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As reported, Pop royal Prince is making a beeline for the Billboard Music Awards 2013.

The Purple one is set to be honored with the Billboard Icon Award at the May 19th extravaganza and will also perform at the Las Vegas event.

So as to celebrate the feat ahead of the show, the 54 year old features on the latest cover of Billboard Magazine, who he also sat  down for an interview with (click here to read).

Randomness: Did you know Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson were all born within months of each other in the year 1958? Needless to say, their individual greatness continues to remain ever-present in today’s industry.

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    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter[2][3] (born September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé ( /biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-yon-say), is an American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.
    During the hiatus of Destiny’s Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—”Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy”—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B’Day, in 2006, which spawned the top ten singles “Déjà Vu”, “Irreplaceable” and “Beautiful Liar”. Her third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), spawned the hit singles “If I Were a Boy”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams”. The album helped Knowles earn six Grammys in 2010, breaking the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night. Knowles’ fourth solo album, 4 (2011), became her fourth consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200 as a solo artist. This made her the third artist in the chart’s history to have her first four studio albums debut atop the chart.
    Apart from her work in music, Knowles has also ventured into acting and designing clothes and various perfumes. She made her acting debut in the musical TV film Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001), prior to appearing in major films, Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002), The Fighting Temptations (2003), Dreamgirls (2006), which earned her two Golden Globe nominations, Cadillac Records (2008) and Obsessed (2009). Knowles introduced her family’s fashion line House of Deréon in 2005, and has endorsed such brands as L’Oréal, Pepsi, Tommy Hilfiger, Nintendo and Vizio. In 2010, Knowles was ranked first on Forbes list of the “100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World”,[4] and second on its list of the “100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the World”.[5]
    Knowles’ work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including 16 Grammy Awards, 12 MTV Video Music Awards, a Billboard Millennium Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny’s Child. In 2009, Billboard named her the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the 2000s decade,[6][7] and ranked her as the fourth Artist of the Decade.[8] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also recognized Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s.[9][10] She is the eighth best-selling digital artist in the United States, with more than 30.4 million digital singles sold as of January 2012.[11] Knowles has sold over 13 million albums in the US and over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[12][13] In 2010, she appeared on VH1′s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”,[14] and was ranked third on their “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012.[15] In April 2008, Knowles married American rapper Jay-Z, and gave birth to their first child, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.
    Contents [hide]
    1 Biography
    1.1 1981–96: Early life and career beginnings
    1.2 1997–2001: Destiny’s Child era and depression
    1.3 2002–07: Films, Dangerously in Love, Destiny Fulfilled and B’Day
    1.4 2008–10: Marriage, I Am… Sasha Fierce and films
    1.5 2011: New management and 4
    1.6 2012: Motherhood and upcoming projects
    2 Artistry
    2.1 Music and voice
    2.2 Influences
    2.3 Stage and alter ego
    2.4 Public image
    3 Legacy
    4 Other ventures
    4.1 House of Deréon
    4.2 Products and endorsements
    5 Philanthropy
    6 Discography
    7 Filmography
    8 Tours and revues
    9 See also
    10 References
    11 External links
    Biography

    1981–96: Early life and career beginnings
    Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Mathew Knowles, a professional record manager, and Tina Knowles (née Beyincé), a costume designer and hair stylist. Knowles’ father is African American. Her mother, a Louisiana Creole, has African, French, Native American, and Irish ancestry; she is a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard.[16][17] Knowles was baptized after her mother’s maiden name, as a tribute to her mother.[16] She is the elder sister of Solange Knowles, a singer, songwriter and actress.
    Knowles was educated at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas, in the Texas Hill Country, where she was enrolled in dance classes, including ballet and jazz. Her talent in singing was discovered when her dance instructor began humming a song and she finished it, hitting the high-pitched notes.[18] Knowles’ interest in music and performing began after participating in a school talent show. She sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” and won the competition.[19][20] At age seven, Knowles started gaining attention from the press, having been mentioned in the Houston Chronicle as a nominee for the local performing arts award The Sammy.[21] In the fall of 1990, Knowles enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music magnet school in Houston, where she would perform on-stage with the school’s choir.[18] She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston[22] and later went to Alief Elsik High School, located in the Houston suburban munincipality, Alief.[16][23] Knowles was a member of the choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church for two years, performing as a soloist.[18][24]
    At the age of eight, Knowles met LaTavia Roberson while in an audition for an all-girl entertainment group.[25] They, along with Knowles’ childhood friend Kelly Rowland, were placed into a group that performed rapping and dancing.[26] Originally named Girl’s Tyme, they were eventually cut down to six members.[18] West coast R&B producer Arne Frager flew into Houston to see them. He eventually brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studios, in Northern California, with Knowles’ vocals being featured.[18] As part of efforts to sign Girl’s Tyme to a major label record deal, Frager’s strategy was to début them in Star Search, the biggest talent show on national TV at the time.[18] Girl’s Tyme participated in the competition but lost it because the song they performed was not good, Knowles herself admitted.[27][28] Knowles had her first “professional setback” after that defeat but regained confidence after learning that pop stars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake had also the same experience.[18] To manage the group, Knowles’ father (who was at that time a medical-equipment salesman) resigned in 1995 from his job.[29] He dedicated his time and established a “boot camp” for their training.[30] The move reduced Knowles’ family’s income by half and her parents were forced to move into separated apartments.[16] Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Mathew cut the original lineup to four,[18] with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993.[25] Rehearsing in Tina’s Headliners Salon and their backyards, the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups of the time;[25] Tina contributed to the cause by designing their costumes, which she continued to do throughout the Destiny’s Child era. With the continued support of Mathew, they auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records. They moved to Atlanta to work on their first recording, only to be cut by the record company in 1995. They returned home to start over again.[16] This eventually put a strain on the family, and Beyoncé’s parents separated briefly when she was 14. In 1996, the family reunited, and shortly after, the girls got a contract with Columbia Records.[19]
    1997–2001: Destiny’s Child era and depression
    Main article: Destiny’s Child

    Destiny’s Child performing “Say My Name”
    The group changed its name to Destiny’s Child in 1993, based on a passage in the Book of Isaiah.[25] Together, they performed in local events and after four years on the road, the group was signed to Columbia Records in late 1997. That same year, Destiny’s Child recorded their major label début song “Killing Time” for the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black.[25][28] The following year, the group released their self-titled debut album,[27] scoring their first major hit “No, No, No”. The album established the group as a viable act in the music industry, amassing moderate sales and winning the group three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul Single for “No, No, No”, Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.[25] The group released their multi-platinum second album The Writing’s on the Wall in 1999. The record features some of the group’s most widely known songs such as “Bills, Bills, Bills”, the group’s first number-one single, “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” and “Say My Name”, which became their most-successful song at the time, and would remain one of their signature songs. “Say My Name” won the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and the Best R&B Song at the 43rd Grammy Awards.[25] The Writing’s on the Wall sold more than eight million copies.[27] During this time, Knowles recorded a duet with Marc Nelson on the song “After All Is Said and Done” for the soundtrack to the 1999 film, The Best Man.
    Luckett and Roberson filed a lawsuit against the group for breach of contract. Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin appeared in the music video of “Say My Name”, implying that Luckett and Roberson had already been replaced.[25] Eventually, Luckett and Roberson left the group. Franklin would eventually fade from the group after five months,[27] as evidenced by her absences during promotional appearances and concerts. She attributed her departure to negative vibes in the group resulting from the strife.[25] During this time, Knowles had experienced depression from an accumulation of struggles: the publicized split of Luckett and Roberson, being publicly attacked by the media, critics and blogs for causing the split-up,[31] and a longstanding boyfriend (that she had dated from age 13 to 19) leaving her.[32][33] The depression was so severe it lasted for a couple of years, during which she kept herself in her bedroom for days and refused to eat anything. Knowles stated that she struggled to speak about her depression because Destiny’s Child had just won their first Grammy Award and she feared no one would take her seriously.[34] All of these events had made her question herself and who her friends were, describing the situation she said, “Now that I was famous, I was afraid I’d never find somebody again to love me for me. I was afraid of making new friends.”[32] She acknowledges her mother Tina Knowles for helping her out of her depression, saying: “Why do you think a person wouldn’t love you? Don’t you know how smart and sweet and beautiful you are?”[32]
    After settling on their final lineup, the trio recorded “Independent Women Part I”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Charlie’s Angels. It became their best-charting single, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for eleven consecutive weeks.[25] Later that year, Luckett and Roberson withdrew their case against their now-former band mates, while maintaining the suit against Mathew, which ended in both sides agreeing to stop public disparaging.[25] In early 2001, while Destiny’s Child was completing their third album, Knowles landed a major role in the MTV made-for-television film, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, starring alongside American actor Mekhi Phifer. Set in Philadelphia, the film is a modern interpretation of the 19th century opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet.[35] Luckett and Roberson refiled their lawsuit after Destiny’s Child’s third album Survivor was released in May 2001, claiming that the songs were aimed at them.[25] The album débuted at number one on US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 663,000 copies sold.[36] To date, Survivor has sold over ten million copies worldwide, over forty percent of which were sold in the US alone.[37] The album spawned other number-one hits, “Bootylicious” and the title track, “Survivor”, the latter of which earned the group a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. After releasing their holiday album 8 Days of Christmas in October 2001, the group announced a hiatus to pursue solo careers.[25]
    2002–07: Films, Dangerously in Love, Destiny Fulfilled and B’Day

