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  • Beyoncé was named after her mother's maiden name.
  • She has Creole heritage on her mother's side of her family.
  • She attended The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas.
  • The normally reserved singer channels Sasha Fierce, her less-inhibited alter ego, while performing.
  • Bey is obsessed with the number 4. Her birthday is September 4th. Her husband Jay-Z's birthday is December 4th and they got married on April 4th, 2008.
  • Though she's written most of her lyrics, Beyoncé often has trouble remembering them.
  • Destiny's Child was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on March 28, 2006.
  • Destiny's Child toured with TLC (1999) and Christina Aguilera (2000) as their opening act.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary added "bootylicious" to the dictionary after it gained popularity from the Destiny's Child song Beyoncé wrote to celebrate her curves.
  • Beyoncé enjoys playing board games with friends and crew members while on the road.
  • According to her husband Jay-Z's song "Glory", dedicated to their newborn daughter Blue Ivy, Knowles suffered a miscarriage prior to falling pregnant with Blue Ivy.
  • She first started singing in the church choir at St. John's Church in downtown Houston, Texas. She's been a lifelong member of (and contributor to) the church.
  • As a child, Beyoncé charged her parents' houseguests $5 each to watch her perform.
  • If Beyoncé and Jay-Z are in New York on a Sunday night, chances are they'll be scarfing down $18 thin-crust pizza at their favorite spot, Lucali's, in Brooklyn.
  • She loves the water.
  • Beyoncé is allergic to perfume.
  • In 2001, she became the first African-American woman to ever win the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award.
  • Jay-Z prefers his wife in flats and no makeup.
  • Beyoncé credits actor/rapper Will Smith for the reason she always treats fans with respect because when she met him at a soundtrack signing for the movie Men In Black, his perfect behavior really impressed her.
  • Her childhood cat was named Master P, after the rap star.
  • Before she had her daughter, Blue Ivy, Beyoncé confessed to Glamour that she was terrified of childbirth.
  • After two fans were hurt at a gig in St. Louis, Missouri in June 2007, Beyoncé rushed to the hospital to make sure they were okay.
  • Her favorite place for seafood in her hometown of Houston is Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, and she has taken many visitors there.
  • In September 2007, she canceled a gig in Malaysia after not wanting to cover up from shoulder down which is part of the country's rule for female performers.
  • In grade school, Beyoncé's classmates taunted her about her ears.
  • The singer keeps a painting of an Oscar at the gym, so she's literally running towards her next goal.