Beyonce

One of the most recognizable characters in modern-day R&B, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter first rose to fame as the siren-voiced centerpiece of Destiny's Child before embarking on a multi-platinum solo career in 2001. Since her 2003 debut she has collectively sold well over 100 million albums, with Dangerously in Love, B'Day, I Am...Sasha Fierce, 4, and Beyoncé all debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart upon their respective releases. Booming record sales, multiple Grammy awards, movie roles, a fashion line, and marriage to rapper/CEO Jay-Z have helped make Beyoncé one of the most powerful and influential women in the entertainment world. ~ Andrew Leahey