    Knowles performing “Baby Boy”, which spent nine consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[38]
    In July 2002, Knowles starred opposite Mike Myers in the comedy film, Austin Powers in Goldmember. She played Foxxy Cleopatra, the female protagonist alongside the film’s lead character Austin Powers, played by Myers.[39] Austin Powers in Goldmember spent its first weekend atop the US box office and grossed $73 million.[40] To promote the film, Knowles released “Work It Out” as the lead single from its soundtrack album.[41] In October 2002, she was featured on her then-boyfriend Jay-Z’s single “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”. The song peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Knowles’ first top ten single as a solo artist.[42] It also reached the top ten in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.[43][44] Rumors began to circulate about Knowles and Jay-Z’s relationship after the release of “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”.[20] In spite of persistent rumors, they remained discreet about their relationship.[45][46]
    After Williams and Rowland released their solo efforts, Knowles released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love on June 24, 2003 in the United States.[47] The album sold 317,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart.[48] Dangerously in Love has sold 4.9 million copies in the US and has been certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[12][49] It remains as Knowles’ best-selling album to date, with sales of 11 million copies sold worldwide.[50] The album was preceded by the lead single “Crazy in Love”, which features Jay-Z. The song became Knowles’ first number one single as a solo artist in the US, peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight consecutive weeks.[51] It also topped the UK Singles Chart, and reached the top-ten in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.[44][52] The second single “Baby Boy”, which features dancehall singer Sean Paul, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks, and reached the top-ten in many countries.[38] Dangerously in Love also produced two other singles, “Me, Myself and I” and “Naughty Girl”, which both reached the top-five on the Billboard Hot 100.[53] The album earned Knowles a then record-tying five awards at the 46th Grammy Awards; Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Dangerously in Love 2″, Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Crazy in Love”, and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “The Closer I Get to You” with Luther Vandross.[54] In September 2003, Knowles starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the musical comedy film The Fighting Temptations as Lilly, a single mother whom Gooding’s character, Darrin, falls in love with.[55] The film received mixed reviews from critics and grossed $32.7 million at the box office worldwide.[56][57] To promote The Fighting Temptations, Knowles released “Fighting Temptation” as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack album. In November 2003, she embarked on the Dangerously in Love Tour in Europe. She later toured alongside Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys as an ensemble for the Verizon Ladies First Tour in North America.[58]
    On February 1, 2004, Knowles performed the American national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII, which was held at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.[59] After the release of Dangerously in Love, Knowles had planned to produce a follow-up album using several of the left-over tracks. However, on January 7, 2004, a spokesperson for her record label announced that Knowles had put her plans on hold in order to concentrate on the recording of Destiny Fulfilled, the final studio album by Destiny’s Child.[60] It was released on November 15, 2004 in the United States.[61] The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified three times platinum by the RIAA.[62][63] Destiny Fulfilled spawned the singles “Lose My Breath” and “Soldier”, which both reached the top-five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[64] In April 2005, Destiny’s Child embarked on their worldwide concert tour, Destiny Fulfilled… and Lovin’ It. During the last stop of their European tour in Barcelona on June 11, 2005, Rowland announced that Destiny’s Child would disband following the North American leg of the tour.[65] The group released their first compilation album Number 1′s on October 25, 2005 in the United States.[66] The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA.[63][67] In February 2006, Knowles starred opposite Steve Martin in the comedy film The Pink Panther, as international pop star Xania.[68] The film grossed $158.8 million at the box office worldwide.[69] Knowles’ song “Check on It”, which features rapper Slim Thug, was supposed to be featured on the soundtrack album for The Pink Panther but was ultimately not included.[70] “Check on It” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks, becoming Knowles’ third US number-one single as a solo artist.[53][71] In March 2006, Destiny’s Child reunited to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[72]

    Knowles performing during The Beyoncé Experience in May 2007
    Knowles’ second solo album B’Day was released on September 5, 2006 in the United States, to coincide with Knowles’ twenty-fifth birthday.[73] It sold 541,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Knowles’ second consecutive number-one album in the US.[74] B’Day has sold 3.3 million copies in the US and has been certified three times platinum by the RIAA.[12][49] Internationally, the album has sold seven million copies worldwide.[75] The album was preceded by the lead single “Déjà Vu”, which features Jay-Z. The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the UK Singles Chart.[44][53] The second international single “Irreplacable” was a commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Hungary, Ireland and New Zealand, and the top ten in Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.[44][76] In the US, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten consecutive weeks, becoming Knowles’ fourth number-one single as a solo artist.[77] B’Day also produced three other singles, “Ring the Alarm”, “Get Me Bodied” and “Green Light”, which each attained moderate success. In December 2006, Knowles starred opposite Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy in the musical film, Dreamgirls. She played Deena Jones, a pop singer loosely based on Diana Ross.[78] The film received positive reviews from critics and grossed $154.9 million at the box office worldwide.[79][80] To promote Dreamgirls, Knowles released “Listen” as the lead single from the soundtrack album, Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture. She earned several nominations the following year for her role in the film, including Best Original Song for “Listen” and Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards,[81] Best Performance at the MTV Movie Awards,[82] and Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.[83]
    In April 2007, Knowles embarked on The Beyoncé Experience, her first worldwide concert tour. The tour visited ninety-seven venues and grossed $90 million.[84] On April 3, 2007, B’Day was re-released as a deluxe edition, seven months after the release of the original version. In addition to the original track listing, the deluxe edition features five new songs, including “Beautiful Liar”, a duet with Colombian singer Shakira.[85] The song was commercially successful, reaching number one in several countries, such as France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.[44][86] At the 49th Grammy Awards, B’Day was nominated for five awards; Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Ring the Alarm”, Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for Déjà Vu, and Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for the Freemasons club mix of “Déjà Vu”. The album won the award for Best Contemporary R&B Album.[87] The following year, B’Day received two nominations for Record of the Year for “Irreplaceable” and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “Beautiful Liar”.[88]
    2008–10: Marriage, I Am… Sasha Fierce and films

    Knowles and Jay-Z performing “Crazy in Love” at the I Am… Tour in 2009
    On April 4, 2008, Knowles married Jay-Z in New York City. It became a matter of public record on April 22, 2008.[89] Knowles did not publicly debut her wedding ring until the Fashion Rocks concert on September 5, 2008, in New York City.[90] She finally revealed their marriage through an opening montage video at the listening party for her third studio album, I Am… Sasha Fierce, in Manhattan’s Sony Club on October 22, 2008.[91] In November 2008, Forbes magazine reported that Knowles earned $80 million between June 1, 2007 to June 1, 2008, for her music, tour, films and clothing line.[92] This made her the world’s second best-paid music personality at the time.[93] I Am… Sasha Fierce was released on November 18, 2008 in the United States.[94] The album introduces Knowles’ alter ego Sasha Fierce, who was born during the making of her 2003 single “Crazy in Love”. It sold 482,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Knowles her third consecutive number-one album in the US.[95] I Am… Sasha Fierce has sold three million copies in the US and has been certified double platinum by the RIAA.[12][49] Internationally, the album has sold seven million copies worldwide.[96] I Am… Sasha Fierce was preceded by the two lead singles “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”. “If I Were a Boy” was a commercial success, reaching number one in various European countries, such as Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.[44][97] “Single Ladies” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for four non-consecutive weeks, becoming Knowles’ fifth number-one single in the United States.[98] The album’s third international single “Halo” was also commercially successful, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and in the top ten in various other countries.[53][99] “Halo”‘s US success helped Knowles achieve more top ten singles on the Hot 100 chart than any other female artist during 2001–10.[100] Another successful single from I Am… Sasha Fierce was “Sweet Dreams”, which also reached the top ten in many countries.[101] The album spawned four other singles, “Diva”, “Ego”, “Broken-Hearted Girl” and “Video Phone”, which each attained moderate success.
    In December 2008, Knowles starred as blues singer Etta James in the musical biopic film, Cadillac Records. Her performance in the film received praise from critics.[102] John Kehe of The Christian Science Monitor wrote, “No one can channel Etta – she’s a singular talent – but Beyoncé does it her own way and conjurs enough emotion and grit to make it work in the context of the movie.”[103] Knowles garnered several nominations for her portrayal of James, including a Satellite Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, and a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.[104][105] The music video for “Single Ladies” has been parodied and imitated around the world, spawning the “first major dance craze” of the Internet age.[106] The video won several awards, including Best Video at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards,[107] the 2009 MOBO Awards,[108] and the 2009 BET Awards.[109] At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the video was nominated for nine awards, ultimately winning three including Video of the Year. Its failure to win the Best Female Video category, which went to American country pop singer Taylor Swift’s “You Belong with Me”, sparked controversy during the ceremony.[110] On January 20, 2009, Knowles performed James’ “At Last” at Barack Obama’s first dance with his wife Michelle during the Neighborhood Ball of his inauguration as President of the United States.[111]

    Knowles performing at the I Am… Tour
    In March 2009, Knowles embarked on the I Am… Tour, her second headlining concert tour. The tour consisted of 108 shows and grossed $119.5 million.[112] In April 2009, Knowles starred opposite Ali Larter and Idris Elba in the thriller film, Obsessed. She played Sharon Charles, a mother and wife who learns of a woman’s obsessive behavior for the former’s husband, and suspects an affair between the two. The film received negative reviews from critics,[113] though the fight scene finale between Sharon and the woman was praised and won the 2010 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight.[114][115] Obsessed spent its first week atop the US box office and grossed $34,802,334.[116] In June 2009, Forbes placed Knowles fourth on the Celebrity 100 list, having earned $87 million in the past year. Lacey Rose of Forbes noted that it was due to her publishing and music sales, tour, films, clothing line and endorsement deals.[117] At the 52nd Grammy Awards, Knowles received ten nominations, including Album of the Year for I Am… Sasha Fierce, Record of the Year for “Halo”, and Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, among others.[118] She tied with Lauryn Hill for most Grammy nominations in a single year by a female artist.[119] Knowles ultimately set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night, when she won six awards from her ten nominations; Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Single Ladies”, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Halo”, Best Contemporary R&B Album, and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “At Last”.[120]
    During an interview with Elysa Gardner of USA Today on January 28, 2010, Knowles announced that she would be taking a break from her music career saying “to live life, to be inspired by things again”.[121] A 60 Minutes segment that aired the same day, revealed Knowles was homeschooled as a child and prays before every live performance.[122] In February 2010, Knowles was featured on Lady Gaga’s single “Telephone”. The song was a commercial success worldwide, reaching number one in Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.[44][123] It also topped the US Pop Songs chart, thus becoming the sixth number-one on the chart for both Knowles and Gaga. With this, they both tied with Mariah Carey for most number-ones since the Nielsen BDS-based Top 40 airplay chart launched in 1992.[124] “Telephone” received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.[125] In October 2010, Forbes placed Knowles ninth on the “Most Powerful Women in the World” list.[126] She was also ranked ninth on the “Hollywood’s 20 Highest Earners of 2010″ list, becoming the only recording artist to enter the top ten.[127]
    2011: New management and 4

