Beyonce: Purpose, Passion And Growth

By the age of twenty-one, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born and raised in Houston, Texas had become world-famous for her singing and songwriting. After attaining wide success with the R&B group Destiny’s Child, Knowles broke out on her own, releasing her solo debut, Dangerously in Love, in 2003. The single “Crazy in Love,” featuring her then-boyfriend, now husband, rapper and businessman Jay-Z, was one of the biggest hits of the summer of 2003. The song propelled the album to multimillion-unit sales and earned Knowles a number of awards, including a Grammy Award and an MTV Video Music Award.

A little over a decade later, numerous awards, unforgettable performances at the Superbowl and Video Music Awards, and the birth of three children, the Queen of the Beyhive shows no signs of slowing down her impact on music or popular culture.

“My main accomplishment is achieving peace and happiness,” explains Beyonce in an Essence interview. “Sometimes you think it’s success, and you think that it’s being a big star. But I want respect, and I want friendship and love and laughter, and I want to grow.”

Her and Jay-Z are fiercely private when it comes to their relationship and family, but the 36-year-old new mom of three — who welcomed Blue Ivy, now 5½, in January 2012 — hasn’t held back when it comes to talking about how much motherhood has changed her life.

“[Having a daughter] just gives you purpose and all of the things that my self-esteem was associated with, it’s all completely different,” she told Anderson Cooper the same year she gave birth to Blue.

“Even the silliest little thing that you hear on the radio, it comes from something deeper. ’Bootylicious’ was funny, but it came from people saying that I had gained weight and me being like, ’I’m a southern woman, and this is how southern women are.’ My motivation is always to express something or to heal from something or to laugh and rejoice about something.”

“One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete,” she says now. “You know how they sit down and…