to get yourself into trouble. We live an unrealistic life in a crazy world. The demands are huge and the fallout can be equally big. You can get swept along by events. It is very hard for a woman in the music business to maintain a long term career. There are demands you cannot even begin to imagine.

    • Beyoncé: (complaining that as she's so good-looking, people ignore her artistic merits) It's frustrating because sometimes, when you are attractive, people don't acknowledge that you are talented as well.

    • Beyoncé: (on her song "Irreplaceable) It's a celebration of a breakup and makes women feel like they're worth more. I'd never had so many women say that they'd put on the record (to help them) not pick up the phone and take him back. I'm walking down hallways and see fans yelling 'To the left, to the left.

    • Beyoncé: (on 2006's "B'Day") I made probably my most emotional aggressive record ever.

    • Beyoncé: (about what she does for Christmas) I do the same thing every year. I start out in New York passing toys out at children's homes. Then I fly to Houston to my mother's house, and she cooks. She cooks yams, and macaroni and cheese, and spicy turkey and greens. We pass out gifts and we listen to Motown Christmas and sing and tell stories, and then we go to sleep. It's great!

    • Beyoncé: (about rumors that the song "Ring The Alarm is about Jay-Z and Rihanna having a relationship) The rumors that Ring the Alarm is about Jay - those things don't bother me as much because they're so silly. It's kind of obvious, like certain things are just obviously not true. When things are not true, you just don't really think about it. It's amazing. When you're a new artist (like Rihanna), people are curious. That just comes with being a beautiful girl and a celebrity. People try to link you up with everybody!

    • Beyoncé: I'd done a couple of sitcoms earlier on, but I wasn't very good in them, so I thought that meant I couldn't act.

    • Beyoncé: I get nervous when I don't get nervous. If I'm nervous I know I'm going to have a good show.

    • Beyoncé: I don't use backing tapes when I am singing and dancing on stage. I can do cartwheels and sing.

    • Beyoncé: The more successful I become, the more I need a man.

    • Beyoncé: You know what, I'm very attracted to someone who makes me laugh and is that charming. Really, I could be charmed by anyone. I'm just a sucker for somebody that is charming.

    • Beyoncé: The great thing about McDonald's is that they have a lot of different things on the menu. I love their salads.

    • Beyoncé: I think I am past needing celebrity. I don't want to feel the void I see in a lot of celebrities - the unhappiness underneath the smile. Don't you think it's scary that you rarely meet celebrities who are normal? I do normal things, walk in the park. I don't want to be off on my own diva planet. I want to be on Earth. I want to be normal.

    • Beyoncé: I decided when I was really young I wouldn't talk about my private life. I think Star Search did it for me. I told everyone that I was on there and we lost. It was the most embarrassing thing in my life. So from that point on, I didn't even tell anyone at school that I had a record deal. Just all of a sudden, one day I was out of school and on their television. And I know they were like, 'Oh my gosh, she sat behind me in algebra.'

    • Beyoncé: At the Billboard Awards my skirt was so tight they had to lift me on stage.

    • Beyoncé: Yeah, I hated my name. I just wanted to blend in. I kept asking, 'Mama, why is my name Beyoncé?' I used to think it was made up, but it was actually her maiden name.

    • Beyoncé: People look at us head to toe, judge us and think we're not human. We are. Nobody's a celebrity but God.

    • Beyoncé: (on being compared to Jennifer Lopez) It doesn't annoy me, no, because I respect J-Lo. I like her, I think she's great. And I know that I'm over a decade younger than her, it's so flattering that I'm so young and people are comparing me to someone who has accomplished so much. But I don't think I'm like anyone else and really, I'd rather not be compared to anyone else.

    • Beyoncé: I'm a fan of a few Bollywood films. I have seen Devdas (2002/I) and Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), both great films. I loved Devdas (2002/I) - the actress was amazing! I cried towards the end of the film. Indian films are very colorful. It can be fun to do a film like that at least once. Given a chance, I'd love to do an Indian film.

    • Beyoncé: For me, it's about the way I carry myself and the way I treat other people. My relationship and how I feel about God and what He does for me, is something deeply personal. It's where I came from, my family, I was brought up in a religious household and that's very important to me. But I understand the mentality of people. I know that people judge others based on certain things. I know how celebrities really are. I've done it too. You meet people - rock stars, rappers, whoever - who you have seen on television and you go into their homes and they are regular people, just like everyone else.