    Knowles performing during the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé revue, August 2011
    In January 2011, it was announced that Knowles would star in a remake of A Star Is Born, to be directed and produced by Clint Eastwood for Warner Bros.[128] However, on October 9, 2012, Knowles told E! News that she dropped out of her planned appearance in the film, citing scheduling issues. She stated, “For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together.”[129] In February 2011, documents obtained by WikiLeaks revealed that Knowles was one of many entertainers that received extravagant sums to perform for the family of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Rolling Stone magazine reported that the music industry was urging them to return the money they earned for the concerts.[130] On March 2, 2011, a spokesperson for Knowles told The Huffington Post that she donated the money to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.[131] On March 28, 2011, Knowles’ publicist Yvette Noel-Schure issued a statement that Knowles and her father as well as manager, Mathew Knowles had parted ways “on a business level.”[132] Knowles took this decision during her break from her music career in 2010.[133] In June 2011, Forbes placed her eighth on the “Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30″ list, having earned $35 million in the past year for her clothing line and endorsement deals.[134]
    On June 26, 2011, Knowles performed a 90-minute set at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. She was the first solo female artist ever to headline the Pyramid stage at the festival in over twenty years.[135] Knowles’ fourth studio album 4 was released on June 28, 2011 in the United States.[136] For the album, she drew inspiration from musicians, such as Fela Kuti, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lionel Richie, with additional influences from The Jackson 5, New Edition, Florence and the Machine, Adele, and Prince, among others.[137] 4 sold 310,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Knowles her fourth consecutive number-one album in the US. This made her the third artist in the chart’s history, to have her first four studio albums debut at number one.[138] The album was preceded by its first two singles “Run the World (Girls)” and “Best Thing I Never Had”, which both attained moderate success. “Run the World (Girls)” reached the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and South Korea.[139] “Best Thing I Never Had” peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number three on the UK Singles Chart.[44][53] The album’s fourth single “Love on Top” was a commercial success in the US, peaking at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks.[140] 4 also produced two other singles, “Countdown” and “End of Time”, which were both unsuccessful. Knowles took the stage at New York’s Roseland Ballroom for four nights of special performances. The set on each night of the 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé concerts was the entire collection of 4. For these four special nights, August 14, 16, 18 and 19, she performed her songs to a standing room only audience.[141]
    On August 28, 2011 at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, Knowles announced that she and Jay-Z were expecting their first child. She made the announcement during her red carpet appearance and again at the end of her performance of “Love on Top” by rubbing her growing stomach.[142][143] The Huffington Post later confirmed that Knowles was five months pregnant and her pregnancy announcement had broken the “most tweets per second recorded for a single event” Twitter record, receiving 8,868 tweets per second.[144] MTV reported that Knowles’ performance of “Love on Top” and the announcement of her pregnancy at the awards ceremony helped the 2011′s MTV Video Music Awards become the most-watched broadcast in MTV history, pulling in 12.4 million viewers.[145] In addition, data from Google Insights showed that the most searched for term from August 29, 2011 to September 4, 2011 was “Beyonce pregnant” which reached ‘breakout’ levels – a term used by Google to describe a search with an increase of over 5,000 percent.[146] Knowles’ announcement of her pregnancy resulted in an increase in sales of her records, particularly 4, which had sold around 700,000 copies by August 2011.[147] The album has since sold 1.3 million copies in the US and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[12][49] Internationally, the album has sold 2.1 million copies worldwide as of January 2012.[148] On October 8, 2011, a pre-taped performance of Knowles performing Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” was shown during the Michael Forever Tribute Concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.[149] In November 2011, social media website Saucytime.com named Knowles the “Highest Paid Performer Per Minute in the World”, having earned £1.25 million for a five-song performance at a private New Year’s Eve 2010 party on the island of St. Barts, equating to £71,040 for each minute she was on the stage.[150] Knowles received two nominations at the 54th Grammy Awards; Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Party”, and Best Long Form Music Video for I Am… World Tour.[151] The following year, “Love on Top” received a nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance.[152]
    2012: Motherhood and upcoming projects

    Knowles with her daughter Blue Ivy in April 2012
    On January 7, 2012, Knowles gave birth to a daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.[153] Two days later, Jay-Z released “Glory”, a song dedicated to their child, on his social website Lifeandtimes.com. The song detailed the couple’s pregnancy struggles, including a miscarriage Knowles suffered before becoming pregnant with their daughter.[154] Due to Blue Ivy’s cries being heard in end of the song, she was officially credited on the song as B.I.C. At two days old, she became the youngest person ever to appear on a Billboard chart when “Glory” debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 74.[155] On February 10, 2012, Knowles and Jay-Z revealed the first photos of Blue Ivy on Tumblr.[156] In May 2012, Forbes placed Knowles at number 16 on the “Celebrity 100″ list, having earned $40 million in the past year for her album 4, clothing line and endorsement deals.[157][158] Later that month, Knowles won a Writing Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, for her July 2011 Essence magazine cover story “Eat, Play, Love”, which talks about her break from her music career in 2010.[159] Knowles took the stage at Revel Atlantic City’s Ovation Hall for four nights of performances, May 25, 26, 27 and 28, to celebrate the resort’s opening.[160][161] The Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live concerts were noted as Knowles’ first performances since giving birth to Blue Ivy.[162] In August 2012, Forbes placed Knowles and Jay-Z at number one on the “World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couples” list, for collectively earning $78 million in the past year.[163] On September 18, 2012, the couple raised $4 million, during an exclusive fundraising event at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club in New York City, for US President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.[164]
    During an interview with The Boombox, Ryan Tedder said that he is writing new material for Knowles’ upcoming fifth studio album and revealed that “there [are] two projects happening”.[165] Knowles is also working with The-Dream,[166] Kanye West,[167] Hit-Boy,[167] Diane Warren,[168] Miguel,[169] Jay-Z,[170] Swizz Beatz,[171] Missy Elliott,[172] Jo’zzy,[170] and Ne-Yo.[173] On February 3, 2013, she will be performing at Super Bowl XLVII, to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans during the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show.[174] Knowles will star in an upcoming feature-length documentary film on HBO on February 16, 2013. The film, which Knowles directed and produced herself, will feature footage of her childhood, her role as a mother and businesswoman, recording in the studio, rehearsing for live performances, and balancing her family life, including her return to the spotlight following the birth of Blue Ivy.[175] Knowles will also star as Queen Tara in the upcoming 3D CGI animated film Epic, to be released by 20th Century Fox on May 24, 2013.[176]
    Artistry

    Music and voice
    “With ‘Single Ladies,’ clearly I’d just gotten married, and people want to get married every day – then there was the whole Justin Timberlake thing [recreating the video] on “Saturday Night Live,” and it was also the year YouTube blew up. With ‘Irreplaceable,’ the aggressive lyrics, the acoustic guitar, and the 808 drum machine – those things don’t typically go together, and it sounded fresh. ‘Crazy in Love’ was another one of those classic moments in pop culture that none of us expected. I asked Jay to get on the song the night before I had to turn my album in – thank God he did. It still never gets old, no matter how many times I sing it.”
    —Knowles reflects on her musical style and the impact it has had on her life and pop culture during her Billboard Cover story in 2011.[177]

