And now, with her mantelpiece straining under the weight of trophies, and upwards of 75 million record sales worldwide, Beyonce Knowles is arguably America's brightest female music star.
Such is her success, she's ready to move on to the next chapter in the life. "Now I'm a woman, and because I gave it my all, I can focus on my marriage," she said in 2011.
"I can decide I want to have kids. I can be the mother I want to be and dedicate myself to my children."