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16 Looks That Defined Each Style Era of Beyoncé’s Career: From ‘Dangerously in Love’ to ‘Cowboy Carter’

Beyoncé’s style has gone through a complete evolution since she came on the scene in the early aughts. By the time she launched her career as a solo artist in 2003, with her debut solo album “Dangerously in Love,” Beyoncé’s fashion sensibility started to take shape.

Throughout the years, Beyoncé has worn designers like Elie Saab, Givenchy, Gucci and so many more. To this day, Beyoncé is a trendsetter, modeling fashion as a way to evoke each era of her career, from “B’Day” to “4,” “Lemonade,” “Renaissance” and more.

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In preparation for her new album “Cowboy Carter,” which debuts on Friday, see the looks that defined each era of Beyoncé’s solo career.

2004 Grammy Awards

Singer/actress Beyonce Knowles arrives at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2004 Grammy Awards.

For the 2004 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé was dripping in gold from head-to-toe in this flowing dress. The singer attended the awards show the year her debut album was nominated for six Grammy Awards.

2007 Golden Globe Awards

Singer Beyonce Knowles arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California.
Beyoncé at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.

For her appearance at the 2007 Golden Globes, Beyoncé arrived on the red carpet in a gold Elie Saab gown — a designer she often wore in the late aughts. The look, and others like it, were a major part of the singer’s “B’Day” album era, which debuted in September 2006.

2007 Oscars

Actress Beyonce Knowles attend the 79th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California.
Beyoncé at the 2007 Oscars.

At the 2007 Oscars, Beyoncé opted for this Armani Privé one-shoulder gown, featuring embellishments on the strap.

2009 Golden Globe Awards

Singer Beyonce arrives at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
Beyoncé at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards.

By 2009, Beyoncé was wholly in her Sasha Fierce era with her album “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” At the 2009 Golden Globe Awards, she wore a dress by Elie Saab, which featured a high slit and textual fabric.

2012 Met Gala

Beyonce Knowles attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City.
Beyoncé at the 2012 Met Gala.

For the 2012 Met Gala, Beyoncé wore a show-stopping Givenchy dress, featuring extraordinary beaded detailing, sheer fabric and ombre black-to-purple feathers toward the bottom. The year prior, 2011, marked Beyoncé’s “4” era.

2012 BET Awards

Singer Beyonce accepts the award for Best Female R&B Artist onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2012 BET Awards.

Beyoncé’s 2012 BET Awards look was by Stéphane Rolland and evoked a Grecian aesthetic.

2013 Grammy Awards

Singer Beyonce attends the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

For the 2013 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé opted for a black and white Osman look.

2014 Grammy Awards

Recording artist Beyoncé Knowles poses in the press room during th 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Wholly embracing her self-titled album era, Beyoncé fashioned a lace Michael Costello white gown with sheer detailing for the 2014 Grammy Awards.

2016 BET Awards

Recording artist Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2016 BET Awards.

2016 was the year of “Lemonade.” During a riveting performance at the 2016 BET Awards, Beyoncé wore a custom Julien McDonald bodysuit.

2017 Grammy Awards

 Beyonce poses at the 59th GRAMMY Awards on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Beyoncé glittered in ruby red at the 2017 Grammy Awards, fashioning a Peter Dundas look.

2017 Tidal X Event

Beyonce attends TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 17, 2017 in New York City.
Beyoncé at a 2017 TIDAL X event.

After welcoming twins Rumi and Sir in 2017, Beyoncé stepped out for a Tidal X event wearing a custom Walter Mendez ensemble in green.

2018 Grammy Awards

Recording artist Jay Z, daughter Blue Ivy Carter and recording artist Beyonce attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.
(L-R) Jay Z, Blue Ivy Carter and Beyoncé at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Beyoncé made the 2018 Grammy Awards a family affair with husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy Carter. The singer wore a black monochrome Nicolas Jebran look.

2019 “The Lion King” Hollywood Premiere

Beyonce arrives for the world premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at the Dolby theatre on July 9, 2019 in Hollywood.
Beyoncé at the 2019 Hollywood premiere of “The Lion King.”

Beyoncé made a foray back into acting with “The Lion King,” voicing the character Nala. She also worked on music for the 2019 iteration of the ’90s Disney animated feature. For the Hollywood premiere, she wore an intricately designed Alexander McQueen look.

2021 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé accepts the Best Rap Performance award for 'Savage' onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

For the 2021 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé styled a leather minidress by Schiaparelli Haute Couture with major statement earrings.

2023 Grammy Awards

Beyoncé accepts the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album award for “Renaissance” during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.
Beyoncé at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

At the 2023 Grammy Awards, Beyoncé evoked her “Renaissance” era with a metallic Gucci look.

2024 “Cowboy Carter” Album Cover

On March 19, 2024, Beyoncé officially announced her “Cowboy Carter” era, wearing a red, white and blue Busted latex outfit and pairing the look with high-heeled boots from Paris Texas.

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