Knowles' debut solo album Dangerously in Love (2003), released during the group's hiatus, established the singer as a viable solo artist worldwide, with five Grammy Award wins and Billboard number one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy." Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, she released her second solo album B'Day (2006), which contained hits "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Subsequent albums I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which earned her a record-setting six Grammys in 2010, and 4 (2011) maintained her status as one of the world's most successful pop and R&B singers. Knowles has also ventured into film, with a Golden Globe nominated performance in Dreamgirls (2006), and starring roles in such films as The Pink Panther (2006), Cadillac Records (2008) and Obsessed (2009).
Although her musical repertoire encompasses mostly pop, R&B, soul and hip-hop, Knowles has also explored middle eastern, electro-pop, African and funk styles. Her fourth album 4 also deviated towards a more traditional R&B sound. A self-declared feminist, her songs are often characterized by themes of love, relationships and monogamy, well as female sexuality and empowerment. On stage, she has attracted comparisons to pop stars Prince and Michael Jackson for her dynamic, highly choreographed performances. Throughout a career spanning 15 years, she has won 17 Grammy Awards, and has sold sold over 13 million albums in the US and 118 million records worldwide (as well as a further 50 million records with Destiny's Child), making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The Recording Industry Association of America recognized Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the decade and ranked her the Top Female Artist and the fourth Artist of the Decade. In 2013, she was also included in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In January 2012, Knowles gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter, her first child with husband Jay-Z.
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