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    While predominately R&B, Knowles’ music explores various styles. The Daily Mail calls Knowles’ voice “versatile”, capable of exploring power ballads, soul, rock belting, operatic florishes, and hip hop.[178]
    “Emotion”
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    Knowles’ prominent use of melisma and other vocal ornamentation earns her both praise and criticism from critics and fans.[179][180]
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    Knowles’ music is generally contemporary R&B, but she also incorporates pop, electropop,[181] funk, hip hop, and soul into her songs. While she almost exclusively releases English songs, Knowles recorded several Spanish songs for Irreemplazable and the re-release of B’Day. Prior to recording these, Knowles was coached phonetically by American record producer Rudy Perez.[182] Since Destiny’s Child, Knowles has artistically been involved in her career.[25] She received co-writing credits for most of the songs recorded by the group, as well as her solo efforts. Known for writing personally driven and female-empowerment themed compositions, Knowles has stated that having Jay-Z in her life has changed a few of her thoughts about how men and women relate to one another, which helped her transition from writing songs such as “Independent Women” and “Survivor” to man-tending anthems such as “Cater 2 U”, in which she sings about bringing him slippers and drawing his bath.[183] Some of her songs are autobiographical, which she has admitted are taken from personal experiences, as well as her friends’.[184] Knowles has also received co-producing credits for most of the records in which she has been involved, especially during her solo efforts. However, she does not formulate beats herself, but typically comes up with melodies and ideas during production, sharing them with producers.[185] Knowles was recognized as a songwriter during the run of Destiny’s Child in the 1990s and early to mid-2000s. She won the Pop Songwriter of the Year award at the 2001 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Pop Music Awards, becoming the first African-American female and second female songwriter of all time to accomplish the feat.[16][184] Knowles received songwriting credits in a single year for co-writing “Irreplaceable”, “Grillz” and “Check on It”, all of which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the only woman to have written three songs which went to number-one in the same year since Carole King did it in 1971 and Mariah Carey in 1991. In terms of credits, she is tied with Diane Warren at third with nine number-one singles.[186] In May 2011, Keith Caulfield and Gary Trust of Billboard magazine listed Knowles at number 17 on their list of the “Top 20 Hot 100 Songwriters”, for having co-written eight singles that hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She was one of only three women on that list.[187]
    Knowles possesses a mezzo-soprano[188] vocal range that spans more than three octaves. She has often been identified as the centerpiece of Destiny’s Child.[189] Jon Pareles of The New York Times commented that she has the voice that defines the group, writing that her voice is “velvety yet tart, with an insistent flutter and reserves of soul belting”.[190] Other critics praise her range and power. In reviewing her second album B’Day, Jody Rosen of Entertainment Weekly wrote “Beyoncé Knowles is a storm system disguised as a singer. On her second solo album, B’Day, the songs arrive in huge gusts of rhythm and emotion, with Beyoncé’s voice rippling over clattery beats; you’d have to search far and wide—perhaps in the halls of the Metropolitan Opera – to find a vocalist who sings with more sheer force … No one—not R. Kelly, not Usher, to say nothing of her rival pop divas—can match Beyoncé’s genius for dragging her vocal lines against a hip-hop beat.”[191] Chris Richards of The Washington Post wrote, “Even when she’s coasting, she soars above her imitators. It’s all in her voice—a superhuman instrument capable of punctuating any beat with goose-bump-inducing whispers or full-bore diva-roars. Smitten, scorned, amorous, antagonistic—Beyoncé sings from all of these vantage points with undeniable virtuosity.”[192]
    Influences
    Knowles’ credits Michael Jackson as her major musical influence and idol.[193] Knowles has also named Diana Ross as another one of her influences because “she’s an all-around entertainer: a great actor, a good singer, and a beautiful, elegant woman. She’s one of the few singers able to cross over into really good movies.”[194] Knowles cites Whitney Houston as another idol saying she “inspired [her] to get up there and do what [she] did.”[195] Her other musical influences include Cher,[196] Tina Turner,[197] Prince,[198] Lauryn Hill,[194] Sade Adu,[199] Aaliyah,[200] Mary J. Blige,[201] Janet Jackson,[202] Anita Baker and Rachelle Ferrell.[194] Knowles credits Mariah Carey’s singing and her song “Vision of Love” as influencing her to begin practicing vocal runs as a child, as well as helping her pursue a career as a musician.[203] She is also inspired by Oprah Winfrey and US First Lady Michelle Obama.[204] Knowles says Winfrey is “the definition of inspiration and a strong woman. When I’m around her, I want to stand up straight, pronounce my words right, and articulate.”[194]
    Many of the themes and musical styles on Knowles’ second solo album B’Day (2006) were inspired by her role in Dreamgirls (2006).[205] She was inspired to produce an album with an overriding theme of feminism and female empowerment.[206] Knowles also cited Josephine Baker as an influence on the album.[207] Knowles’ paid homage to Baker by performing “Déjà Vu” at the Fashion Rocks concert on September 8, 2006, with Knowles and her female dancers wearing Baker’s trademark mini-hula skirt embellished with fake bananas.[208] For Knowles’ third solo album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), she was inspired by Jay-Z and especially by Etta James, whose “boldness” inspired Knowles to explore other musical genres and styles.[209] On her fourth solo album 4 (2011), Knowles acknowledged that she was inspired by Fela Kuti, 1990s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie with additional influences by The Jackson 5, New Edition, Adele, Florence and the Machine and Prince.[210] Knowles also mentioned that she was influenced by Jay-Z’s own work as well.[211]
    Stage and alter ego

    Knowles performing “Run the World (Girls)” on the 2011 Good Morning America Summer Concert Series
    In 2006, Knowles introduced her all-female tour band Suga Mama, which includes bassists, drummers, guitarists, horn players, keyboardists and percussionists.[212] They made their début appearance at the 2006 BET Awards and re-appeared in the music videos for “Irreplaceable” and “Green Light”.[182] The band has also supported Knowles in live performances, including her 2007 concert tour The Beyoncé Experience and her 2009 I Am… Tour.
    Knowles often receives praise for her stage presence and live performances. Jarett Wieselman of the New York Post placed Knowles at number one on her list of The Five Best Singer/Dancers, writing, “the megastar consistently devote[s] every ounce of her to the routine.”[213] In reviewing her I Am… Tour, Renee Michelle Harris of South Florida Times wrote, Knowles “owns the stage with her trademark swagger and intensity … showcasing her powerful vocals without missing a note, often while engaged in vigorous, perfectly executed dance moves … no one, not Britney, not Ciara and not Rihanna can offer what she does—a complete package of voice, moves and presence.”[214] Barbara Ellen of The Guardian wrote, “whether charismatic and soulful, or teasing and flirty, Beyoncé is, above all, in charge. Probably the most in charge of any female artist I’ve seen onstage”.[215] Alice Jones of The Independent wrote, “Watching Beyoncé sing and strut her stuff can feel at best overawing, at worst, alienating. She takes her role as entertainer so seriously she’s almost too good.”[216] Tamara Hardingham-Gill of the Daily Mail wrote, “many industry experts have been tipping Beyoncé as the next Michael Jackson. While it’s far too early for such comparisons, she certainly proved that she is one of the most exciting and talented performers around and may well go down in history as such”.[217]

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    Reviewers have praised Knowles live vocal performances. In reviewing one of her performances, Jim Farber of the Daily News wrote “Beyoncé showed off pipes of steely power. As the song’s signature horn riff pumped away, she soared over the melody with athletic ease. The way Beyoncé used her body intensified the sense of triumph. With her hair teased into Medusa-like tresses, a pelvis in perpetual churn and legs long enough to make Tina Turner proud, Beyoncé’s presence punctuated her singing like an exclamation point.”[218] Stephanie Classen of Star Phoenix declares “Beyoncé is no ordinary performer … from note one, the 27-year-old powerhouse rose above all the gimmicks, mastering the show like a s*** alien overlord princess. Nothing but extraterrestrial origins could explain that voice … [Beyoncé] could perform circles around any other pop star today.”[219] Editors of Newsday wrote, “she proves that hot choreography and strong vocals don’t have to be mutually exclusive … No worries of lip-synching here.”[220]
    Known for being “s***, seductive and provocative” when performing on stage, Knowles has stated that’s her alter ego Sasha Fierce.[32] She described Sasha as being “too aggressive, too strong, too sassy [and] too s***”, stating: “I’m not like her in real life at all … I’m not flirtatious and super-confident and fearless like her. What I feel onstage I don’t feel anywhere else. It’s an out-of-body experience. I created my stage persona to protect myself so that when I go home I don’t have to think about what it is I do. Sasha isn’t me. The people around me know who I really am.”[32] Although Sasha was born during the making of “Crazy in Love”, Knowles introduced her alter ego with the release of her third album I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008). In February 2010, Knowles announced in an interview with Allure magazine that “Sasha Fierce is done. I killed her”. She then went on saying that she is comfortable enough with herself to be all of those things without an alias, stating: “I don’t need Sasha Fierce anymore, because I’ve grown and now I’m able to merge the two.”[221] In May 2012, Knowles announced that she would be bringing Sasha Fierce back for her Revel shows.[222]
    Public image

    Knowles at the premiere for her 2006 film, Dreamgirls
    Knowles has stated: “I like to dress s*** and I carry myself like a lady,” but she has said that the way she dresses on stage is “absolutely for the stage”.[223] The media often use the term “Bootylicious” (a portmanteau of the words booty and delicious), to describe Knowles because of her curves.[224][225][226] The term was made widely known by the Destiny’s Child single of the same name, and has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.[227] As someone who is fond of fashion, Knowles combines its artistic elements with her music videos and performances. According to Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, she uses different styles and tries to harmonize it with the music while performing.[228] The B’Day Anthology Video Album showed many instances of fashion-oriented footage, depicting classic to contemporary wardrobe styles.[229] People magazine recognized Knowles as the best-dressed celebrity in 2007.[230] Knowles’ mother wrote a 2002-published book, titled Destiny’s Style: Bootylicious Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Secrets From Destiny’s Child, an account of how fashion had an impact on Destiny’s Child’s success.[231] As one of the most media-exposed black celebrities in the United States, Knowles has often received criticism that some believe is due to racism and sexism.[232] Toure of Rolling Stone stated that since the release of Dangerously in Love (2003), “[Beyoncé] has become a crossover s** symbol a la Halle Berry …”[233] In 2006, the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), criticized Knowles for wearing fur coats and using fur in her clothing line House of Deréon.[234]
    External images
    Knowles’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover from February 15, 2007
    During the release of Rihanna’s second album A Girl Like Me (2006), many critics felt that her image was too heavily similar to Knowles’.[235] Some media even claimed that Jay-Z fashioned her to be a replica of Knowles.[236] Amina Taylor of The Guardian described Rihanna as the “Bajan Beyoncé”.[235] In 2007, Knowles was featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and became the first non-model and non-athlete woman to pose on the issue, and the second model of African American descent after Tyra Banks.[237] In the same year, Knowles appeared on billboards and newspapers across the United States showing her holding an antiquated cigarette holder. Taken from the back cover of B’Day, the image provoked response from an anti-smoking group, stating that she did not need to add the cigarette holder “to make herself appear more sophisticated”.[238] Knowles has several wax figures of herself at Madame Tussauds Wax Museums in major cities around the world, including New York,[239] Washington, D.C.,[240] Amsterdam,[241] Bangkok[242] and Hollywood.[243]
    In March 2009, comparisons were made between the fashions of Knowles and Ciara, when the latter released the music video of her single “Love s** Magic” (2009).[244] In the video, Ciara is seen wearing a black leotard and metallic glasses, similar to those worn by Knowles in both her “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Diva” videos.[245] However, Ciara stated that her outfits were “inspired by the Vegas shows” she attended.[246] In September 2010, Knowles made her runway modelling debut at Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2011 fashion show.[247] In February 2011, LA Times magazine placed Knowles at number 25 on the “50 Most Beautiful Women in Film” list.[248] The following month, she appeared on the cover of French fashion magazine L’Officiel, in honor of the magazine’s 90th anniversary and in tribute to Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Knowles appeared in blackface and tribal makeup, that drawn criticism from the media. A statement released from a spokesperson for the magazine, said that Knowles’ look was “far from the glamorous Sasha Fierce” and explained that it was “a return to her African roots”.[249] Men’s Health magazine placed Knowles at number 33 on the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” list.[250] In 2012, she was named “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine,[251] and the “Hottest Female Singer of All Time” by Complex magazine.[252]
    Legacy