    • Beyoncé: Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life. But I don't see that having a sexy image when you are on stage means that you don't love God. No one knows what I'm really like from that. I like to walk around with bare feet and I don't like to comb my hair. I'm always so glammed up and so diva on stage and that's what they see. People don't understand that... No one knows my personal relationship with God and it's not up to me to prove that to anyone.

    • Beyoncé: (on the song "Bootylicious") I wrote that because, at the time, I'd gained some weight and the pressure that people put you under, the pressure to be thin, is unbelievable. I was just 18 and you shouldn't be thinking about that. You should be thinking about building up your character and having fun and the song was just telling everyone just forget what people are saying, you're bootylicious. That's all. It's a celebration of curves and a celebration of women's bodies.

    • Beyoncé: (on her role in "Dreamgirls) I know that it's no coincidence that not only was I born 25 years ago, but so was Dreamgirls. And so was Jennifer Hudson. I think we were both born for these roles. I don't think it's just a coincidence that we were brought on this earth in the same year. I've been preparing for this character my whole life. Even without me knowing

    • Beyoncé: I don't see myself as a brand, a brand sounds fake, I am real.

    • Beyoncé: Sometimes you have to remind your lover, why he fell in love with you. When you wear that one special dress then, the passion is back.

    • Beyoncé: There is always a lot of stress when you're making a new album, that's why there were only very few people who knew that i was working on B-Day. Not even my father knew anything about it!

    • Beyoncé: One of the things that kept me out of trouble was doing something creative - creativity can't be judged.

    • Beyoncé: (on collecting art) I figured I needed to invest in something and I really love art. I don't buy cars. The first check I got when I was 16, I bought a car and I haven't bought a car since. I don't buy jewelry. I bought a really big diamond ring when I was 16, wore it and everyone said I was engaged, so I was like, 'I can't even wear it.' I haven't bought anything else since. I really am kinda cheap.

    • Beyoncé: I am very conscious of how I look and my image and how I am with people. I have a team and we've been working together since I was 15, so every show, every earring, every shade of eye shadow is all something that comes from me and my team. I'm very much a perfectionist, and even before I was a pop star, or celebrity or whatever you want to call whatever I am, I was always that way. Always!

    • Beyoncé: I'm not one of those girls who has always dreamed of getting married. I'd like to get married one day, but I'm only 24. I'm in no rush. If it happens, it happens.

    • Beyoncé: (on Oprah Winfrey) When I'm around her, I want to stand up straight, pronounce my words right and articulate.

    • Beyoncé: I feel a lot older than 25, to be honest. I feel like an old woman, like I've been around a long time, not in a physical way, but spiritually.

    • Beyoncé: Love is always dangerous because that person has a control over you. That's why you have to choose someone who you know is going to be good to you and bring out the best in you.

    • Beyoncé: (on comments that there's a lot of anger on the album "B-Day") I actually scream on the album and I don't scream very often. People will be surprised, but they'll also relate because everyone feels like screaming every now and again.

    • Beyoncé: We all have our imperfections. But I'm human and you know, it's important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty

    • Beyoncé: It's frustrating, because sometimes, when you are attractive, people don't acknowledge that you are talented as well. I mean, I'm a songwriter, I'm a producer, I have a strong voice, I'm a dynamic performer.

    • Beyoncé: (Telling TV Week about losing weight for the movie "Dreamgirls") Losing the weight for the film (Dreamgirls) was my idea. I wanted to go all the way. I was inspired by what Tom Hanks did for Cast Away. The weight loss worked because on screen you can see my character transform from this baby-fat-faced girl to a thin, sophisticated, chic woman. It wasn't healthy though. Immediately, the next day, I ate fried chicken, fried fish, French fries - anything fried - and the weight started to come on really fast and easy. I've put on 10 of the pounds back on again. I was too skinny.

    • Beyoncé: (Telling TV Week about starving herself to lose weight) It was so difficult. I was starving for six months, but I made it through. I literally fasted. A drink gave me the vitamins I needed and I didn't eat for 14 days and then I just drank protein shakes. It was hard and I felt weak, but I did it. It's not healthy but it was necessary.

    • Beyoncé: There's plenty of days when I'm like 'Oh God, why?' But that's just life. It's every job, not just mine. Every moment is not perfect. But it's definitely more good times than bad....And when I'm on stage it feels incredible. There are certain nights that you know you hit that crazy note and you know that spin spinned extra fast. And you look out and people are just into it and you've worked so hard and now it's paying off and you can see why you dedicated your life to this.