Happy Birthday Beyonce! TGJ Counts Down Our Favorite 40 Minutes of Queen Bey Live

Published: Saturday 4th Sep 2021 by Sam

Happy 40th Birthday Beyonce!

Incomparable, inimitable, and insurmountable, Queen Bey is the definition of a once-in-a-lifetime talent. For three decades, we’ve all watched in wonderment as she transformed from a teen with a dream into one of the greatest artists of all time.

Her dedication and drive for excellence have rendered her an icon, a legend, and a name that will be celebrated forever and always. 

That Grape Juice toasts to this very special BeyDay by tallying our favorite 40 minutes from Beyonce Knowles-Carter’s live portfolio.

With a presence as pronounced and an impact as widespread as hers, it was no easy feat.

Check out our picks below and let us know if you

Blazing the BET Awards 2003 with ‘Crazy In Love.’ Unquestionably a crowning moment.

MTV VMAs 2003: descending from the sky to ignite the stage as only she can.
She made it clear that it was game-time and hasn’t looked back since.

GRAMMYs 2008: Our joy seeing these two megastars perform alongside each other hasn’t wavered. An idol and her idol.

Bey made many sit up and ‘Listen’ to the potency of her vocals during this ‘Dreamgirls’ Oprah Show special in 2006. Still our favorite vocal performance from her to-date.

This explosive showing of ‘Run the World (Girls)’ at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards re-affirms why she was oh so deserving of the Artist of the Millenium honor she took home that night.

Glastonbury 2011 was simply magic. A one of a kind artist at a one-of-a-kind festival.

For all Mrs. Carter’s technical gravitas, she also gives us the moments darling. And this pregnancy reveal at the 2011 MTV VMAs is etched in Pop culture history.

Few artists are as deserving of the MTV VMA Video Vanguard honor and the Queen highlighted why. Ever pushing the envelope, rather than opt for a retrospective, she seized the stage at the 2014 show to perform the entirety of her groundbreaking self-titled visual album..live.

No matter the enormity of the stage, Beyonce has made it routine to deliver the biggest spectacle possible. Such was the case at Coachella 2018. Never before has the festival played host to such a titan-sized showing. From the HBCU theme to the incorporation of her colossal catalog, BeyChella still gives us chills.

If ever there was a wholistic offering that encapsulated ALL of Beyonce’s brilliance, it was her electrifying performance at the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime. A masterclass in performance at the highest level, it watches like an Olympian in their prime. And this was a championship slay.

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[Photo Credit: Getty / MTV]

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  1. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 4, 2021

    The Body of Victoria’s Secret, the Face of Naomi Cambel, the voice of Mariah Carey, the Dance ability of Chris Brown, the Performance & stage presence of Michael Jackson, the musicality of Prince, the vocal range of christina agurlera, the Acting abilty of Angela Basset

    And, no im not done yet!

    The skin of Halle Berry, the Gratitude of Michelle Willams, the buisness saviness of Tyler Perry, the essence of Marylyn Monroe, the appeal of Kim Kardasian, the Grace of Oprah, the Class of Michelle Obama, the innocence of Christ, the Wisdom of Maya Angelo, the Longevity of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the youth of Chloe Baily, the Power of Malcom X.

    The Queen B is All of 40 but looks 20



    • Teetee September 4, 2021

      Please. Shes nothing more than hype and pageantry. She promotes demontime and alister crowley.. U can celebrate evil being manifested. Im not

      • Haterz Gon’ Hate September 4, 2021

        And yet….. your life still never really stacked up to anything near what you wanted it to be…. Who’s really winning? 💁🏾‍♀️

    • Teetee September 4, 2021

      Its more than your life will ever amount to, so continue to live vicariously through ms demontime. Good luck

  2. 🎉 1988 No. 1 🎉 September 4, 2021

    Happy 🎂 Beyonce!!!! 🎉

  3. Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 4, 2021

    This Queen wishes the undisputed Queen Bey a Happy Birthday 👑👑 🐝 🐝. Now drop that B’Day 2.0 and send the haters on their merry way! 😂🤣💯🤳🏽🙌🏽

    • DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE September 4, 2021


      • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 4, 2021

        🥱🥱 Queen Bey’s estimated net worth in 2021 is between $420 million and $500 million. 👑👑🐝🐝😂😂🤣

  4. Scoopz September 4, 2021

    How is Deja Vu BET Awards not there? Arguably top 3 for her

    • Navy Gravy September 4, 2021


      Deja Vu @ The BET AWARDS and
      Deja Vu @ Fashion Rocks in ‘06 were the absolute best performances of that song

  5. Teetee September 4, 2021

    She is nothing more than a remixed Diana Ross. Jane Toussaint 2.0. All style with zero substance

  6. Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 4, 2021

    Another day, another Beyoncé post…

  7. HELLOKITTY September 4, 2021

    I came here for the comments but I see that’s it too early. I’ll check back later for the brutality. hahaha

    • Detruth September 4, 2021

      Lmao she is beautiful and talented I think she has been over hyped but there is no denying her looks and talent i just never understood why her career thrived when others thats just as talented and more declined. Not her fault but she definitely dominated her lane.

  8. Ms.Ling Ling September 4, 2021

    Overrated black woman.

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 4, 2021


  9. Navy Gravy September 4, 2021

    It’s almost like she’s just not the same Beyoncé anymore. This rap-trap-queen that she has turned into the last few years would have never gotten passed Matthew. By the labels giving her creative control over selecting her own tracklists, singles, etc it has affected the quality of her discography and her performances aren’t even as monumental as they used to be. She needs some honesty in her circle and not a bunch of yes men afraid to tell her the truth that what she has been putting together is just “Not Hot”!!!

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 4, 2021

      THE QUEEN’S most acclaimed bodys of work are LEMONADE FORMATION & COCHELLA… You’re definitely One Marble short of a PlayStation 5.

    • ROCK September 5, 2021

      You are right.
      She hasn’t been the same since 2010 or so.

  10. Anne September 4, 2021

    I think Billboard “Run the World Girls” is still my favorite but I think the “Listen” performance on Oprah is a close second and of course her Superbowl halftime show. Anyway, all of the choices are great. When it comes to performances Beyonce’s only competition is Beyonce.

  11. LizzoJuice September 4, 2021

    Happy birthday Beyonce 🎉🎉🎉
    We love you!
    When is Formation Tour part 2?

  12. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 September 4, 2021

    Happy Birthday Bey! 🎂 Get everything you want too…I know I do lol 🤳🏽💋

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 September 5, 2021

      Me too lol 🤳🏽💋

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