    Throughout Knowles’ career, she has earned numerous awards and honors. As a solo artist, she has sold over 13 million albums in the United States and over 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time.[12][13] Nielsen SoundScan ranked Knowles as the eighth best-selling digital artist in the US, with more than 30.4 million digital singles sold as of January 2012.[11] Her songs “Crazy in Love”, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, “Halo” and “Irreplaceable” are some of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide. Knowles is the seventh biggest-selling female singles artist of all time in the United Kingdom, with more than 6.9 million singles sold as of October 2012.[253] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) listed Knowles as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s decade, with a total of 64 certifications, including albums, digital songs, master ringtones and music videos.[9][10] In November 2009, The Observer named her the Artist of the Decade, writing that “she made not one but two of the decade’s greatest singles, with ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’, not to mention her hits with Destiny’s Child”.[254] In December 2009, Billboard named Knowles the Top Female Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, and ranked her as the fourth Artist of the Decade.[6][7][8] At the 2007 American Music Awards, Knowles became the first female artist to be honored the International Artist Award.[255] At the 2008 World Music Awards, she was honored the legend award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts.[256] Knowles was also honored the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, for her “achievements and influence in the music industry”.[257] She has won 16 Grammy Awards, both as a solo artist and member of Destiny’s Child, making her the third most honored female artist by the Grammys.[258][259]

    Knowles performing during her I Am… Tour in 2009.
    Knowles’ debut solo album Dangerously in Love was ranked at number 183 on the “Top 200 Definitive Albums” list by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[260] The music video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” achieved fame for its intricate choreography[261] and its deployment of jazz hands with a wrist twist.[262] It has been credited with starting the “first major dance craze of both the new millennium and the Internet”,[106] triggering a number of parodies of the dance choreography.[263][264] The music video inspired a legion of amateur imitators to post videos of themselves performing the choreography on YouTube.[261][263] In 2010, Knowles was ranked at number 52 on VH1′s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.[14] On November 19, 2010, Billboard named her in their “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years” list at number 15.[265] In 2011, “Crazy in Love” was declared the “Greatest Song of the 2000s” by VH1.[266] Knowles and her husband Jay-Z made it into the 2011 Guinness Book of Records as the “highest-earning power couple” for collectively earning $122 million in 2009.[267] In September 2011, Knowles set a new Guinness World Record for most tweets per second about her pregnancy.[268] In October 2011, Prefix magazine ranked her first on their list of the “Best Female R&B Singers”, writing “What’s almost unbelievably insane is that not only can Beyoncé sing better than anybody else out there, but she can also dance better than anyone else out there, and unlike virtually every single performer, she can do both at the same time.”[269] She was also ranked 13th on The Root’s list of “The 100 Most Influential African Americans”.[270] In 2012, Knowles was ranked third on VH1′s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Music”.[15] In January 2012, it was announced that Scaptia beyonceae, a species of horse fly found in Northern Queensland, Australia, was named after Knowles. Bryan Lessard, the research scientist who named the species, did so due to the fly’s unique golden hairs on its abdomen, calling it the “all-time diva of flies”.[271] Later that month, Rutgers University in New Jersey introduced a course named after Knowles called “Politicizing Beyoncé”.[272] The course allows students to explore the “social and cultural significance” of Knowles’ music and image, including her alter ego Sasha Fierce and whether Knowles “racy performances” are of female sexual empowerment or “merely complying with western gender stereotypes”.[272]
    Artists have cited her as an inspiration, including Alexandra Burke,[273] Jessica Sanchez,[274] Leona Lewis,[275] Misha B,[276] Nicole Scherzinger,[277] Rachel Crow,[278] and Rita Ora.[279] Rihanna stated, “when she came out with Dangerously in Love … I was like ‘wow, I want to be just like that.’ She’s huge and just an inspiration and one of the artists that I admire a lot.”[280] Jessie J stated that she would like to be as successful as Knowles within the next decade.[281] JoJo cited Knowles as an inspiration in her music, stating: “I think she’s incredible as an entertainer, a role model, and a writer. I think she can do it all.”[282] Adele stated that she was inspired by Knowles’ alter ego Sasha Fierce, to create her own named Sasha Carter. The composite of Sasha Fierce and late country icon June Carter, is pulled out whenever she needs to give herself a shot of confidence.[283] Adele said: “I don’t know her but she’s a huge part of my life … Everything I refer to has always got something to do with Destiny’s Child or her. She just knows what she wants. She’s in control of it all. She’s classy. She’s still totally f****** relevant. And just a nice person.”[284] Hillary Scott of the country pop group Lady Antebellum stated she admires Knowles as a female artist.[285] Azealia Banks stated, “I definitely think career-wise and personally, I’m very, very inspired by Beyoncé. She’s so well-mannered and so classy and so well-poised. It’s important to have those kinds of skills.”[286] Australian recording artist Ricki-Lee Coulter cited Knowles as one of her musical influences, stating: “She’s so driven, she pushes herself to the limits and she’s achieved so much but she’s always looking for what that next thing is and how she can improve from what she’s done in the past. She’s really setting the benchmark for female artists and I think she kind of is the Michael Jackson of this generation.”[287] Cheryl Cole cited Knowles as a big inspiration for her career, stating: “I just think she’s such a beautiful person, inside and out. Apart from what she does on the stage, which is obviously incredible and aspirational, I just like her as a woman … She’s empowering, and I like that.”[288] Kelly Rowland cited Knowles as an inspiration for her second solo album Ms. Kelly (2007), and as one of her style icons.[289][290] American indie rock band White Rabbits also cited her an inspiration for their third album Milk Famous (2012).[291] British girl group Little Mix cited Knowles as an influence for their single “Wings” (2012).[292] Nicki Minaj stated that seeing Knowles’ Pepsi commercial influenced her to appear in Pepsi’s 2012 global campaign. She said: “Out of the people that have done something with Pepsi, I think I was probably the most influenced by the Beyoncé commercial. I felt like this is a young black girl, early on in her career and she’s doing something so iconic and I never thought in a billion years that Pepsi would reach out to someone like me.”[293]
    Gwyneth Paltrow has studied Knowles at her live concerts, while learning to become a musical performer in the film Country Strong (2010).[294] Miranda Lambert stated that Knowles’ concert DVD Live at Wembley inspired her to “take little bits” from Knowles’ performances for her live shows.[295] Trey Songz named Knowles as his favorite female singer and stated: “I followed her since Destiny’s Child’s first single and I truly think she’s deserving of all that she has. She works extremely hard. She’s an amazing performer, vocalist, and even outside of that, she’s an amazing businesswoman. She’s the perfect model for what an artist can be.”[296] Miley Cyrus commented that she would like to be like Knowles, stating: “She is the ultimate woman. You look at her and you don’t think, I wonder what her personal life is like. You look at her and you go, that girl on the stage is a superstar. You don’t care about anything else; you only care about her music. So I would hope that would be me in the future.”[297] Lady Gaga recalled: “I’ve never told Beyoncé this, but I remember laying on my grandmother’s couch crying, and a Destiny’s Child video came on. I remember watching Beyoncé thinking, ‘Oh, she’s a star. I want that. I want to be on MTV’. And now I’m in music videos with Beyoncé.”[298] Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry revealed that she was disappointed that she never became a “megastar” like Knowles, stating: “the temptation to be such a great entertainer and performer like Beyoncé [is] so fantastic. I would adore doing some of that stuff. Her track record with songs is phenomenal; I wish we had as many hits.”[299] Simon Cowell stated that she is “Ambitious, talented, competitive. She defines this new breed of what I call super popstars, and they are all girls at the moment. It’s like a new super species who literally want to rule the world.”[300] Matthew Morrison stated that watching the “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” music video made him realize that Knowles is an icon. “As a singer-dancer myself, I know how hard and how rare it is to have that combination. Beyoncé is so amazing at both and then to see her act as well in Dreamgirls, it’s pretty amazing”.[285] Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas stated: “Beyoncé has always been an icon to me. She’s one of the most talented artists of our generation.”[285]
    Other ventures

    House of Deréon
    Knowles and her mother introduced House of Deréon, a ready-to-wear contemporary women’s fashion line, in 2005.[301] The concept is inspired by three generations of women in their family, with the name Deréon paying tribute to Knowles’ grandmother, Agnèz Deréon, who worked as a seamstress.[302] According to Tina Knowles, the overall style of the line best reflects Knowles’ taste and style.[303] Knowles and her mother founded their family’s company Beyond Productions, which provides the licensing and brand management for Deréon, a “junior lifestyle collection”, and House of Deréon.[301] Products of House of Deréon received public exhibitions through Destiny’s Child’s shows and tours, during their Destiny Fulfilled era.[304][305] The House of Deréon collection features sportswear, denim offerings with fur, outerwear and accessories that include handbags and footwear, which are available at department and specialty stores across the United States and Canada.[301]
    In 2005, Knowles teamed up with House of Brands, a local shoe company, to produce a range of footwear for House of Deréon.[306] In January 2008, Starwave Mobile launched Beyoncé Fashion Diva, a “high-style” mobile game with an online social networking component, featuring the House of Deréon collection.[301] In July 2009, Knowles and her mother launched a new junior apparel label, Sasha Fierce for Deréon, for back-to-school selling. The collection included sportswear, outerwear, handbags, footwear, eyewear, lingerie and jewelry.[307] It was available to buy at department stores including Macy’s and Dillard’s, and specialty stores Jimmy Jazz and Against All Odds.[307] On May 27, 2010, Knowles teamed up with clothing store C&A to launch Deréon by Beyoncé at C&A stores in Brazil.[308] The collection included Tailored blazers with padded shoulders, little black dresses, embroidered tops and shirts and bandage dresses.[308]
    Products and endorsements
    In 2002, Knowles signed a promotional deal with Peps

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      YOU WILL RESPECT BEYSUS…

      • January 23, 2013 at 9:49 am
        kooo says:
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        f*** off demon possessed b**** go seek help

  2. January 22, 2013 at 8:07 pm
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    PYTFROMAL says:
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    Good. Can’t say that Im a fan of his music but I recognize talent when I see it. Let’s appreciate our legends while they’re still here.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm
      Commander Of The Rihanna Navy says:
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      …But yet, you’re a fan of Michael’s music?

