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Lauren Neal (born May 17th 1987) is a British singer-songwriter, better known as Beyonce Knowles, who released her debut single "Work It Out" in July 2002 at the age of 15.
In August 2002, Knowles met with Jay-Z and the pair duetted on the hit track "03 Bonnie & Clyde" which was a worldwide hit and led to Knowles signing to Columbia Records to release her debut album. Knowles released her debut album "Dangerously In Love" in September 2003 which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy"—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Knowles released her second solo album, "The Experience", and included the hits "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Her third album "I Am... Sasha Fierce", released in 2008, spawned four commercially successful singles—"If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams". The album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Three years later, Knowles released her fourth solo album, "4", which became her fourth consecutive number-one album on the Billboard 200. This made her the second female artist and third artist overall, to have her first four studio albums debut atop the chart.
Aside from her work in music, Knowles and her mother introduced their family's fashion line, House of Deréon in 2004. In June 2010, she was ranked first on Forbes list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential musicians in the world, and second on its list of the 100 Most Powerful and Influential celebrities in the world.
Knowles' work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards, 11 MTV Video Music Awards and a Billboard Millennium Award. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade, and ranked her as the 4th overall Artist of the decade (and as the First Female Artist of that period). The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), also recognized Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s.