As of 2014, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has released seven albums since embarking on a solo career in 2001. She first rose to fame as the lead member of the pop and R&B group Destiny's Child.
The Recording Industry Association of America acknowledged Beyoncé as the decade's top-selling artist in the 2000s based on the 64 gold and platinum certifications she received. In 2001 Beyoncé became the first African-American female artist to win the annual American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Pop Songwriter of the Year award. The chart-topping artist has been married to rapper and record producer Jay-Z since April 4, 2008, and they have a daughter named Blue Ivy Carter; she was born on Jan. 7, 2012.