      If you’re a fan of MJ then surely Prince is just as worthy to be liked… And Prince’s talent was other-worldly.

      Btw, I’m not coming at u… Was just wondering y u dont like his music?

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm
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        Yes, I’m a fan of MJ’s music. Perhaps my comment came off in the wrong way so let me explain. I haven’t really ever given his music a try. I don’t know why I’ve just never been interested. I do recognize his great talents and artistry however. I will give his music a try someday :)

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm
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        Oh, okay. But yes, definetely, you truly should.

        The most obvious would be to listen to his ‘Purple Rain’ album. MY GOODNESS. If you want to hear “TRUE” Pop music in its most artistic form – that is the album for you.

        No wonder the media pitted Prince and M.J together between 1983 – 1985. Purple Rain was #1 for 26 weeks whereas Thriller was #1 for 37 weeks. BOTH of their albums were supreme, I cant choose.

        Other albums of Prince u should listen to would have to be

        1. Dirty Mind (PURE SEXUAL FUNK & FIRE)
        2. 1999 (A fusion of Pop, Rock, Funk, Electronica etc. AMAZING)
        3. Around the World in a Day (Abit left field – a fusion of 1960’s Rock/Soul music with 1980’s production. MAGNIFICENT but not for everybody.
        4. Sign o the Times (No other album embodied the 80’s like this, besides Bad, it was just straight POP.

        etc… lad to help. @PYT :)

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm
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      Thanks, Jake! :)

      I’ve DEFINITELY heard about Purple Rain, just never listened. I’ve heard it’s a masterpiece! I’m going to head to YT now and give Prince a listen!

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm
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        LOL. Yeah, thats cool. The only problem is Prince doesn’t really like his music shared on YouTube. He signed this referendum to not have his music shared on streaming sites. The only songs available on youtube are ‘Kiss, When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, Controversy and I wanna Be Your Lover’.

        You’d probably have to buy his albums etc… A HOT MESS, I KNOW.

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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        Funny that you said that cause as soon as I typed in his name on youtube all I saw were Prince covers I was like WTF??Usually when you type in a artists’ name as popular as him you get 1 million+ videos. LOL.

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm
        JAKE says:
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        Yeah. See. I told yo’ ass. LOL.

        I guess Prince wants music to remain old-fashioned. Obviously, back in his and Michaels day, it was you either buy the physical album, the physical single or request/hear it on the radio. He hates the the new download/streaming/digital era/revolution we’re.

        So, what is your fave MJ song/Album?

        My fave songs would be un-popular ones: Just Good Freinds/Baby Be Mine/Dangerous/Stranger in Moscow/In The Closet/Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough etc…

        Fave albums: Dangerous/Off The Wall.

    • January 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm
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      LOL. I ain’t mad at Prince though. I get why he would block his music from Youtube.

      My fave MJ songs,well some of them- I just can’t stop loving you, She’s out of my life, The Way you Love me(yeah Im a love song type of person lol), Off The Wall, Ben, Music and Me, Rock with you,wanna be starting something

      My favorite albums are Bad/Off The Wall

  4. January 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm
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    Man , It is SO hard for me to not shade him , Like i really want to do it so badly , but I won’t , simply cuz i know he’s so much respected and that i will probably get dragged to hell and get burned if i thought about it , so ….. NICE FONT.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:16 pm
      Suicide Blonde says:
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      Express Yourself honey but why you want to shade him?

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:18 pm
      Hoes Bey Like she did that (no she didn't) -__- says:
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      the only thing you’re going to drag is your ass across the floor with you flea infested self

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm
      Fatriah Hairy (Lana & Gaga schoolin' hoes) says:
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      This is an online blog. Nobody can “drag” you for having an opinion they don’t like.
      The man is an icon though so I’m not sure why you wanna shade him though.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm
      EnRanc says:
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      Good idea. Shut the f*** up before you say something that makes someone else say something that ends up with you getting put in your place. Prince is an icon and a legend, and undoubtedly 10x more successful and 20x more talented than ANYBODY you stan for, so hush your f****** mouth and keep it moving.

  5. January 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm
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    “Did you know Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson were all born within months of each other in the year 1958?”

    ___

    If only were Whitney were born the same year and not in 1963!!!

    Anyway – Michael, Prince, Madonna and Prince are easily the FOUR BIGGEST ARTISTS to have permeated Pop culture. There LEGACIES will live on FOREVER. Unlike beyDECEPTIONce’, who is so OBSESSED with wanting to become a Legend. THEIVING b****.

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:06 pm
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      PLEASE DONT FORGET WHITNEY!!! SHE WAS THE

      • January 22, 2013 at 11:07 pm
        SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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        *THE 80’S WHITNEY WAS THE QUEEN OF POP DURING THE 80’S

  6. January 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm
    Pop Royalty says:
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    on more exciting news , Congrats to Shaki and Pique on having a baby Boy :D

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm
      ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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      Yes! I’m so happy for her ♥ I love her.

  7. January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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    RESPECT MY GOD

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm
      Lou says:
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      Shut up OMG you aint a real Beyoncé fan, I swear u want people to come for her!

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        WHO TF ARE YOU DOE

        YOU DONT KNOW s***

  8. January 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm
    Jay Scorpio says:
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    in other news…. CNN has confirmed Times of London report that Beyonce lip-synched the National Anthem during #inaug2013…. damn shame considering she still sounded ah hott mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm
      Stash says:
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      in other news: Jay Scorpio is a f*****.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm
      Lou says:
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      And you are late.com people already over that ish.

  9. January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm
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    “Did you know Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson were all born within months of each other in the year 1958?”

    Yep and another curious fact, Elvis Presley died on Madonna’s 19th birthday, some call it “The Day the Music Died, and Was Born”, anyway, His Royal Badness looking s*** as always, i have a big male crush on him, he is so enigmatic, must be because he is Gemini like me, lol.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:25 pm
      ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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      “Yep and another curious fact, Elvis Presley died on Madonna’s 19th birthday, some call it”

      b****!!!!! I was about to post this!!!! f*** you c***.

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        I know everything about my husband Elvis and wife Madge.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm
      JAKE says:
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      Hey @ Suicide… How are you?

      Quick question… Do you think there could be another Male Pop superstar like Prince & M.J in this lifetime?

      And I don’t mean, Bruno Mars, J.T, J.B etc… as, personally, I just think they’re rehases of the past but do you think in the next couple of years, a man may arise in Pop culture who just has “THAT” factor about him. Whether he is just a singer, an entertainer like M.J/Madonna or a musician like Prince.

      Just wondering…

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm
        JAKE says:
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        Oh yeah and Hey @MC – How are you? What do you think also? (My Question to Suicide)

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm
        ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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        No, we haven’t had a male star since Michael and Prince that was up to a standard as theirs. I think we need to accept that we will never have anyone like them (and this goes for the females as well). I personally think we need more male artists like Prince in the mainstream because we already have MJ inspired wannabes with JT, JB, Usher, CB, etc….I don’t know why people don’t study Prince’s craft the way they do Michael’s considering (I think) Prince is a better musician and artists.

        Michael is rare but I believe that Prince is just once in a century type of artist, he lives and breathes his work and its an art of its own.

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        Do you think there could be another Male Pop superstar like Prince & M.J in this lifetime?

        I can’t say no but i don’t think it will happen soon as the music is dominated by females artists nowadays, i really wish though, i’m tired of all these b******.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm
      ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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      Wait I thought he died on her 18th birthday though?

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        It was her 19th birthday.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm
      Fatriah Hairy (Lana & Gaga schoolin' hoes) says:
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      Oh shut up. Your sashaying ass is a racist just like Elvis.
      Bye with this irrelevant ass information.

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA CAN’T STAND THAT f** @SUICIDEBLONDE THAT h** NEED COMMIT SUICIDE YOUR NOT WANTED HEAR

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm
        Suicide Blonde says:
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        @Fatriah Hairy (Lana & Gaga schoolin’ hoes)
        I’m as racist as Beyonce.

        @BEYSUS A TRUE GOD
        I love you too.

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        EAT MY p****

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:10 pm
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      f*** THAT RACIST THIEVING ASS ELVIS!!! HE STOLED FROM UNDERGROUND BLUES ARTIST IN MEMPHIS!!!

      • January 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm
        SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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        YES BLACK BLUES LEGENDS!!!!

  10. January 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm
    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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    “Did you know Prince, Madonna, and Michael Jackson were all born within months of each other in the year 1958?”

    Yes I knew this. Almost all the majesties were born around the same time, sent from God to save us from lessor “artists”. f****** Suicide Blonde stole my thunder about Elvis and Madonna’s death and birth…..I admit, I’m kinda mad.

    Anyways, Prince looks divine as always. I hope he performs at the ceremony and I hope he announces a new album.

  11. January 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm
    Cream says:
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    My mama beat my ass for tallking about prince some time ago lol. But his superbowl performance was s*** but b****** Beyonce takes the superbowl stage to show you b****** how its done NEXT WEEK b****** wow time go back so fast it was like the other day Chris brown Beat the s*** out of Rihanna.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      BEYSUS WILL HAVE THE BEST SUPERBOWL PERFORMANCE KNOWN TO MAN

  12. January 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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    @MC & @SUICIDE BLONDE I HATE YOU TWO BUM b****** I HOPE YOU GUYS HAVE HORRIFIC DEATHS YOU f*** DONT DESERVE TO LIVE YOU BOTH DISRESPECTFUL TO MY LORD SO ITS A RAP FOR YALL HOES…..

