During the group's hiatus, Beyoncé launched her solo career—and ultimately stole the show at the 2004 GRAMMYs, winning five of the coveted awards and tying the all-time record for most GRAMMYs won by a female artist!
Oprah: So when you're out there on the stage by yourself, that's got to feel pretty good, too.... This has been an amazing year for you!
Beyoncé: It feels good, because sometimes you need that time to get to know yourself and to challenge yourself. And I know when you're in a group, you depend so much on each other that, you know, sometimes you need to say, "I can do this," and know your strengths and know what you need to work on and know what you need to, you know, learn.... And I think all of us did that. And we matured so much, vocally, and just knowing who we are now. Because, being in a group, you share the same likes and food and everything because you're with each other all the time.