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Photos: The evolution of Beyoncé, from Destiny's Child to Queen B

Schooled for superstardom, it was no surprise when Beyoncé Knowles left Destiny's Child to pursue a solo career.

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Multiple nominees Kelly Rowland, left, Beyoncé Knowles, centre, and Michelle Williams, of Destiny's Child pose for photographers following the announcement of nominations for the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001.


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Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles) and Austin Powers (Mike Myers) in New Line Cinema's Austin Powers in Goldmember, released in 2002.

Melinda Sue Gordon/SMPSP/New Line Cinema

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Kelly Rowland, left, Beyoncé Knowles, centre, and Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child perform during the Radio Music Awards Monday, Oct. 25, 2004 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.


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Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland, left, Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams perform their final concert in Vancouver, B.C., Sept. 10, 2005.

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Singer Beyonce Knowlés waves at the fans as the music group Destiny's Child accepts a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood March 28, 2006. The group has sold more than 50 million records worldwide and has been awarded 22 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications.


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Beyoncé Knowles poses as she arrives for an event to promote her upcoming film Dreamgirls at an unofficial screening in Cannes, France May 19, 2006.


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Singer Beyonce Knowles and rapper Jay-Z (R) perform during the Fashion Rocks show at Radio City Music Hall in New York September 7, 2006.


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Jennifer Hudson as Effie, Beyoncé Knowles as Deena and Anika Noni Rose as Lorrell in Dreamgirls, released in 2006.


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Singer Beyoncé Knowles performs during "The Beyonce Experience" concert in Manila November 7, 2007. Beyoncé, a multi-Grammy award winner, arrived on Tuesday for a one-night concert.


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Singer-actress Beyoncé Knowles and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z pose for photographers before the start of the Emporio Armani's Fall/Winter 2008/09 men's collections during Milan Fashion Week, in this January 13, 2008 file photo. Jay-Z and Knowles married on April 4, 2008 in New York.


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In this publicity image released by Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records, Beyoncé Knowles is shown during the filming of her music video "Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)."

Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records, Peter Lindberg/AP

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In this undated image released by, Beyonce Knowles holds her daughter, Blue Ivy, now one-month old. The photo was one of five posted by Beyonce and Jay-Z on the Tumblr photo blog A hand-written note accompanying the photos reads, "We welcome you to share our joy. Thank you for respecting our privacy during this beautiful time in our lives. The Carter Family." Jay-Z's legal name is Shawn Corey Carter.

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Beyoncé performing the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The singer came under fire for lip-synching during the performance.

Evan Vucci/AP

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Reunited, again: Beyoncé (C) and Destiny's Child perform during the half-time show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013.


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