    WHEN BEY DROPS THAT SINGLE TRUST & BELIEVE THAT WILL BE THE END OF YOUR FUNKY FAVS CAREER DON’T GET SCARED NOW THE 5TH COMING OF BEYSUS IS ON ITS WAY

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm
      Suicide Blonde says:
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      LMAO, you are crazy but that makes me laugh.

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        IDGAF WHY TF YOU ALWAYS COMIN FOR BEYSUS HUH HUNKY?

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm
      ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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      Amen, hallelujah!!

      • January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        WHAT YO ISSUE WITH MY FAV DOE?

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm
      LORDYONCE says:
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      love this comment hate those whores to especially @MC she’s the fakest of the fake

  13. January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    In other news, Sam i think J.Lo deserve a post for her collaboration with Andrea Bocelli, truly amazing, she’s not Whitney but she sounds so good, so passionate.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:47 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      f*** J.h**

      • January 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm
        SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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        Awww but your faves WISHES SHE LOOKED LIKE J LO AND BEYFAKE GOT TO WEAR b*** PADS TO HAVE A J LO ASS THO

  14. January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    Legendary!

  15. January 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm
    Lou says:
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    Beysus makes Sybil look sane! THAT is saying something.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      ACTUALLY IM VERY SANE NOTHING WRONG WITH ME BASIC b****

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm
      Lou says:
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      Your name suggests otherwise

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        SHES MY GOD NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT…

  16. January 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    there are about 3 Beyonce fans that are irking the holy s*** out of me.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      ARE WE SUPPOSED TO CARE HOW U FEEL? YOU AINT NO REAL BEYSUS STAN ANYWAYS YOUR JUST A FAN IM A STAN BEY IS MY RELIGION I TAKE s*** VERY SERIOUS WITH BEY…

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:10 pm
        King B>Rihanna says:
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        and I’m suppose to care that you replied.b**** I stan for JESUS CHRIST so take you fire crotch h***** infested p**** and burn in f****** hell.

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        LOOK YOUR A FELLOW HIVE MEMBER & IM SORRY DIDN’T MEAN TO COME AT YOU WRONG I GUESS I MIGHT TAKE THIS STANNIN STUFF A BIT TO FAR BUT ITS WHAT BEYSUS WANTS OF US…PLEASE DON’T HATE ME IM SO SORRY I JUST DOING WHAT GOD ASK OF ME

        TODAY HAS BEEN A ROUGH DAY FOR THE HIVE IM JUST FEED UP PEOPLE ARE SO DISRESPECTFUL TO BEYSUS MAKES ME WANNA CRY DUDE

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      I swear gworl THEY ARE THE ONLY REASON WHY I DISLIKE BEY!!! WHEN YOUR HIVE MEMBERS CAME FOR MY ULTIMATE FAVE WHITNEY I WAS PISSED BUT I RESPECT YOU FOR THAT THO!! KUDOS TO YOUR COMMENT :)

  17. January 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    Lou says:
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    And good for Prince!

  18. January 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    manny g says:
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    BOUNCY IS A FRAUD, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. FROM THE PREGNANCY TO THIS LIP SYNCED PERFORMANCE. WHY DID SHE PULL HER EAR PEICE OFF IF IT WAS NEVER ON? LMAO!! #fake #fraud #phony and #overrated.

    Goodnight.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:50 pm
      Julia says:
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      And this aint a BEYONCE post so yeah, BYE. Haters having a field day with this like its never been done.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      GET OUT!!!!! NOBODY CARE WHAT YOU TALKING BOUT IRRELEVANT h**

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:18 pm
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      Just let it go sweetie

  19. January 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm
    jay says:
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    A REAL AND TRUE LEGEND ON HIS OWN RIGHT!!!

  20. January 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm
    jay says:
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    New plastic artists can learn a thing or two from him

  21. January 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm
    Julia says:
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    Congrats, he makes me laugh for some reason.

  22. January 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm
    Kate Middleton says:
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    talk about PR damage control, the truth came out but now back tracking. sorry the damage was already done, a little too late nobody will believe this fraud fat liar. bad start already.

    she faked the singing and faked her pregnancy, this two will NEVER die out even the mainstream public is already saying damage control by her PR.

    i wonder how much she paid, she might go broke after paying each time to cover up her fat exposed Asssss!!!!

    LOL!!! from fake pregnancy to fake singing.

    her diva attitude while lipping was HILARIOUS!!

    • January 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm
      XoMoDe says:
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      You loony tunes nutcase. You have more identities and personas on here than the witness protection program, yet you have the gall to call someone else a fake. I bet in real life you smell, are as ugly as hell and no one talks to you ever. Maybe that’s why you spend all the time and energy you do here posting a thousand back to back messages under a thousand different user names. Thinking that everyone is as stupid as you are and won’t be able to peep that it’s you behind your ugly ass masks.

  23. January 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm
    NΛVI says:
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    OH prince my ultimate fav..living legend right here and a huge staple in POP music. Mad respect for him and his discography > *plays UPTOWN*

  24. January 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm
    Lala says:
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    That Prince and Beyoncé duet at the Grammys…

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      YAAAAAA TWO LEGENDS I LOVED IT BEYONCE LOOKED SO GORGEOUS HER LOOKS CAN KILL

  25. January 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm
    NΛVI says:
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    btw HI kids (hood-hive) this is an “ACTUAL LEGEND” if you didn’t know what one is.

    • January 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm
      Lou says:
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      Tell that to your fellow Navis too.

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm
        NΛVI says:
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        no i don’t need to..we’re not delusional like you guys… we actually have respect for legends and their musical craft unlike the hood hive who dragged whitney houston yesterday with no remorse.

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm
        BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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        SO TF WHAT?? & WE WILL DRAG THAT DRUGGY AGAIN IF HER FANS GET OUT OF LINE

      • January 23, 2013 at 4:23 am
        Lou says:
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        Um yes you are *looks back at previous comments saying Rihanna is the black Madonna and Rihanna is the greatest popstar OF ALL TIME.*

      • January 23, 2013 at 7:22 am
        HYFR says:
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        Sit down that was like two people not the whole Hive. In which case check your fellow Navi Benron who mocked Whitneys death and downgraded celine. Ive read so many delusional things from the Navi too.

    • January 22, 2013 at 9:01 pm
      BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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      MUCH RESPECT FOR SISSY QUEEN PRINCE…& BEYONCE IS AN ACTUAL LEGEND….DONT START RIHTARD

      • January 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm
        NΛVI says:
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        see my point proven once again.

      • January 23, 2013 at 4:23 am
        Lou says:
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        1 person.

  26. January 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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    DARLING SAM CAN YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR COMMENTERS I FEEL LIKE IM BEING HARRASSED FOR MY RELIGION THAT SHITS NOT RIGHT..

  27. January 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    I don’t see how the hell you can having f****** respect for a LEGEND and consider Rihanna a legend that in and of itself is dis-respect.

    • January 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm
      NΛVI says:
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      b**** i know your comment is directed at me but let me make this quite clare for you…rihanna is not a legend nor have i ever made those claims. unlike you i don’t go around parading like rihanna is the best thing since slice bread and act like she’s better than everybody. i accept rihanna for who she is..i know she’s not best vocalist nor do i care… i can live that but her music is much better that your fav and that’s debatable if you want to get into it. i love music at the end of the day and prince along with others i have mad respect for because of what they stand for and they weren’t afraid to express themselves through their music and the way they dressed, speak, act…pretty much their whole demeanor. that’s why i can relate to rihanna, prince etc…that daring and idgi f*** attitude in thier music and being. i hope that answered your question.

      • January 22, 2013 at 10:29 pm
        King B>Rihanna says:
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        Rihanna makes better music,LMFAO. well to me Beyonce make better music than Rihanna so there I hope that answers your question.So we will forever disagree to agree with who is better plus you clearly have not seen by many post so you clearly don’t know that i don’t consider Beyonce.

  28. January 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    BEYSUS A TRUE GOD says:
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    I DO THIS s*** FOR BEYSUS…. NO ONE CAN PHASE ME CALL ME CRAZY IDGAF SHES MY RELIGION IM FAITHFUL TO MY RELIGION IVE SAID BEFORE I WOULD BATHE IN BLOOD FOR MY GOD THAT’S HOW SERIOUS I AM ABOUT MY RELIGION DON’T JUDGE ME JUST APPRECIATE MY FAITHFULNESS TOWARDS MY GOD

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm
      LORDYONCE says:
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      Haha yes ma’am she is our religion & we are here to serve our king so excited for her new single

      • January 23, 2013 at 7:33 am
        HYFR says:
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        b**** be replying to its own comments.

  29. January 22, 2013 at 9:36 pm
    just sayin says:
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    To call Beyonce GOD when she is a human is stupid. It sounds so dumb and it really is disrespectful to GOD and Beyonce, who will tell you she loves Jesus Christ. So, all you stans calling her your religion, should carefully damage control your life before GOD, the real GOD, shows you just where praising another human as God will get you. Learn respect people

    • January 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm
      PYTFROMAL says:
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      This person is a troll with several accounts. Pay he/she/it no mind. The creature is only desperate for attention.

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm
      LORDYONCE says:
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      But she is a god a musical god sent from her mother who is the REAL GOD

  30. January 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm
    SLAY HER says:
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    I JUST NOTICED SOMETHING…

    For those of you who says, “Who cares, she sang it with her track”

    Why is there a pic of her in the same black dress she wore at the inauguration, singing along with earphones with her Mac in an office, like she was practicing before she went on? I’m thinking it’s backstage somewhere. If she told them that she was going to sing against a track, why put this pic up right before she was going on?

    4th PIC DOWN, RIGHT PIC–

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266539/Beyonce-DIDNT-sing-National-Anthem-live-Inauguration-lip-synched-thing-ripped-earpiece.html

    • January 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm
      XoMoDe says:
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      Hey Sybil. Tired of posting as Kate Middleton, huh? LOL ADHD, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Bipolar. If you could afford insurance, you would some doctor who has the authority to write prescriptions a lot of money!

      In the meantime even if Beyonce did lip the SSB, the bottom line is that she is still 50 times the singer that untalented, non-singing. bukkake c** drenched alien forehead punching bag Rihanna Fenty is or ever will be.

      :D

      • January 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm
        SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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        YOU WISH b****!!! RIHANNA >>>>>>>>>>>>>BEYFAKE

  31. January 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    I like how these new b****** come on here and act like they know s***.

  32. January 22, 2013 at 10:13 pm
    n****......... says:
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    Lol wow man the beyonce fans are INSANE!!!!!!!!

  33. January 22, 2013 at 10:24 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    I love how ehn 3 Hive members say ignorant s*** that the entire HIVE is insane but over 10 NAVY fans comment and still spit s*** out of their mouth that they still ain’t bad.I see thru your s***, The HIVE and NAVY are both full of s***.

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      IM SORRY BABES BUT IT WAS 12345 BEY HIVES YESTURDAY TALKING ILL ABOUT THE LEGENDARY WHITNEY! THE NAVY MIGHT BE CRAZY BUT WE HAVE NEVER DISREPECTED LEGENDS ESPECIALLY DEAD LEGENDS!! WHITNEY HAS BEEN GONE FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW AND SOME OF US STANS ARE STILL IN MOURNING OVER HER UNTIMELY DEATH!! I STILL CRY WHEN I GO ON YOU TUBE AND SEE WHITNEY IN ALL HER GLORY!! I LIKE BEY BUT HER STANS MAKE ME NOT LIKE HER AND YESTURDAY WAS THE LAST STRAW. I KNOW YOU GIVE PROPS BUT YOU AND RICHANDBLACK THROW SHADE BUT TOLERABLE SHADE. I NEVER DISREPECT MY LEGENDS BUT ONLY THE HIVES DO!

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:28 pm
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      I REALLY THINK THAT ITS 1 PERSON THAT IS TRYING TO START STAN WARS! BUT I WILL RESPECT BEY IF YOU RESPECT RIHANNA AND WHITNEY

      • January 22, 2013 at 11:51 pm
        King B>Rihanna says:
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        you told you i didn’t respect WH?The problem is that you take what 3 hive say and run with it.i have never disrespect legends on here and when I throw shade it is mainly at Rihanna because I’m re-paying the Navy for always coming for Beyonce.

    • January 23, 2013 at 4:37 am
      RoyalKev says:
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      I’m so tired of this talk about the Hive disrespecting Whitney. Don’t let 2/3 loose cannons define a pack of stans. I stan for both Whitney & Bey and I would never degrade “The Voice” to uplift Beyonce. I’ve never seen any sensible Hive member throw darts that way, so it’s senseless to lump us all together. That is just another attempt for Beyonce haters to attack B stans. It amazes me how some people that seem to be more logical on this blog are quick to run with that.

      http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  34. January 22, 2013 at 10:34 pm
    SLAY HER says:
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    SHE DID STANS–THIS IS FROM THE WASHINGTONIAN:

    To the press seated just below the podium, in front of the “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing during the song—even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance, Beyoncé removed her earpiece.

    A hint as to the actual origins of the version Beyoncé sang came from her own hand: On January 20, the day before the ceremony, Beyoncé posted pictures to her Instagram account that appeared to show her in a recording studio. In one, she holds a copy of the sheet music to “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of a microphone attached to a recording device, and in another she sits in front of recording equipment while members of the Marine Corps Band stand clutching sheet music behind her.

    Miming along to a pre-recorded track isn’t unheard of at inaugural ceremonies. At President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, cold weather and wind meant that a live performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman had to be nixed in favor of a recording.

    “We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use prerecorded music,” a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told The Washingtonian this morning. “All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.”

    • January 23, 2013 at 4:25 am
      Lou says:
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      Where did they actually say she lip synced, all I got was the backing track was pre recorded, that’s a different thing.

  35. January 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm
    LORDYONCE says:
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    I love the hive their so passionate about our king

  36. January 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    LORDYONCE says:
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    Dear Navy stop worrying about our Goddess Beyonce she would never lip sync that for basic girls like Britney Nicki & Janet Respect bey & the hive & we will respect you

    • January 23, 2013 at 8:50 am
      SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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      ^^^^the navy neverCALLS LEGENDS LIKE JANET BASIC

  37. January 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm
    XtinaaLovee says:
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    Hood Hive = A Bunch Of NutCases
    Gawd They Make The Lil Monsters & Navy Look Sane Lol

    • January 22, 2013 at 11:53 pm
      King B>Rihanna says:
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      and the Fighters ain’t supporting Floptus so please worry about CA and her her fat ego and her torn to shed voice.

      • January 23, 2013 at 4:51 am
        RoyalKev says:
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        Check out that Vocal Bible post and you’ll find head strong, delusional Chrissy stans (that exist in that circle the way trolls do in all of them). People are so quick to label the Hive members! Even if everyone realized how these extreme “Bey stans” that have popped up recently weren’t actually Bey stans the damage would never get undone here. People seem to be looking for something to pin on the Hive, so you have to let them knock themselves out.

        http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  38. January 23, 2013 at 1:11 am
    dboy6 says:
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    u need ta quit it

  39. January 23, 2013 at 3:05 am
    SLAY HER says:
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    beyawnce roasted.

    http://www.rhymeswithsnitch.com/2013/01/beyonce-caught-lip-syncing.html?commentPage=1&m=1

    its even worse on mainstream blogs like tmz etc. ROFLMAO.

    you cannot compare what she did with Whitney Superbowl. leave Whitney at the Superbowl which is enyertainment ground. beyfraud lip synced at a inauguration(historical ground) when Kelly sang LIVE!!!

    she will be compared to kelly who upstaged and SLAYED.

    they might boo her at the Superbowl, and i hope they do. this faker exposed herself buy shoving herself down people’s throats.

    the damage is done, there is no turning back.

    she has made history in the most embarrassing way possible.

    beyfraud will from now be knowned as, Beyllini

  40. January 23, 2013 at 3:29 am
    SLAY HER says:
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    beyawnce roasted.

    http://www.rhymeswithsnitch.com/2013/01/beyonce-caught-lip-syncing.html?commentPage=1&m=1

    its even worse on mainstream blogs like tmz etc. ROFLMAO.

    you cannot compare what she did with Whitney Superbowl. leave Whitney at the Superbowl which is an entertainment ground. beyfraud lip synced at a inauguration(historical ground) when Kelly sang LIVE!!!

    she will be compared to kelly who upstaged and SLAYED.

    they might boo her at the Superbowl, and i hope they do. this faker exposed herself buy shoving herself down people’s throats.

    the damage is done, there is no turning back.

    she has made history in the most embarrassing way possible.

    beyfraud will from now be known as, Beynilli

  41. January 23, 2013 at 4:28 am
    Lou says:
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    Just a point, the Marine Band person only stated that the music was pre- recorded, not that she actually lip synced. Im not saying she didn’t, but you know how the media run and jump with things. And also why did she take out her earpiece? If there she was miming it would’ve been virtually impossible for her to hear a what she was miming from and stay in time. #ijs

  42. January 23, 2013 at 4:31 am
    Beyonce is a fraud, fake, who steals from others to further her own career says:
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    BEY-HIVE b****** NEED TO BE LOCKED UP INSIDE A MENTAL INSTITUTION… THESE CUNTS ARE TRULY MENTALLY UNSTABLE POOR BABIES… JESUS LOVES YOU :-)

  43. January 23, 2013 at 5:12 am
    Maa says:
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    Even Aled Jones (a professional British Opera singer) who presents the main ITV breakfast show says she sang live, and that it was probably the music that was pre-recorded, because she wouldn’t have been able to hear a vocal backing track having taken out out her in ear monitor.

  44. January 23, 2013 at 6:53 am
    HOTSTUFF says:
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    A true performer not like BEYFRAUD who lip syncs ! All my syncing ladies, all my syncing ladies, now put your hands up !

    • January 23, 2013 at 7:16 am
      HYFR says:
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      So Mariah, Whitney and Janet are also frauds then?

      • January 23, 2013 at 8:48 am
        SIP YOUR PEPSI AND WATCH YOUR b**** FLOP IN 2013!!! WHILE RIHANNA SLAYS!!! says:
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        NO THEM LADIES ARE LEGENDS WHO HAVE OPEN DOORS FOR YOUR FAVE!! 200 MILLION ALBUMS BOTH OF THOSE LEGENDS ARE WAYYYYYY BETTER THAN BEY

  45. January 23, 2013 at 7:42 am
    HYFR says:
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    b****** run with lies like the wind. Lies spread before the truth can even get its boots on.

  46. January 23, 2013 at 8:59 am
    THE WHITNEY NAVY(WHITNEY AND RIHANNA)!!! says:
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    THE HIVES WILL ALWAYS BE DISRESPECTFUL TOWARDS TRUE LEGENDS AND ICONS LIKE WHITNEY AND MARIAH AND JANET AND MADONNA SO JUST IGNORE THEM

    • January 23, 2013 at 5:18 pm
      JOHNVIDAL says:
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      Whitney and Rihanna? b**** please! LOL Don´t put that talentless manufactured model in the same sentence as Whitney Houston please

  47. January 23, 2013 at 9:08 am
    BitchICan'tEvenSpellWelfare says:
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    *Bows* to the Prince-yes!

    LEGEND.ICON.

  48. January 23, 2013 at 11:42 am
    Music Soul Harmony says:
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    Lol ppl are still talking about this. Listen b****** regardless of whether beyonce didn’t sing 100% live she sang over a prerecorded track. Just becuz someone lips doesn’t mean they can’t still sing. Cuz if that was true Mariah, Whitney and Celine would not even be placed that high on a pedestal. And there has been controversy with them lipping also. Beyonce didn’t rehearse with the band and since she’s a perfectionist she will not chance screwing up the national anthem and being disrespectful unlike screamtina aguilera. The navy is still pressed over this becuz they know bey will sing circles around their weak fave any day. LOL. Seethe.

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    Mj is better.

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